The screenplay by Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski is based on the acclaimed graphic novel V For Vendetta by author Alan Moore (The Watchmen, Swamp Thing) and illustrator David Lloyd. Originally collected by DC Comics as a ten-part series in 1988, Vendetta takes place in an alternate future in which Germany wins WWII and Great Britain becomes a fascist state. A terrorist freedom fighter known only as “V” begins a violent guerrilla campaign to destroy those who’ve succumbed to totalitarianism, and recruits a young woman (Evey) he’s rescued — or possibly kidnapped — from the secret police to join him.
Kinda of excited and a little depressed by this – loved the first Matrix (was much more ‘meh’ about the rest). But this idea of it being a Britain where Germany won the second World War is just waaaay off the mark. I think one of the strengths of V – and the one thing which I think really screams for this to be made into a movie RIGHT NOW – is the idea that it doesn’t take much for a government to become fascistic — in V it was the advent of Nuclear War/Nuclear Winter (although IIRC in the original introduction to the DC trades Alan Moore suggested that the current government – at that time Thatcher – was pretty close to a fascistic regime anyways without the need for a nuke). Given the governments ID cards theme, the fight against this amorphous terrorist cell and the governments ability to watch everything that’s said and done suggest we’re living with a fascistic government (hey, if I’m this bad with a ‘socialist’ government how bad would I feel living in the states?)
Anyway, none of that may have made any sense. I’m tired.