If Patrick Wilson has his way, he'll get a chance to play Nite Owl again for HBO's upcoming Watchmen TV show. Last summer, word broke that Damon Lindelof (Leftovers, Lost) was working on a Watchmen TV show that would readapt the hit graphic novel from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Though the choice of network seemed certain, it wasn't until the fall when HBO ordered a Watchmen pilot from Lindelof. And given the writer's pedigree—and time with HBO—it's no surprise that the series is being given the green light.
While Zack Snyder's take on Watchmen had its fans, the director's divisive work behind the camera left him with plenty of detractors. Still, it secured him a spot to kick of the DCEU for Warner Bros. for better or worse. But the world suggested by Moore and Gibbons is a sprawling one that's only touched on in the original comic. As such, even the Watchmen artist has high hopes for the show and thinks it will easily surpass the movie. With fans eagerly awaiting more news on the project and the first casting announcements, and familiar face has thrown his hat into the ring.
Yahoo Movies UK spoke with Patrick Wilson about his role in The Commuter, but didn't let the opportunity pass to ask the actor about the Watchmen series. Wilson, who played Batman analog Nite Owl in the film adaptation, had nothing but praise for his time on the project—and would love to tackle the role again.
“It was such a joy shooting that movie, I wanted there to be more of them. I’ve wanted to play Dan again. I certainly think we’re all more age appropriate now!”
As Wilson hints, he and the other actors from the film match the ages of their characters more now. Given that the '80s-set story focuses on a group of former heroes decades after their heyday, Wilson had to be considerably aged up for his role as Nite Owl. So while he's still in his prime, he'd have no problem convincingly playing the hero again. Of course, he hasn't heard anything about such a possibility.
“There’s never been one conversation. I’m sure they want to stay as far away from us as possible but I love Damon Lindelof I’m so excited to see what they will do. I’d love to play [Dan] now but no there’s been no talk, I’m just a fan like you are.”
Likely, Lindelof and HBO will be eager to get a whole new cast for their Watchmen so they can separate it from the previous version. Still, there are plenty of parts that Wilson and others could cameo in, so the door isn't closed. And if the show proves popular, there's no telling how long it might run and what new material it might incorporate.
Over the past few years, DC Comics has revived the world of Watchmen with a series of prequels. They've also made the characters a focal point of the recent Rebirth reboot, not to mention the current Doomsday Clock event that could spell big things for the future of the comics. With HBO eager to fill the void that will be left by Game of Thrones, the deconstruction of the superhero genre could be the perfect fit for the networks first comic book show. And with so much new material coming from DC, a Watchmen TV show will have plenty to pull from.
Source: Yahoo Movies UK