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Why hasn’t there ever been second series of Watchmen comics? It’s not as though Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons actually own the characters. Well, apparently, any talk of a sequel had been squashed, time and again, by Paul Levitz, former president of DC comics. He was very protective of the title, even denying the creators of the tie-in videogame to invent any new material at all. This was sacred stuff to him.
Now, though, he’s not in charge of the comics at all and is the Contributing Editor and Overall Consultant of DC Entertainment, the spin-off and movies arm. He’s not going to be able to do anything, directly, to stop any Watchmen sequel. More importantly, though, it seems that Dan DiDio, SVP-Executive Editor of DC, has made it his mission to realize not only a sequel series but also several prequels. Why? I suppose he’d say Why Not? And there’s good reason to believe they’ll be coming to screens as well as pages, too.
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Digging deep behind the scenes of the recent purchase by Marvel of the character Marvelman (aka Miracleman) from Mick Anglo and Emotiv Records, Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool has discovered an aborted $80 million Marvelman movie, based upon the Alan Moore run of the comics and – if it all went to plan – co-scripted by Neil Gaiman and an unnamed “A-list screenplay writer”. Sadly, we’ll never get to see this film now but there’s every chance that Marvel will cash in on their new acquisition with a film of their own. Well, one day. And we can pretty much guarantee that Gaiman writing to Alan Moore plots would be eschewed in favour something more like a Brian Michael Bendis and Zak Penn cocktail.
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Somebody is picking off those responsible for the big screen adaptation of Watchmen. Rorschach follows the trail to Watchmen creator Alan Moore. Watch the Funnyordie short Nobody Watches the Watchmen after the jump.
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[This review is spoiler-free]
Watchmen first appeared on my radar years ago when I’d heard that one of my favorite directors, Paul Greengrass, was slated to helm the big-screen adaptation. I’m not a huge comic book reader, but I’d heard so many complimentary things about the graphic novel that I was induced to buy myself a copy and check it out for myself. What I discovered was that the book lives up to all the hype: Moore’s (and illustrator Dave Gibbons‘) 1986/1987 comic book series spun a gripping, dystopic tale of an alternate reality, one in which costumed vigilantes have taken to the street to quell civil unrest, and the U.S. and Russia are on the brink of nuclear annihilation, held back barely by the existence of the ultimate nuclear deterrent: Dr. Manhattan, the one “superhero” that actually possessed super powers.
While Moore’s book has been referred to by many as possessing cinematic qualities, it’s also repeatedly been referred to as “unfilmable.” After all these years, a convergence of fortuitous events have allowed director Zack Snyder to take his vision of the graphic novel to the big screen. My appreciation for the book led me to eagerly anticipate this film’s release, starting with the first trailer all the way up to the first 20 minutes of the film shown at NY Comic Con. Did Snyder achieve the impossible? Was he able to make cinematic sense out of Watchmen?
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Watchmen creator Alan Moore is notorious for not being involved in the big screen adaptations of his comic book properties. Director Zack Snyder told fans at Comic Con last year that the best he can hope for is that Alan Moore will someday watch the DVD and say, “You know, they didn’t fuck it up that bad.”
“We all want to please Alan, and I think that’s a noble thing to want to do. There’s nothing wrong to get the guy who frickin’ created the thing to not hate it, I don’t think that’s an outrageous thing to want,” said Snyder. “I think the approach is to assume that the movie is better, and that’s a mistake. I would never make any assumptions.”
And now that the Watchmen teaser trailer has been unleashed, has Moore changed his mind? Nope. Moore tells Entertainment Weekly that he still has no interest in the movie.
“I would rather not know [about the movie],” said Moore. “[Zack Snyder] may very well be [a very nice guy], but the thing is that he’s also the person who made 300. I’ve not seen any recent comic book films, but I didn’t particularly like the book 300. I had a lot of problems with it, and everything I heard or saw about the film tended to increase [those problems] rather than reduce them: that it was racist, it was homophobic, and above all it was sublimely stupid. I know that that’s not what people going in to see a film like 300 are thinking about but… I wasn’t impressed with that… I talked to Terry Gilliam in the ’80s, and he asked me how I would make Watchmen into a film. I said, ”Well actually, Terry, if anybody asked me, I would have said, ‘I wouldn’t.”’ And I think that Terry [who aborted his attempted adaptation of the book] eventually came to agree with me. There are things that we did with Watchmen that could only work in a comic, and were indeed designed to show off things that other media can’t.”
Moore says that “nothing good can come of almost any adaptation” and that “there’s nothing that could get me interested in Hollywood” of “the American comics industry again”. Don’t worry folks, just because Moore is bitter, doesn’t mean the film won’t kick ass. You can read the whole interview with Moore on EW.com.