Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s ‘Watchmen‘ has become one of the most iconic graphic novels of all time and has spawned spinoffs, a feature film, and now is coming to HBO under the guiding hand of Damon Lindelof. While the famed director hasn’t shared what format or tone the series will take, he did share some of his motivations for taking on the source material.
The most important reason in his mind on why he is taking this project:
“Watchmen — it was dangerous. And you can’t be dangerous for dangerous’s sake, but the reason that I’m doing this is these are dangerous times, and we need dangerous shows.”
Before Moore decided that he wanted nothing to do with the superhero genre that he helped invigorate because adults who like superhero movies are “emotionally subnormal, he used ‘Watchmen’ as one of the ultimate forms of social commentary and brilliantly weaved together an entirely new take on looking at society through the eyes of a combination of street-level superheroes as well as a Superman-styled character.
“What we think about superheroes is wrong. I love the Marvel movies, and we saw Justice League this morning, and I’m all for Wonder Woman and Batman, and I grew up on these characters, but we should not trust people who put on masks and say that they are looking out for us. If you hide your face, you are up to no good.”
Lindelof has high praise for the source material and its creator Alan Moore, but also knows that the writer, who is done with comics, would hate what they’re working on because he is “the greatest writer in the history of comics, maybe one of the greatest writers of all time — and he most certainly doesn’t want us to be doing this and we’re trying to find a way to do it that honors him … That comic was written in the mid-’80s. It is more timely now, in 2018, 2019, whenever the show airs, if it airs, that it needs to be told. For a superhero junkie, I’ve never done a superhero movie or a superhero TV show, and now is the time.”
It sounds like Lindelof has the right idea of how to take ‘Watchmen’ in today’s society and with HBO’s backing, it will be a beautiful show, but one can’t help but wonder if it will capture the magic of Moore’s masterpiece.
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