When the news hit the Internet that Zack Snyder was going to take on the iconoclastic graphic novel Watchmen, the snobs came out in full force.
Skepticism became global. It had nothing to do with Marvel v. DC. Forget graphic novel over comic book. This was about the depth of the characterization. You know the team — the Comedian, Doctor Manhattan, the Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and the Silk Spectre — and their origins are possibly the product of a bad trip on acid.
They are misanthropes, misunderstood, and kinda’ missed the mark when the movie launched in 2009. Its opening weekend earned $55 million. Nice, right? It closed out at $185 million. And when you think that 300 made $71 million its first three days, people were expecting a juggernaut with Watchmen.
These days, talk about the movie now among nerd circles, and you would think it crushed Avatar in four months. That said, you can imagine folk were pretty geeked (see what I did there) about the movie becoming an HBO series.
However, nothing could make a geek so giddy as the latest news of lead artist, chief visionary, and co-creator Dave Gibbons has read the Damon Lindelof script for the pilot… and digs it!
“I do know a little about it. I’ve had conversations with Damon, and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected,” Gibbons shares with Entertainment Weekly of the Watchmen TV show.
“I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen. I’ve been resistant to the comic book prequels and sequels, but what Damon’s doing is not that at all, it’s very far away from that. While it’s very reverential and true to the source material (by which I mean the Watchmen graphic novel that Alan and I did), it’s not retreading the same ground, it’s not a reinterpretation of it. It approaches it in a completely unexpected way.“
I’m not an expert but if the creator of a thing likes my rendition of a thing, I would say my thing is pretty great. Knowing the thing is that thing, it should pretty amazing!
The cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.
The series is expected to debut in 2019. Bring it, HBO!