Could the clock be approaching midnight… for a Watchmen sequel?
While I feel a bit skeptical, that’s the rumor making the rounds of the comicsphere today, courtesy of Bleeding Cool. Rich Johnston has stated that apparently DC SVP Dan DiDio is taking another look at the property, which former Publisher Paul Levitz had apparently put the kibosh on any sequels for, due to not wanting to tick off Alan Moore (or any creatives that sided with him on the Watchmen debate) even further.
Here’s a snippet from Rich on this:
I understand that both Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have to be offered first refusal before any of these titles could be published. But if they don’t want to work on them themselves (and Alan Moore is never going to agree), DiDio has been sounding out people who might be willing to take on the task.
While some creators are reticent, the argument goes if there are a number of Watchmen spinoff projects, any blame or shame can be spread on many shoulders. The sales are expected to be massive, whatever the hardcore fanboy reaction and such expected sales benefits will be shared amongst the creative teams.
Part of me is taking this with a grain of salt — based on the sales figures and the behemoth ad campaign the Watchmen movie had, I wouldn’t exactly call the movie a box-office success. But that said, I’m sure a lot of people were saying this when they announced a sequel to the Dark Knight Returns — which was met with mixed reaction in 2001 and 2002. And as you’ll recall in the image above, Wizard had a particularly provocative promo image for Countdown: Arena, with a DKR Batman putting the slap-down on Rorschach. What say you, Rama readers? If such a sequel were to come to pass, what would you think about it?