'V for Vendetta' or 'W for Wachowskis'? The dark thriller with contemporary political overtones was adapted by the Wachowski brothers, of Matrix fame. But the authors of the graphic novel, written in the 1980s, have distanced themselves from the film, which follows a masked rebel battling a fascist state.
NPR logo

'V for Vendetta' or 'W for Wachowskis'?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5288441/5288442" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
'V for Vendetta' or 'W for Wachowskis'?

Review

Arts & Life

'V for Vendetta' or 'W for Wachowskis'?

'V for Vendetta' or 'W for Wachowskis'?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5288441/5288442" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The dark thriller with contemporary political overtones was adapted by the Wachowski brothers, of Matrix fame. But the authors of the graphic novel, written in the 1980s, have distanced themselves from the film, which follows a masked rebel battling a fascist state.

A clean-shaven Natalie Portman and a masked Hugo Weaving take on the fascists in 'V for Vendetta.' Warner Bros. hide caption

toggle caption
Warner Bros.

DEBBIE ELLIOTT, Host:

The opening was postponed last year when London was rocked by a subway bombing that was much like a scene in the film, and the author of the graphic novel the movie's based on has disowned it. Bob Mondello says he understands that impulse.

BOB MONDELLO: The not-so-distant future. America has collapsed into civil strife, and Britain is led by a dictator who has clamped down hard on society, controlling the media, banning speech and assembly, and using thugs as enforcers. A sweet young thing named Evey falls afoul of the thugs after curfew one night and figures she's a goner when suddenly a rescuer materializes from the shadows looking very 17th century in a cape and Guy Fawkes mask and wielding a dagger.

(SOUNDBITE OF V FOR VENDETTA)

MONDELLO: Unidentified Man (in film): You've been formally charged with three counts of murder, the bombing of government property, conspiracy to commit terrorism, treason and sedition, the penalty for which is death by firing squad. You have one chance and only one chance to save your life. You must tell us the identify or whereabouts of Codename V.

(SOUNDBITE OF V FOR VENDETTA)

MONDELLO: I'm Bob Mondello.

Copyright © 2006 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.

Related NPR Stories