All of which only goes to prove Moore’s long-held contention that it is impossible to make movies out of his work. “There is something about the quality of comics that makes things possible that you couldn’t do in any other medium,” he says, with just a hint of the exasperated schoolteacher. “Things that we did in Watchmen on paper could be frankly horrible or sensationalist or unpleasant if you were to interpret them literally through the medium of cinema. When it’s just lines on paper, the reader is in control of the experience Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it’s a tableau vivant. And that gives it the necessary distance. It’s not the same when you’re being dragged through it at 24 frames per second.”
I think that puts it rather nicely.