Rumor Patrol: Watchmen Sequel In The Works?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated January 24th, 2013 at 8:02 am,

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Bleeding Cool ran a post yesterday stating that DC Comics is moving forward with a sequel, prequel or spin-off to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic literary graphic novel, Watchmen.

Now this isn’t necessarily a new topic: since the Watchmen graphic novel was first released, people have been whispering, speculating or (in the case of geeks) losing sleep over the thought of DC Comics trying to build upon the brilliance of Moore and Gibbons’ complex tale of superhero morality. However, that anxiety hit a new high when Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie was released last year, and rumors of a Watchmen 2 are yet again rearing their ugly heads.

According to Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool, the situation is this: DC Comics President and Publisher, Paul Levitz, stepped down from his position recently, and Levitz – despite a major falling out with Alan Moore – was basically the force that kept Watchmen in tact by faithfully nixing any sequels, prequels or spin-offs. However, Johnston claims that DC SVP-Executive Editor, Dan DiDio, is now trying to impress his new bosses (remember, DC is now DC Entertainment, a big superhero corporation with multimedia aspirations) by trying to build upon the success of Watchmen, which became DC’s best-selling comic book of all time thanks in large part to the hype surrounding the movie.

This has led many bloggers to the logical conclusion that some form of new Watchmen comic book is on the horizon, which has inevitably led to the conclusion that another Watchmen movie could go into the pipeline soon after.

When Watchmen the movie was released last year, I had a similar concern that the film’s success would birth a bunch of bastard sequels/prequels/spin-offs, so I took the opportunity to ask Dave Gibbons himself about it. Here was Gibbons’ response:

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‘At one time DC [Comics] thought about making [Watchmen] spin-offs , but cooler heads prevailed. I think that anything you do to try an alter the Watchmen story that Alan [Moore] and I told would only take away from it. But I’m in no position to stop Warner Bros. from making any other Watchmen films. However, if they did so I doubt you’d see me sitting up here and I doubt that Zack Snyder would involve himself in it. Sometimes I think you should just leave well enough alone.’

I had to give Gibbons an Ali G-style “Respect,” for that answer; so it’s kind of surprising to hear Bleeding Cool and other sites floating his name as the possible writer/artist of these new Watchmen books….

As far as any new Watchmen movies, Nikke Finke over at Deadline Hollywood is claiming that while new Watchmen comics might be coming, a cinematic sequel/prequel/spin-off is still a far-fetched notion. This is the quote Finke obtained from “a well-placed insider”:

“There is no truth to anything related to a movie sequel. Not a chance by a longshot. With regards to the comics, well, I guess anything is possible. I’ll keep my opinion to myself as to whether it’s a smart idea to do so.”

So let’s patrol this rumor, shall we?

Now, with a change in management often things we took to be “the rules” get thrown out or otherwise revised. With Levitz out and DiDio supposedly trying to impress his bosses, sure, it’s totally possible that DCE will try to release new Watchmen books – sans Alan Moore – to capitalize on the property’s sharp increase in popularity. And while I believe that Nikki Finke does have a point in saying that another movie is a longshot, we all already know what that “longshot” is: the new Watchmen comics catching on with readers (blaspheme!). If the books spark enough interest, do you really think it’d be too long before we see another Watchmen movie? And there is enough in the Watchmen universe to bait readers with: early days of the Minute Men or the Nite Owl II and Rorschach teamup, etc…

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“Um, you do know that half of us are dead, right?”

CHUD warns us that our duty as comic book purists is to not by any of these new Watchmen books if they are indeed released -it’s the only way to send a message to DiDio and DCE that some things are still sacred. But wait – is anything still considered sacred anymore? If new Watchmen comic books hit shelves, I suspect morbid curiosity will draw a lot of readers in; if enough readers get lured in, film plans will start to be made (maybe a Sin City-style movie of several tales set in the Watchmen universe?) and Alan Moore will ultimately commit Seppuku, signaling the coming of the apocalypse.

That’s my prediction and don’t be too shocked or disheartened as the omens come to pass. To quote Rorschach: “The End Is Nigh.”

Will keep you updated on how this Watchmen 2 business plays out. For now – how do you feel about it?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Deadline Hollywood & CHUD

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  1. You would think if you create a movie for the fan-boys, that you wouldn't want to eliminate that fanbase (would there be one left after that?) by altering it that much. Unless Moore and Gibbons create a second series/book, I know I will not be behind it in book or film form.

  2. Best case scenario here is that Moore and Gibbons do it, and that's not even a great scenario because you know they'd only do it so someone else doesn't do it an screw it up, and that would mean they did it without any real drive or purpose, producing a series of comics that had less thought than the original series simply because their hands were tied.

    Which is why this is kind of a dick move by DiDio. Oh well, if it happens, I'll give it a look-see maybe (might actually join a library just so I can try before I buy), but I have no high hopes.

