Watchmen Comic Book Sequels? Likely. Watchmen Movie Sequel? Unlikely.

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 …

Oh come ON, it's a Watchmen story, I'm going to miss the opportunity to post pictures of Silk Spectre?



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    “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.)”

    Well said. It was this version or the disaster of a film WB wanted to make before Snyder came on board. He didn’t even want it until he heard their pitch and was like, “you know what. let me take this before they completely destroy it” Also it was a very hard niche for them to advertise. Its not a “Spiderman” or “Dark Knight” blockbuster, the characters are only know by those who’ve read the comics, and it couldn’t be kiddie-fied. SO I’m happy with what we got. Oh and for the record I hated the squid ending even in the comics. I thought it was cheesye. ANYway comics about the hey day of the heroes, and seeing what they actually accomplished miht be interesting but at the same time…not necesarry. Last time DC decided they were doing sequel and prequel comics to a major comic work was “The Kingdom,” which was a bunch of one shots that tied into the end of Kingdom come. It was crap. The “Thy Kingdom Come” story arc in Justice Society of AMerica was much better done.

  • Dedpool

    “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.)”

    Well said. It was this version or the disaster of a film WB wanted to make before Snyder came on board. He didn’t even want it until he heard their pitch and was like, “you know what. let me take this before they completely destroy it” Also it was a very hard niche for them to advertise. Its not a “Spiderman” or “Dark Knight” blockbuster, the characters are only know by those who’ve read the comics, and it couldn’t be kiddie-fied. SO I’m happy with what we got. Oh and for the record I hated the squid ending even in the comics. I thought it was cheesye. ANYway comics about the hey day of the heroes, and seeing what they actually accomplished miht be interesting but at the same time…not necesarry. Last time DC decided they were doing sequel and prequel comics to a major comic work was “The Kingdom,” which was a bunch of one shots that tied into the end of Kingdom come. It was crap. The “Thy Kingdom Come” story arc in Justice Society of AMerica was much better done.

  • erick

    i knew Dan DiDio (Executive Editor DC) was trouble when he basically ret-conned the 80′s comedy Justice League America out of existence

  • erick

    i knew Dan DiDio (Executive Editor DC) was trouble when he basically ret-conned the 80′s comedy Justice League America out of existence