I liked Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen”, even if it did seem too jumbled and messy and in the end, maybe a little too earnestly faithful to the source material for its own good. (But I’m sure Snyder was in a no-win situation there — make the film too faithful and you lose the non-comic book readers, divert too much and fanboys scream bloody murder.) But there were parts of the movie that were just brilliant — basically everything with Rorschach and the Comedian, though I could care less about Nite Owl’s, er, lack of punch in the sack. So, what are the chances of a sequel to “Watchmen”? That’s … unlikely. A comic book sequel, on the other hand, seems entirely possible, and probably likely.
Talk of a “Watchmen” comic book sequel/prequel surfaced over here. They have some basis for it, and whatever, I rarely pick up a D.C. comic book nowadays, and I doubt I’ll pick up a “Watchmen” comic book sequel/prequel/whatever without Moore’s name attached as writer, so it’s all irrelevant to me. And unlike movies, comic books are always being extended, spun off, etc. Death isn’t an issue in comic books, it’s a slight annoyance that can easily be overcome with nondescript “plot”.
But that’s the world of “Watchmen” comics. What about the world of “Watchmen” movies? According to Deadline, someone in a position to know told them this:
“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.”
Made for $130 million, Snyder’s “Watchmen” went on to gross $185 million worldwide. Looks like it turned a profit, right? Not really, when you factor in all the additional costs associated with major Hollywood studio releases. The movie went on to do $48 million in DVD sales, so there is an audience for the movie out there.
I can see a sequel happening, but not anytime soon. In 10 years, maybe, or 20 …