I swear this will be my last Watchmen-related post, ahaha…
Even before I went to see the movie on Friday, I had heard the blasphemous whispers of a sequel. Or at least, I had heard that Zack Snyder is refusing to have anything to do with one, which is certainly reassuring. Watching the movie, I couldn’t help but notice Dr. Manhattan’s ominous line, “Nothing ever ends.” It seemed like it had less to do with his concept of time and more to do with Hollywood’s tendency to milk everything for all its worth. Except that a second Watchmen movie wouldn’t fly, even for non-fans. Seriously, what would you do? Just about everyone involved in the film is confused on that front. Who would want a sequel? Or even a prequel?
This article is pretty hilarious and this excerpt and quote sums up everything I have to say on the matter:
While a possible prequel about the Minutemen — the superhero team that came before the Watchmen — may make financial sense, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays seasoned “Watchmen” superhero The Comedian, says it would be creative suicide.
“The fans would kill us if we tried to go and do something else,” Morgan said. “If we tried to do a prequel that wasn’t written by Alan Moore, we’d get crucified. We couldn’t walk down the street. Unless Warner Bros. wants all of their actors to get killed, I think it’s a bad idea.”
And Alan Moore would never write a sequel, especially not if the entire purpose is so that a second movie could be crafted from it.
There are a lot of movies that should have never had sequels. Among them, the Matrix, Short Circuit, the Wizard of Oz (yes, that had a sequel; I know, right?), and most Disney movies. Watchmen begins and ends. They’re already releasing the cut material from Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood as DVD features, so there’s nothing more to say or do. Really, I think chances of a second movie getting greenlit is slim to none, but it’s still unsettling to know that the actors have a clause in their contract binding them to a potential sequel/prequel, which means that Hollywood, at the very least, thought about it at some point.