The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is getting a reboot. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has decided to have another go at adapting Alan Moore's dark and wildly imaginative comic book series for the big screen. Although the comics themselves are much admired, Fox has so far had two failed attempts to get the franchise up and running. A movie adaptation in 2003 starring Sean Connery was financially successful but a bit of a critical flop (it was also Connery's last starring role — though that might just be coincidental), while a planned TV series in 2013 never made it out of development.
Let's hope the reboot gets it right this time
It's a shame, as the League has more potential than most comic book adaptations. It's basically The Avengers but set in an alternate-universe Victorian England populated by the heroes and villains of literary fiction. There are witches and vampires, but also mad scientists and aliens, and the League's members — including Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, and Mina Harker — could be perfect fodder for an ensemble cast. Plus, since 2003, the film industry has advanced a lot when it comes to making good superhero movies. And if 2005's Fantastic Four is getting a reboot, then why not the League?
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