  3. There's that morbid curiosity I was talking about…

    And there is NO WAY Alan Moore will EVER touch something like this. EVER.

  4. Very true, the guy is extremely stubborn about this kind of thing.

    Random fact, I actually live in the same town as Alan Moore… no I don't know exactly where he lives, but still… kinda cool (since our town has almost nothing else to brag about except the fact that we used to be good at making shoes).

  5. My brother-in-law introduced me to The Watchman about 6 months before the movie came out. I thoroughly enjoyed the graphic novel…. even better than the movie. But still, the movie has to be my favorite (average Joe/Joanne with no powers) superhero movie (with the exception of Dr. M of course). I really hope they leave the story alone. On an “Alan Moore” related note watch the extras from “Big Fan” (interviews with Patton Oswalt) He makes some very funny remarks about holding onto horrible ideas out of desperation. This is where one of his riffs involves Alan Moore.

  6. hey???? whats the only cool and good thing about watchmen????


    better pray you fill his shoes if you make 2

  7. Doc Martens: the king of footwear! A mate of mine lives not too far from you in Wellingborough, and just about his only memories of Northampton are having seen Alan Moore doing some kind of spoken-word performance around 20 years ago in a pub whose name escapes me. That and spotting Danny Ash of Bauhaus nipping out for a bottle of milk.

    Moore originally turned down DC when they wanted him to consider a Comedian in Vietnam book, or a Comedian/Rorschach team-up. If they go ahead with any kind of spin-off this time it'll be interesting to see if Dave Gibbons refuses to let his name be used in the credits as well.

  8. Yes, we had the first Doc Martens factory. :P We actually still have a shoe museum (me thinks the setting for the next Sex in the City movie :p although we already got Kinky Boots to film here).

    I have family in Wellingborough. Don't know the area horribly well, don't visit that often since my grandparents died oh so many years ago, but the company I work for does a lot of work there.

    Alan Moore has said that he'll give up his share of any money made from movie deals to Gibbons, one wonders if the same will be done for new comic books based on their work.

  9. It's good to be right.

  10. Watchmen sequel/spin-off? Hell no!!! And Rorschach is dead. You cannot have Watchmen without Rorschach. I will never read/watch a Watchmen sequel or spin-off.

  11. well the only thing that i can think of worth seeing is if it goes more in depth with rorschach when he first started and throw some more detial about the other characters. a moive just with rorschach would be pretty good actualy. you have alot that you can do. but doing an actual sequal? how willl that work? Dr Manhattan comes back to save the world from impending doom (somthing he could do insantly , but we are hoping you wont think about that) and he then resurects rorschach and they get night owl and silk specter to go and do somthing. now thats proably what they would give us if they had a sequel. and that would be very bad…
    so they need to do a prequel (if they need to at all) because there is no way that the can do a sequel that is in the least bit logical.

  12. I think I'm right in saying Moore has stuck to his guns all along and donated his royalties from film adaptations of V For Vendetta, LXG and From Hell as well as Watchmen to the various artists. He was also happy for the proceeds of any reprints of Marvelman/Miracleman to go to the character's original creator Mick Anglo, gave up his share of the rights to Neil Gaiman, and reluctantly agreed to Marvel reprinting Captain Britain so artist Alan Davies could benefit.

    I prefer to think of Moore as a man of principle rather than just a curmudgeonly type, but at the end of the day he's making enough in royalties from his comics that he can afford to take a hardline stance on anything that doesn't suit him. Kind of like a George Lucas you can trust…

    Just rang my friend: that pub was The Racehorse. Says he saw Moore performing there a few times, once with David J of Bauhaus, which must have been around the same time they put that “Sinister Ducks” single out. Only went there once myself in the early '90s and the place was full of goths; no idea what it's like now.

  13. I wont buy any sequel.
    The story is done.
    Ditto for any film vrsion as well.

  14. Hey, that's an idea for SITC: how about a good solid pair of thigh-length Docs?! Manolos are just SO last decade…

  15. All the talka bout rorshach being dead. Can't Dr. manhattan recreate him? I it really that far fetched since he said he was interested in creating life?

  16. Dr Manhattan could resurrect Rorshach but why would he? He killed him because Rorshach wouldn't compromise, even in the face of Armageddon. If he resurrected Rorshach then he'd be faced with the same dilemma.

    No, this story is done. There's no point in a sequel, and prequels would be pointless as we get the story of the characters in flashback form through the movie anyway.

    Let it go. Let it rest.

  17. the what ifs are there-but who said it had to be the same characters??The point of the story was “what if history was affected by superheros thus delaying it?” The heros had to die or go away to allow history to be made by itself without them. So what if they came back or were needed to save history from itself?? What if by leaving it allowed something worse to take their place, thus forcing them or some new heroes to come out??Remember in the end it was mentioned Ronald Reagan was running for president or govenor-meaning that history was going back on course however-its 2010 now and plenty of stuff has happened since that run the gambit of conspiracy nuts and tv shows..The what if part of the story is what started the Watchmen book in the first place and changed the way comics were written and influencing other media such as tv and film..

