The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
-Stars Sean Connery as Alan Quartermain, Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo, Peta Wilson as Mina Harker, Tony Curran as the Invisible Man, Stuart Townshend as Dorian Gray, Shane West as Tom Sawyer, Jason Flemyng as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Richard Roxburgh as Fathom/Dr. M/Professor James Moriarty
Did You Know?
-Connery's last film before retiring from acting
-Similar to From Hell, which was also a comic book from Alan Moore, the scenes in this movie that were supposed to be London were actually Prague
-The film's literary characters are as follows: Alan Quartermain(H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, 1885), Mina Harker(Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1897), Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde(Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1886), Rodney Skinner(replaced from H.G. Well's The Invisible Man due to issues, 1897), Captain Nemo(Jules Vern's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1870), Dorian Gray(Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891), Tow Sawyer(Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876), Ishmael(Herman Melville's Moby Dick, 1851), Professor James Moriarty(Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem, 1893), Fathom's mask(Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera, 1911), British Intelligence chief "M"(Casino Royale, 1953)
-English comedian Eddie Izzard read for the part of Rodney Skinner/The Invisible Man
-Quartermain, Nemo, Jekyll/Hyde, Dorian Gray and Professor M all "died" in their original stories. In the novel "The Invisible Man", Dr. Griffin went crazy and was killed. Here, Skinner says he stole it from a crazy doctor to avoid rights issues. And in fact, the original characters Nemo, The Invisible Man and Mr. Hyde were far from heroes. Nemo was a rebel and a threat to the British crown in India and The Invisible Man and Mr. Hyde were murderers and rapists
-The character Tom Sawyer was added because it was thought it would not appeal to an American audience unless an American cast member and character were in it.
-Captain Nemo is seen performing martial arts throughout the movie. He is performing the martial arts discpline of Shin Sun Do, thought to have originated in India
-In an alternate versio of 1899, the Bank of England in London is attacked by a group of men who appear to be wearing German uniforms, attacking with advanced explosives, automatic weapons, and an armored tank. after that is an attack on a Zeppelin factory in Berlin and several German scientists are kidnapped by the same men, this time dressed as British soldiers, almost to ignite a war between Germany and Britain. Because of this, Britain and Germany are to declare war. An emissary to the British government named Sanderson Reed(Tom Goodman-Hill) arrives in a club in British East Africa to recruit a legendary, but aged hunter and adventurer named Allan Quartermain(Sean Connery) to investigate.
1. Captain Nemo
-An Indian pirate and technology genius. He commands the world's only submarine, which he calls The Nautilus, with the narrator in Moby Dick, Ishmael, as his first mate
2. Rodney Skinner, aka The Invisible Man.
-Works for the government in hope of finding an antidote for the invisibility serum he stole and drank from the creator
3. Mina Harker
-Well regarded chemist and widow of Jonathan Harker, who is later said to be a vampire with connections to Count Dracula; she is immortal, strong, can fly and transform into/summon up a swarm of bats
-Next the group visits the mysterious Dorian Gray(Stuart Townshend), the Fathom and his men attack. The League fend off the attacks and later find out one of the "men" was an American Secret Service agent named Tom Sawyer(Shane West). He says the US government sent him to investigate, knowing the war in Europe might spread to America. The League lets in Sawyer and they go to Paris to capture Dr. Henry Jekyll(Jason Flemyng); his evil side, a misshapen giant, is found terrorizing the streets of Paris and the Rue Morgue. He is hunted down and captured by Quartermain and Sawyer before Jeykll offers his services to atone for his sins as Hyde in London
- Mina's vampire blood: Gray obtained it after Mina cut herself while having a drink with him
- Skinner's invisibility serum: Gray got by scratching him during the capture of Hyde
- Jekyll's potion: Gray got by stealing one of the vials
- Nemo's technology specs: Gray took photos of, explaining the flash powder on the floor