A Week For The Watchmen
Alright, I know what you are thinking... does this guy ever shut up about Watchmen? I'll give you an honest answer, and it is no. It will take the wrath of the mighty Kurt Broz to end the Watchmen dialogue I could continue to the end of my days.
Even deepening my confession, I am a rather new fan of the most heralded graphic novel of all time... and it's all because of the movie. It was a while ago so if my memory serves me right, I was watching the Super Bowl. Then a trailer comes on the television, set to a hauntingly slow rendition of the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is The Beginning Is The End", showing superheroes I had never seen before, and I was hooked. I remember saying to myself "I have to know everything about this". At that moment, my Watchmen fandom began.
Photo Credit - Warner Brothers
The movie had it's flaws, no denying it, however I felt for the task of condensing the entire graphic novel into something of a coherent presentation, Zack Snyder did a good job. I mean, what else did you expect? Though I wouldn't define myself as a super-fan, hell... you probably know more about Watchmen that I do. But I can tell you it has been something that has brought much joy to my life.
Now... let's do it.
The week of September 18th was a big week in the world of Watchmen. If you are one of those people who believe graphic novel should remain as is, and you have every right to be, now is the time for you to get back to your Facebook feed.
Photo Credit - DC Comics
We start with Geoff Johns, whose surprisingly good looking for an architect of the DC Universe. If you've been following Nerdbot over the last couple months you would know that we love our DC. We've posted articles covering the upcoming advancement of "The Watchmen Integration", titled Doomsday Clock, a twelve issue run set to begin at 11:57pm on November 21rst (genius move Johns). Superherohype.com reported on September 21rst that we got a trailer for the series. Realistically it's more of a couple minute interview but if you're as excited about Doomsday Clock as I am, definitely check it out!
Gives you a little insight into the project. I think we can all take a deep breath, Johns and Gary Frank have got this... stay positive.
Another HUGE piece of news comes from The Hollywood Reporter on September 20th when they ran an article stating Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof has received a pilot order for an HBO Watchmen TV show. Remember when I said that Zack Snyder did a good job with the movie. If you were to ask me if I feel the movie did the graphic novel justice? The answer is no. In fact I feel that there is no way to tell that story appropriately in less than four hours. And with HBO's television reputation there is no way the ending of the comic will be altered to appeal to a mass audience. Which I believe to be the most powerful and true criticism the film endured.
Photo Credit - Deadline.com
Personally I feel this project is in good hands. If you go to lostpedia.wikia.com right at the top you will a see a quote from Lindelof to Entertainment Weekly saying Watchmen is "the greatest piece of popular fiction ever produced". Lostpedia even has a whole page devoted to Watchmen's influence on Lost . Some of it I believe to be correct, others elements border on self-fulfilling prophecy but it's still entertaining to read.
Of course there are a whole bunch of questions you may have, we all do. One of the biggest centers on exactly how long this show will last. The folks over at Indiewire.com have already highlighted the importance of the length's power over the content of the story. And I'm not sure if people realize how crucial the duration of the show will be to it's legacy and reception but it is of the highest importance. I'm of the opinion that three seasons would be optimal. If you think the internet was outraged by the movie... just wait until we are on season five, we have no stage set for the conclusion, and fanboys are complaining about "Lindelofy" plot drivers like a reoccurring mythical homeless figure from the Comedian's past who was never in the comic but somehow a big part of his character development, the world wide web will be like the first ten minutes of The Road Warrior. Every writer, handed control over a project is going to want to put his signature on his work but if given to much time. They can slip into a wormhole of unnecessary thought processes that may put a stain on the product.
Damon, if you are reading, go for quality over quantity. Stay tight to the source material. Side with artistry, not the amount of zeroes in the paycheck. A four to five year investment of your time will result in a Christopher Nolan level of power status in the network. You can just knock on HBO's door to let them know you thought about writing four days ago and they'll cut you a check.
Details of the project of course are minimal and probably kept in the smallest of circles. Stay tuned to Nerdbot for developments in the story.
As for us fans, we're all in the same boat here. And now... we wait.
By Adam Chmielewski
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