    Also, screw Alan Moore. He is not a god, just my generation's version of J.D.Salinger.
    He sold out along time ago-and should never even remotely be brought up in conversation relating to topics that start off with “well what do you think Alan would do or like about it?”..WHO CARES WHAT HE THINKS ANYMORE….bottom line if anyone would do a sequel or spinoff, they should be respectful to the product,story, and characters of the original and be of sound quality work. If its forced at all,it will suck.

  18. 9-11, or something worse that might not've happened yet..It wouldn't be the same dilemma if the story was set later on-like 20 years later-or if Adrian managed to bring him back-he was pretty smart y'know. Cloning,robotics,Microsoft,Nanotechs weren't really around till the 90s-what if because of Adrian, it was “Jumpstarted” earlier than later??Would that in effect change the timeline causing something worse to happen or corrupting the planet more??Remember it was inferred that Adrian was messing around and making his own animals..Also “Watchmen's characters were mostly flipped or mirror images of DC's or Marvel's mainline heroes, twisted or remixed to keep the comparisons away.. Though through character, the similarities are so obvious. I believe if they truly want to expand onthe story-they could easily and make it worth the read.

  19. I made the argument awhile back that a short prequel should be made for the sake of the denouement that is the original work, so that it has a greater wholeness to it. Not for the sake of the fan but all other viewers. What really bothers me is that so many here cry foul on this but have no problem with the grouping of science fiction with fantasy, without acknowledging the difference or standing by the critical precepts that distinguish the two. You can't just go by lasers vs axes. Lucas proved that by introducing the laser sword.

    It really bothers me, especially when Rob writes; “James Cameron took home the Golden Globes for his sci-fi epic.” And no one has cares to say, Avatar isn't Science Fiction Rob it's Fantasy! That seems disingenuous if you ask me.

  20. Um, that's a pretty random complaint in a Watchmen thread.

    Do you NEED to categorize everything into neat little boxes? Avatar is definitely a case of genre blurring.

  21. Um, Kofi here, who replied to you wrote what turned out to be a controversial article saying precisely that Avatar is fantasy:


  23. Not sure about From Hell, don't quote me on this, but I think it was because of the poor From Hell and LXG adaptions that he became annoyed by the Hollywood system and decided to stay far away from it, hence his decision for all proceeds from such endeavours to go to Gibbons or the relevant artists.

    And while I agree that he's a man of principal, and while I've never met the man, I've heard tell from people who have that he tends to be somewhat curmudgeonly. Again, this is just what I've heard, I could be entirely wrong.

    And yeah, that area of town tends to be very… Gothy (and we have a huge Goth community). I've never been to the Racehorse, but I can imagine it's still full of goths.

  24. I'm drawing a blank, SITC?

  25. Don't give them any ideas.

  26. You mean this comment:

    Kofi Outlaw 5 months ago

    “@ Everybody,

    Fine, you know what, when the film comes out and people go on and on about “How the movie had drawbacks but the Na'vi scenes were wonderful – like being transported to another world” Maybe more of you will understand what I mean.


    Or this comment:

    Kofi Outlaw 5 months ago

    “Guys, the title was just a play on the subject of the article (meant to bait you, of course – Gotcha!)

    Avatar as a whole is a movie with drawbacks (IMO).

    The Na'vi sequences (which are very much like a fantasy film – sci-fi/fantasy if you must – are the best parts of the movie.

    All I'm saying.”

    The last message was Koffi's last comment in the thread. Its only after I made the comments calling into question that its fantasy not science fiction was reluctant consideration given to the opinion that if you want to see it as fantasy that's your prerogative. Now that Rob is calling it SciFi not science fantasy or final fantasy that's allowed to pass editorial muster. This is relevant to “Watch Men” because of the irony of holding two contradictory beliefs, compartmentalized in the mass viewerships mind. Namely that a story based on a myth when violated is worth all the negative criticism that can be mustered but a unique story form that draws postulation from known facts can be “blurred” as Koffi puts it and still be called Science Fiction. I say BS. If you intend to be a word-smith, to communicate your ideas you should be willing to familiarize and adopt the tools of the trade. I'm not arguing for black and white distinctions, I'm championing the clear elucidation of what your talking about. If you can't see the wisdom behind that then how can you complain about the violation of a myth? Sacred Cows…

  27. “This is relevant to “Watch Men” because of the irony of holding two contradictory beliefs,”

    The Watchmen one being?

  28. Your answer is after the words “Namely” and “but”

  29. Ah, gotcha, but I still feel that's kind of a leap from talking about the “violation” of Watchman and the negative press that gets to talking about Avatar and how it may or may not blur the lines of conventional genre.