WATCHMEN Animated Movie Coming to Video
Watchmen fans know that HBO has been reported to be in “preliminary discussions” about bringing the popular Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel to a live-action television show. They probably also know that in the coming weeks and months DC Comics will be crossing over several of the Watchmen players into other superhero universes, with Batman and The Flash set to start an investigation into the appearance of the famous “Smiley Face” in Batman’s lair.
But did you know that a “made for video,” R-rated animated movie is on its way and may be soon ready for release? Warner Bros. runs an online survey community where they ask subscribers for their thoughts on potential projects. In that forum, known as the “A-List Community” program, a post recently appeared stating that:
“A faithful adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel executed in an animation style that mirrors the source material [is upcoming].”
The post goes on to give additional detail:
“In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes change history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. WATCHMEN begins as a murder mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes–Rorsarch, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias–have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.”
Of course, Gibbons is likely not involved with this project. Not only is his name not mentioned in the reveal, but we know that he had unkind things to say about any ideas beyond the original movie, which he also pooh-poohed at some point or another. Zack Snyder’s 2009 live-action adaptation was pretty popular, and that was that, but Gibbons is known not to want any more material that can alter the source.
Despite this, it appears that Warner Bros. is going forward with this soon-to-be-released adaptation, which in some ways is not even technically the first animated adaptation. A DVD from 2009 contained a series of twelve chapters adapting the original graphic novels into a motion comic.
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