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Are the WATCHMEN Coming To HBO?

By Jef Dinsmore on Oct 16, 2015 to HBO News


This writer is of the opinion that the whole Superhero genre has reached its saturation point, but then again I’m not a ‘geek.’ I was quite content with HBO setting itself above the rest and not going that route. Now, however, it appears the pay cabler is considering the realm of spandex clad do-gooders with an array of super abilities saving the world from evil.

HBO is in preliminary talks with Zack Snyder, who directed the 2009 movie Watchmen, to explore whether the concept is doable for the network. In a brief statement HBO stated – “Preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred but we have no additional information and no deals are in place.”

I’m sure there are plenty out there who know who this band of heroes is and what they stand for. This writer was clueless and so I offer a quick rundown of the characters pictured above for the uninformed. The work was a limited run comic book that takes place in an alternate reality that mirrors the world of the 1980’s. An escalated Cold War eventually puts superheroes on the outs and they are outlawed. A rouge team still exists though called Watchmen. They are – Silk Spectre, the lady of the bunch; Dr. Manhattan, the big bald blue guy; the hooded one in goggles is Nite Owl; the cigar chomping one is The Comedian; the blond Adonis is named Ozymandias and the masked one is Rorschach. They were played in the movie, respectively, by Malin Ackerman, Billy Crudup Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode and Jack Earle Haley.

The original DC Comic, which is owned by the same parent company (Warner Bros.) that owns HBO was created and penned by Alan Moore with David Gibbons as artist. Zack Snyder, who would be manning the duties of development followed the basic outline of the original concept for his film and has done plenty of superheroes since including upcoming blockbusters about Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman.

Don’t worry fans if the WATCHMEN project takes off on HBO this writer will watch the movie and get more familiar with the characters or fellow writers already in the know will get more in depth for us.  But first, let’s see if it gets anywhere. Are you excited and hopeful for the WATCMEN? Will they be a good fit for HBO?  

(Source: Variety


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I adore Watchmen, both the graphic novel and the film, so seeing it come to life again sounds heavenly. HBO going the superhero route seems very strange to me as no other major network has produced a TV-MA superhero series, so they’re likely to do something similar to Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones). I can’t say I’m not jaded–as it is we have five more major comic book films coming up this year. Superheroes aren’t memorable anymore and the series will need a certain a uniqueness to succeed. I do believe it can be done with Watchmen but with creative (and… Read more »

Hey Jef. What makes Watchmen unique is that none of the “superheroes” actually have any special abilities. They are actually just masked vigilantes. The only exception is Dr Manhattan, who seems to be an anomaly.
Watchmen is less “Superhero” genre, and more Noir/Detective story with a Political and Philosophical Voice (Morality). It also uses the Dr Manhattan character to reflect on the Absurd/Causality vs Intelligent Design.
Have a read: there’s a reason this ‘comic’ is in Time magazines top 100 Books of all Time. It ain’t no Hero vs Villain drab.

Sav, your comment makes it all that more interesting. Thanks for that.

Personally I would love to see this project take off at HBO. The network had a chance at a similarly interesting and intriguing project in the form of “Preacher”, graphic novels of outstanding, demented, crazy and just plain mind-blowing quality. HBO entered pre-production but ultimately decided to pass on this opportunity and now the project finds itself in the nauseating hands of Seth Rogen and his nitwit sideckick Evan Goldberg over on AMC (hey HBO…remember what you did with “Mad Men”?)… Back in the 90’s HBO did dabble in the superhero genre a bit. Mind you, not the typical, spandex… Read more »

I am deeply torn. Watchmen is by far my favorite graphic novel, but I am worried about it fitting in at HBO. I don’t worry about the quality of work, as HBO has always assured me of their standards. But will it remain gritty and not sink to the flashy ways of other superhero shows just because of content? Herm…

With HBO I think we’re definitely getting gritty, it’ll need to stand out among cable tv comic book shows. They’ll do that with a hard R/TV-MA. I like The Flash, never got around to Arrow, and like what I’ve seen of Agents of SHIELD but never got around to binging it all. Those are all witty and comical but Watchmen is more to the standard of what Netflix has done with Jessica Jones and Daredevil, both which I adored. Dark and sharp and relentless. Watchmen is one of my favorite graphic novels as well (and unlike most fans of the… Read more »

Since posting this, I completed Daredevil and Jessica Jones and I completely agree with you. I didn’t finish Fargo, but I would love more Patrick Wilson. And Jeffrey Dean Morgan is about to be on Walking Dead but I adored him as the Comedian. I think I need to watch Watchmen asap!

As stated I am not familiar with this material at all, but if it is dark and gritty and the big blue guy is usually nude than HBO has got this one made.

I’m just sorry to see HBO feels the need to get into the over-saturated superhero genre at all.

“this writer”

ok button pusher

I don’t even know what that is supposed to mean.

I hate superheroes – childish, moronic fantasies. Disappointing HBO would consider doing anything like that. But then again, falling lower than doing a Lindelof TV show is impossible…

You should read Alan Moore’s work


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