Watchmen 2? Say It Ain’t So!
In the immortal words of Luke Skywalker, “NOOOOOOOO!”
According to Bleeding Cool, in the wake of the (at least monetary) success of Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the graphic novel classic Watchmen, DC are rubbing their hands together with mammonistic glee.
Watchmen is now the most popular graphic novel ever released by DC and the greedy sods are keen to cash in.
After Watchmen author Alan Moore fell out very publicly with the publishing house, President and publisher Paul Levitz remained adamant that Watchmen was off limits to tampering (at least in print form). But Levitz is now leaving and with his departure, it seems that the gloves are off.
Senior Vice President Dan DiDio keen to impress his new overlords has envisioned a multiple prequel comic miniseries and spinoff ongoing projects – with inevitably, more movies.
But who would want to work on such a thing? Any writer that took on the project would feel the full force of fanboy fury and would probably be ostracised from the creative community as well. There’s only one person who could conceivably pen the project (Alan Moore would sooner shave his beard off) and that’s original artist Dave Gibbons (who helped Zack Snyder with the movie project when Moore wouldn’t). But surely Gibbons wouldn’t risk that level of vilification?
One thing’s for certain, if the project does go ahead, it’s sure to kick up some controversy which, let’s face it, will probably shift units. Publisher sacrifices integrity for the green? Hardly surprising but very disappointing.