There are thousands of comic books to be adapted into movies or TV series, but DC Comics’ “Watchmen” was among those comic books people considered “unfilmable”.
According to io9, one of the major reasons is because “there are narrative techniques used throughout that could only be achieved in comics”. No matter how a filmmaker tackles it, the movie will have its back against a wall.
This is why Zack Snyder‘s 2009 adaptation received a polarising reaction from both audiences and critics.
The “Watchmen” movie starred Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. The film is not a box office failure, but it did perform a lot worse than people were hoping and expecting.
Some critics praised its dark and unique style on the superhero genre, as well as the cast and visual effects. However, others disliked the film’s Cold War-period setting and cited the film’s much-advertised reverence of the source material as a fault, referring to the story as “trapped” in a faithful representation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel.
It continues to be a talking point among those who liked or disliked the film.
Whether you like it or not, HBO is interested in bringing the source material back to the screen again as Variety reported that the premium cabler is in early talks with Snyder to turn “Watchmen” into a TV series:
HBO said in a statement:
Preliminary discussions regarding “Watchmen” have occurred but we have no additional information and no deals are in place.
Warner Bros., which owns DC Entertainment, declined to comment on the story. However, insiders confirmed to Variety that the studio would have parts in the potential series.
Details regading the series are kept as tight as possible and no writers are attached to the potential project yet. Thus, it’s unclear whether the series would be a prequel, a requel, or a reboot. If the series is getting put into development, it would mark Snyder’s first big foray into television.
He is currently at the helm of the upcoming 2-part “Justice League” films. He will also produce the upcoming “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” films. His next film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be released on 25th March 2016.