Geeky Q & A: Grant Morrison

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Syfy Wire Staff
Sep 1, 2017

As part of Syfy 25 – where we’re looking back at everything amazing that’s happened in the world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror over the last 25 years – we asked a bunch of famous people what sort of geeky stuff they like. Here’s what they had to say.

Grant Morrison really needs no introduction, but here it goes. He's a writer who has completely redefined the comics medium, and storytelling. His credits include All-Star Superman, Doom Patrol, Animal Man, The Invisibles, New X-Men, JLA, Final Crisis, Kill Your Boyfriend, Seven Soldiers, Happy! (soon to be a TV show) and more that there isn't enough space in the internet for. 

The one thing I geek out over the most is: 

Doctor Who.

The first thing I remember geeking out over is:

Doctor Who.

The science fiction/fantasy creator I most respect is:

Alan Garner.

My geeky guilty pleasure is:

Late ‘60s World’s Finest comics.

The current state of science fiction in three words:

Ruling the world.

The biggest genre game-changer of the last 25 years (story, scene, innovation, etc.) was: 

CGI.

The best quote from anyone in the genre, real or fictional, is:

Death – “I wouldn’t overlook MY butt …” from Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.

The best genre movie of the last 25 years is:

The Matrix.

The best genre series of the last 25 years is:

Doctor Who.

The best genre book of the last 25 years is:

XX by Rian Hughes – soon to be released.

The best comic book or graphic novel of the last 25 years is:

Rogan Gosh, by Brendan McCarthy and Peter Milligan.

The best video game of the last 25 years is:

Just Cause 2, GTA V and Saint’s Row 3.

A movie that desperately needs a remake is:

Them! More giant ants please!

On the flipside, a movie that should never ever be remade is:

2001: A Space Odyssey.

The genre character I most admire and why:

Thomas Jerome Newton. He can drink as much as he likes and never gets old.

The genre character I most despise and why:

C-3PO.  Where to start …

The genre character I love that no one else seems to pay attention to is: 

Gary Seven.

If I could live in any fictional universe or reality, it would be:

Iain M. Banks’ The Culture.

Because:

It’s an unashamed attempt to depict an epic, utopian, spacefaring society that actually works.

A scene from a movie that scared the ever-living sh*t out of me was:

The long, static, hospital corridor shot from Exorcist 3 which builds exquisite tension then delivers a genuine shocker of a scare.

The most underrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time:

The Last Wave.

The most overrated sci-fi/fantasy movie of all time is:

Star Wars.

The fictional character with the best style is:

Jerry Cornelius.

The best Batman was:

Christian Bale.

The LOTR character I’d like to be is:

Aragorn.

The LOTR character I’d actually be is:

Tom Bombadil.

If I could time-travel I would:

Inadvertently destroy the space-time continuum within the first 15 minutes.

The most unforgivable insult in all of nerdom is:

"And you know where to shove that Eisner award …"

If I could have one superpower, it would be:

Superspeed.

Which superpower comes with the biggest drawbacks: flight, invisibility, or telekinesis? 

Invisibility. Light wouldn’t register on invisible pupils, so no one could see you – and you couldn’t see anything. 

If I were a hero my sidekick would be:

Surly and resentful.

The Hogwarts sorting hat would put me in:

Jail? 

Gryffindor probably. 

My patronus would be:

Fox. 

On a voyage through space, my captain would be:

Barbarella.

If I could pick one genre vehicle, my ride would be:

TARDIS.

People in fantasy tales are always British because:

Britain is a fantasy country and doesn’t really exist.

In a fight between Dumbledore and Gandalf, who would win?

Gandalf. No contest. He’s one of the Maiar!

In a fight between Picard and Kirk, who would win?

Kirk, by breaking the rules of the bout.

In a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, who would win?

They wouldn’t fight. They’d start a Justice League.

In a fight between Hulk and Thor, who would win?

Thor. The hammer gives him the edge – and when they stop fighting they can use it to build a gang hut.

In six words or less, what words of wisdom do you have for fellow fans? 

The geek shall inherit the Earth.

Read more of our Geeky Q & A's here.