Was 2003’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Really All That Bad?

Today’s question is in regards to the 2003 film ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,’ was it really as bad as they say? To many fans of Alan Moore’s graphic novels, the unequivocal answer would be ‘YES’. For my sins, I’ve read the Moore’s entire series of ‘League’ books, and whilst they’re certainly entertaining, there’s also a fair amount of padding, and way, way too many pop culture/film/literary figures shoehorned into the narrative for my liking.


Almost resembling a check list that Moore feels he must tick off as he plods through the various storylines.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) - Trailer (HD BD)


Returning to the movies, whilst it’s no masterpiece, I found it an entertaining romp, with some sharp dialogue and good performances, particularly from Stuart Townsend as as Dorian Gray:


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (3/5) Movie CLIP - It's Possible I Can't Die (2003) HD


There’s also way too much dodgy CGI, but at least MOST of the cast enter the spirit of the piece, despite the troubled nature of the production. Sadly the picture was the last live action performance* by Sean Connery, who didn’t get on with director Stephen Norrington – to put it mildly.


Sean Connery being rude and aggressive


The failure of LXG appears to have put paid to Norrington’s directing career, which is a great shame since he helmed the first (and to my mind best) Blade (1998), making him a John the Baptist figure to Kevin Feige’s Jesus role in terms of Marvel Studios, if you will.


Blade - I've got his pigsticker


Norrington also played Michael Morbius in that discarded ending to the original Blade I referenced last week:

Blade 1998 MORBIUS Alternate Ending


In spite of the film’s shortcoming, rumours of a rebooted TV series of LXG continue. 


Footnote *Connery played Sir Billi in the godawful 2012 kids animation of the same name. Truly a cinematic turd; here’s the entire movie, if you feeling pushing yourself into a mood of suicidal despair:


Stephen Arnell

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