Back in 2009, Zack Snyder helmed ‘Watchmen’ for Warner Bros. Pictures. The adaptation of the seminal 1986-1987 DC Comics limited series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons featuring an all-star ensemble cast that included the likes of Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode, and Jeffery Dean Morgan was met with very mixed reviews. Because of the intricacies of Moore’s creation, many deemed the storyline “unfilmable” and criticized the changed Snyder made while still praising his dark and stylized vision. However, the filmmaker may get a chance to redeem himself (or further alienate the audience) with the acclaimed comic property on the small screen.
According to Collider, the ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ director has been in talks with HBO and WB about a ‘Watchmen’ television series. Deadline confirmed this report when they shared a message from a network spokesperson that said, “Preliminary discussions regarding ‘Watchmen’ have occurred, but we have no additional information and no deals are in place.”
And while they confirmed that the talks have happened, it’s also worth noting that it all happened months ago. Word is that nothing is actively happening at the moment due to Snyder’s work on the DC Cinematic Universe including ‘Dawn of Justice,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Aquaman,’ and ‘Justice League.’ And due to HBO’s reputation for being notoriously unpredictable with big names and big properties, there’s no indication whether the process could continue with or without Snyder.
Consider for a minute if HBO did move forward on a ‘Watchmen’ series. Why would they involve the original filmmaker without plans for some kind of sequel or prequel rather than a reboot? Is it possible that the network could be looking to mine the ‘Before Watchmen’ books from a few years ago for a new series? Any of those comics starring the Minutemen, Silk Spectre, Comedian, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and Dr. Manhattan (regardless of how well they may have been received) could be adapted into a mini-series pretty easily. And if handled correctly, these iconic characters could be a great addition to the TV landscape.
But what do you think about ‘Watchmen’ possibly coming to TV? Would you rather see a reboot of the story, a sequel, or a prequel in the same vein as the ‘Before Watchmen’ comics? Sound off in the comments below.