if I was looking to throw the reader a CURVE BALL, I'd say, "One of the major thematic inspirations for what The Custodians do is best expressed by the 'elite band of assassins' in the 2008 film 'Wanted'."
In fact, as many of you know, the idea for what would eventually (this year) became the FREE PLANET novel would have started just after having watched this film in 2008/9, when I was thinking of a follow-up to my two Silverthought novels Bukkakeworld and Planet of the Owls.
I truly had no idea of Wanted's deep relevance, until today's several thousand words.
But you'll still be none the wiser, until you read the novel; it's all in the subtext, in the raison d'etre.
"Sheople or Wolfle," the choice is yours.