Alan Moore has long been on the outs with Paul Levitz, the publisher and president of DC Comics, but they have both long agreed on one thing: the Watchmen universe will never be changed, altered or added to. That might all be about to change.
Bleeding Cool reports that Paul Levitz is stepping down as publisher and president, and that this might open the door to a new Watchmen movie and/or comic.
Well, it seems to be happening a lot sooner than I thought. I understand now that this considered a pet project of Dan DiDio, SVP-Executive Editor. That he 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.
It is unllikely that Moore would be involved, but DC Comics is looking for other people to continue the Watchmen universe.
Both Jim Baike, Rich Veitch and Gene Ha/Zander Cannon are artists who have taken on writing chores on books previously written by Alan Moore, to continue the storyline. The most creatively-acceptable solution would be Dave Gibbons writing and drawing new Watchmen titles. But DiDio’s plans seem much larger than just one book.
What say you, Watchmen fans? Is this the best news ever or is it blasphemy? We'll have to wait and see exactly how this cookie crumbles, but it does seem unlikely that there wouldn't be a Watchmen sequel.
That said, how would a Watchmen sequel work? SPOILER ALERT! After all, Rorshach dies in both the comic and movie, and a Watchmen without Rorshach is a very uninteresting sequel, indeed. They kind of painted themselves into a corner by being so faithful to the comic, didn't they?
Luckily for DC, Dr. Manhattan knows his way around the universe pretty well, so time travel shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures