(Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:40 am

caruso_stalker217 wrote:
Ribbons wrote:I guess I was too busy paying attention to Doctor Manhattan's penis.


Who wasn't?


"The Penis of Manhattan compels you! The Penis of Manhattan compels you!"
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:20 am

Exclusive: Warners Planning Animated WATCHMEN, More R-Rated Fare
Rich Drees wrote:Warner Brothers is looking at producing an animated adaptation of the classic Alan Moore – Dave Gibbons graphic novel Watchmen. And it appears as if this made-for-video project could be the first in a series if more mature animated films from Warner Animation based on various properties from corporate sibling DC Comics.

The news comes via an online marketing survey a reader forwarded to us in which the studio is looking to gauge interest in an animated Watchmen direct-to-video feature. In the screengrab on the right (click to enlarge), note that the top line of the survey question describes an animated Watchmen film as “upcoming.” While not conclusive that Warners is knee-deep in production, it does suggest that such a project is in consideration at the studio. Back in 2014, we reported on a similar marketing survey by Warner Brothers over the title of the Tom Cruise science-fiction film Edge Of Tomorrow being done just weeks after the film’s release. The alternate title being tested – Live. Die. Repeat. – wound up being featured prominently as a tag line in the film’s home video release.

This is the first news about any sort of potential Watchmen adaptation since 2015 when filmmaker Zack Snyder, who directed the 2009 live action version of the comic, stated that he had met with executives at HBO about a possible Watchmen TV series for the pay cable channel.

And Warners’ ambitions just don’t begin and end with an animated Watchmen, either. The second part of the forwarded questionnaire asked respondents which of several titles from DC Comics and its Vertigo imprint they owned or were familiar with. Among the titles asked about were Moore’s classic 1980s run on the horror series Swamp Thing and his seminal Batman graphic novel, The Killing Joke. Additional titles include the Batman story arc “A Death In The Family,” the graphic novel Batman: The Long Halloween and the series Gotham Academy, the Superman ElseWorlds story Red Sun, the video game-inspired Injustice and their Scooby-Doo science-fiction horror genre mashup Scooby Apocalypse. DC’s Vertigo line was represented on the survey with Fables, Lucifer, iZombie, Hellblazer, Preacher and Sandman.

While there are currently live action versions of some of these properties either in production – Lucifer, iZombie and Preacher – or in active development – Sandman – that doesn’t necessarily preclude the possibility of the studio moving forward with an animated version of them as well. At worse, some titles could be part of the survey just to get an idea of the tone of books that the survey taker enjoys.

But all the titles asked about in the survey either are or could very easily lend themselves to potentially R-rated animated fare based on such things as violence or more adult thematic material. Last summer’s R-rated adaptation of The Killing Joke may have been met with some mixed critical reviews but it did good business for the studio. The more recent Justice League Dark – which sees Batman teaming up with some of DC Comics’ darker magic-using characters, did better with critics. And no doubt the studio is seeing that there is money to be made in

(Interestingly, there was one non-DC Comics property listed in the survey – the Riverdale-during-a-zombie-apocalypse horror title Afterlife With Archie which resets the classic Archie characters in a horror setting. I would surmise that this Archie title was thrown in to perhaps gauge if people are open to classic characters being reinterpreted in potentially radically different ways. Though if someone from Archie Comics wants to get an Afterlife With Archie animated project going, I would certainly not object.)

Warners Animation has been hitting it out of the park for two and a half decades now, starting with the original Batman: The Animated Series. Over time they have turned out a number of great comic-based TV series and, more recently, direct-to-video projects. But I think an animated Watchmen may be biting off more than they can chew. Most of the animated Warner Brothers fare runs about an hour and a quarter in length and even if they split the graphic novel into two parts the way that they adapted The Dark Knight Returns in 2012, they would still be a few minutes short of the running time of Snyder’s live action attempt. Snyder was not able to fully translate the nuances of Moore and Gibbons’ work in his film’s two hour and forty minute run time and I am concerned that an animated version might not be able to overcome the problems that Snyder was incapable of surmounting.

But if Warners Animation was to go ahead with a Watchmen animated film, we can at least be pretty sure that it won’t look like this –
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

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Re: Damon Lindelof's WATCHMENS!

Postby TheButcher on Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:50 pm

'Watchmen' TV Series From Damon Lindelof in the Works at HBO
Zack Snyder — who directed the 2009 feature film — is no longer on board the potential project based on the Alan Moore comic series.
Lesley Goldberg wrote:DC Comics favorite Watchmen may be headed for the small screen.

Fresh off of critical favorite The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof is in talks for a potential Watchmen TV series for HBO. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the project is in the early development stages. An official deal is not yet in place. Representatives for HBO and producers Warner Bros. Television declined comment.

Lindelof originally read the comics as a kid in the 1980s and has said that the series continues to influence his work. "From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write," he told Comic Book Resources in 2009 ahead of the feature-film take. Lindelof has read Watchmen multiple times and, at the time, praised director Zack Snyder's film. "It's the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could've been made," he told the Observer. "I want to keep it sort of insular," he said, referring to the multiple translations that have come from trying to translate the source material. "It's OK with me if people don't understand it because they don't deserve to understand it."

Snyder, who directed the 2009 feature-film adaptation of Alan Moore's beloved comic series, is no longer attached to the drama project from Warner Bros. Television, where both DC Entertainment and Lindelof are housed.

First published in 1986 and collected in 1987, Watchmen was created by Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins. The series was named as one of the 100 best novels by Time magazine. Rumors of HBO tackling Watchmen first surfaced in 2015 when the cabler noted it was in preliminary discussions for a TV take on the property.

Snyder, who was briefly attached to the HBO project in 2015, adapted the comic and brought the title's "Minutemen" crime fighters to the big screen in 2009 with Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson starring. The film, produced by Warner Bros. with a $130 million production budget, grossed a disappointing $107.5 million domestically and $185.3 million worldwide.

A Watchmen TV series would further expand HBO's place in the comic book business and offer a potential heir apparent to the premium cable network's fantasy drama Game of Thrones, which has 15 total episodes over two seasons remaining. AMC has found success with The Walking Dead and Preacher, while FX has Noah Hawley's X-Men take Legion, which is already renewed for a second season. The comic book expansion has gone far beyond broadcast after ABC, The CW and Fox found success with DC and Marvel fare including Agents of SHIELD, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Gotham, among others. Hulu recently picked up Marvel's The Runaways, Freeform has New Warriors and ABC next has The Inhumans as well as another season of Agents of SHIELD, while Marvel continues to have multiple series in the works at Netflix.
For Lindelof, Watchmen would arrive after The Leftovers, based on the book of the same name, recently wrapped its three-season run on HBO. The Lost alum is repped by CAA and Myman Greenspan.

Moore, meanwhile, announced his retirement from comic books in September, noting that "I think I have done enough for comics. I've done all that I can." On the big screen, his work has been adapted into the features From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta and Batman: The Killing Joke. On the TV side, Fox tried in 2013 to adapt Gentlemen for the small screen. The drama did not move beyond the development stage.
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby TheBaxter on Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:05 am

Lindelof somewhat redeemed himself with the Leftovers, so i support this move.
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby Peven on Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:54 pm

can the t.v. adaptation be as pretentious as the source material? only time will tell.........
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby caruso_stalker217 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:45 pm

One could argue the comic had a bit of pretentiousness about it as well.
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby Peven on Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:45 am

my point exactly
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby Al Shut on Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:01 am

Damn, I wanted to reply to carusos post with 'that's what she said' but then I got sidetracked somehow
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby Ribbons on Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:42 pm

TheBaxter wrote:Lindelof somewhat redeemed himself with the Leftovers, so i support this move.


I personally don't feel like Lindelof had anything he needed to redeem himself from, but I also think this sounds like a terrible, terrible idea. The Watchmen movie pretty much exhausted the source material, even The Black Freighter and that Hollis Mason book, and it was a critical and commercial "meh." What do they honestly think they're going to accomplish with a fucking television spin-off? If it's just because HBO desperately wants a suckle on one of those sweet, lucrative comic book titties, might I humbly suggest (for the millionth goddamn time) 100 Bullets? Lindelof would actually be well-suited to that one.
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Re: (Watching The) WATCHMEN! Reviews & Spoilers!

Postby Al Shut on Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:12 am

Psychic squid FTW
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