Could DC Comics Be Developing a WATCHMEN Sequel/Prequel?

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Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC has some pretty definite plans to move forward with several sequels or even prequels to the Watchmen comics.  Why now, after over 20 years after the original graphic novel was published?  The popularity of the book since the release of the film adaptation’s release is one reason, but the driving force behind these plans is DC Comics’ Dan Di Dio.  Since previous DC Comics president and publisher Paul Levitz stepped down, new executive editor Dan DiDio seems determined to make a Watchmen sequel and reap the financial benefits.  Levitz prevented any continuation of the story despite various attempts to do so, most significantly in the Countdown multiverse, because doing so would be a terrible move creatively and would also go against the wishes of Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore.  Since Alan Moore decided he wanted nothing to do with DC as well as with Watchmen years ago and also refused to have anything to do with the film adaptation, it’s pretty likely that he’d never agree to get behind it, considering that he and Dave Gibbons reportedly have rights to first refusal.  Regardless, plans for a sequel seem to be moving ahead faster than most expected.

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Since the original creative team will likely not remain intact for a sequel, Dan DiDio has been looking for new writers and illustrators to work on possible continuations or spinoffs of Watchmen, as DiDio’s plans seem to go beyond a single sequel.  Some of the artists that Bleeding Cool reports as possible selections to carry the torch are Rich Veitch, Jim Baike, and Gene Ha/Zander Cannon, given their previous experience working on Moore’s material.  Regardless of what happens as these plans move forward, there will still definitely be a lot of angry fanboys and fangirls out there (myself included) who see this as Levitz saw it: a “creatively bankrupt move.”  Despite the lukewarm reception of the film adaptation, Watchmen is still DC’s best selling graphic novel of all time, and therefore it seems pretty likely that regardless of the integrity of the original story, it will be continued in the comic medium.

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  • Droncz92

    ALL ABOUT THE MONEY…THE STORY ENDED AND WAS NEVER MEANT TO HAVE A SEQUEL.

    If this is done, I will not be watching it.

  • Cyberdyne

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  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com [A]

    wow, talk about a terrible idea..

  • Corin Prendiville

    They could easily do a prequel to the graphic novel as an ongoing comic series featuring the characters young. I don't really agree that they should taint the masterwork of the original, but on the other hand if they are going to do it anyways they should at least do something semi-unique and something that illuminates the original piece rather than just continue off from the first one.

    Comics don't really have much artistic integrity though, something amazing is created and then raped by the publication that brought it to the public until its nothing but a money-hungry franchise hitting up our kids for our money.

    • Afan

      Comics have no artistic integrity? Read “Maus”!

      This is a travesty. They can’t make a sequel. They will. But they can’t. Sigh.

  • http://ciclotimia.blogspot.com [A]

    ..they should definitely do something prior to the story we all read/love.

  • Afan

    Comics have no artistic integrity? Read “Maus”!

    This is a travesty. They can’t make a sequel. They will. But they can’t. Sigh.

  • Afan

    Comics have no artistic integrity? Read “Maus”!

    This is a travesty. They can’t make a sequel. They will. But they can’t. Sigh.

  • smiley

    They should leave well alone

    The trouble with prequels in general (for me)is that you
    know which characters live to appear in the main
    film and that any characters that don't appear
    in it died leaving not much element of surprise

  • dvd_leon

    They won't if they are smart. Watchmen is the most over-rated graphic novel of all-time, and #2 doesn't even come close. Snyder did what he could with this over-rated piece, but the final product could not rise higher than its origins. DC should let it die.

  • dvd_leon

    They won't if they know what is good for them. The Watchmen is easily the most over-rated graphic novel in the history of the form. Number 2 doesn't even come close. Snyder his best with the piece, but the film couldn't rise above the origin point. I don't care what anybody says, the movie was totally forgettable. Don't bother developing another graphic novel on this subject to get another movie contract.

  • Claude Parish

    Bad ideas sound like cures for cancer at first blush.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Well, most storytellers go for something a little more substantial than the twist (which is the most amateur writing arsenal of the lot). If it was well done and explored the characters past very well it could be interesting. The problem is since it isn't backed by the creator the past won't necessarily be genuine since its not from the mind of the person who put it together.

  • tbone

    the biggest plot hole in that crap movie was the idea that America and Russia would unite and rid the world of Dr.Manhattan. OOOKAY! Doc said in the movie he could walk on the freaking sun. BINGO! PLOT HOLE! How the fuck you going to stop a mother**** that can walk on top of the sun? A ball of freaking fire the size of 300 thousand earths!

  • Corin Prendiville

    Just because that is the case doesn't mean America or Russia knew that was the case, nor does it mean they aren't going to try to destroy him. I don't see how this is a plot hole, simply idiotic knit-picking.

  • claudeparish

    You make a valid point about the near omnipotent Manhattan. Made no sense that a thoughtful society would approach this 'person' with anything less than deference.

  • claudeparish

    You make a valid point about the near omnipotent Manhattan. Made no sense that a thoughtful society would approach this 'person' with anything less than deference.

  • NightWing

    hmmm… sounds like a cool idea and all, but this is my favorite comic/book in general EVER, and i wouldn’t want to take any chances of ruining it.

  • tim henny

    this movie was fair at best i however do wish to see a sequel or two as well as a prequel just because so many nerds take this crap so seriously. ITS A MOVIE BASED ON A COMIC! If you dont like it dont watch

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