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What The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Movie Could Have Been

The film version of Alan Moore's graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is probably the worst movie adaptation of all time. It failed to capture the spirit of the graphic novel, didn't stay true to the characters, and devolved into just another vehicle for Sean Connery. But take heart. Check out this trailer for Tarsem Singh's The Fall, which is everything League could have been. The flick has been playing all over the world, and will finally be coming to the U.S. in March.

The Fall unites an unlikely band of steampunk-era heroes — The Indian, The Ex-Slave, The Explosives Expert, The Masked Bandit, and Charles Darwin — to fight a common enemy, Governor Odious. Director Tarsem is best known for his movie The Cell, which was gorgeous eye-candy with a story that dragged. He's also been attached to the remake of Westworld and Nautica, but was either replaced or left those projects. The Fall was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, and has taken its sweet time to make its way around the world.


It looks to be equal parts Big Fish and Pan's Labyrinth as well as The League. That's a good start. Plus, Charles Darwin as a fictional science hero? We're there.

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Annalee Newitz

@Plague: Mr Magorium gave me a serious case of the haties.