Watchmen Sequels and Spin-Offs a Possibility at DC Comics
Back when Zack Snyder was out promoting Watchmen, he would often be asked about a sequel, and his answer was always "not on my watch." But now, following a big regime change at DC Comics, it seems like a Watchmen sequel and/or spin-offs might actually be possible. Thanks to the movie, the graphic novel has become DC's top selling graphic novel of all-time, making it a hot property for even more money-making potential, that is if you don't care about the creators of the comic (who never wanted a sequel). According to a report on Bleeding Cool, DC Comics' SVP Dan DiDio is now looking at Watchmen's franchise potential.
Most of this news pertains to comic book side of things, not necessarily the cinematic side, but Bleeding Cool does remind us that "in those initial movie contracts with Fox, there was a clause that included sequels to a Watchmen movie." They say that former DC Comics Publisher and President Paul Levitz had always stopped any Watchmen sequels before because "he believed that as this would be against Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' wishes, it would cause a very bad feeling in the creative community and would be a creatively bankrupt move." Couldn't agree more. But Levitz recently stepped down and now DiDio is making his move.
They go on to say that Dan DiDio "is determined to impress new bosses by building on DC’s biggest selling comic book of all time with multiple prequel comic miniseries and spinoff ongoing projects." Now you're probably wondering how this can be stopped, and if you're thinking Alan Moore might prevent it, that's unlikely. "I understand that both Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have to be offered first refusal before any of these titles could be published. But if they don’t want to work on them themselves (and Alan Moore is never going to agree), DiDio has been sounding out people who might be willing to take on the task."
For those hoping that this is nothing more than a rumor, SlashFilm says that they know Rich Johnston, the writer at Bleeding Cool who put this together, and they even "called him up and checked his sources and, let me tell you, this is solid stuff." Of course, this is only very early discussion, so if it ever does happen, it will probably be a long time before we see another movie actually put into production. But come on, we couldn't have just one comic book movie that stood alone and was complete without someone putting their hand into the cookie jar to fuck it all up? What the heck is DiDio thinking? Does anyone even want to see this?