Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I've been hearing all this stuff recently about a possible sequel/series to the original Watchmen.
You know, as long as the contracts square up, DC is totally within their rights to make a sequel & take advantage of the prospect of a franchise for these characters.
The question is: will doing so, without the input of Moore/Gibbons, hurt the brand? I mean: hurt the brand with people who will matter, people who will spread negative word-of-mouth on this project?
That's the question.
I mean, even if someone like Grant Morrison stepped up on the plate for this. Morrison would look like a xxxxx writing a sequel to Watchmen that Moore didn't approve of. It'd be big shoes to fill for anyone. It's like me announcing I was hired to write Persepolis 2. It sucks, it feels cheap.
Here's how'd I do it:
You put out one book for each character, either a mini-series or a one-shot. Put them out one week after another, like an event:
Week One: Ozymandias
Week Two: Dr. Manhattan
Week Three: Silk Spectre
Week Four: Rorschach
Week Five(?) Nite Owl
That way, you spread the blame around to four or five writers, it doesn't seem quite as egregious as hiring one guy to do "Watchmen 2."
Then from there do an overall "event," but don't call it "Watchmen 2."
The key is not to say this is an official sequel to "Watchmen." Just put all this stuff out and gauge fan reaction. If they threaten to burn down DC: pull back. If not, sign Morrison/Quietly on "Watchmen 2."
Please understand, I'm not advocating this course of action. I'm very fine with there never being a sequel to this classic series.
But I'm just saying, for sake of argument.
///oh fuck it, here's a hat tip to Bleeding Cool's take as well.