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I don't know how much stock can be put in this, but it's astounding to think someone would commit artistic suicide and be part of this:

I’ve heard this one rumbling for a while now. First there was the story that DC Comics Publisher and President Paul Levitz had personally prevented any Watchmen 2 projects, because, despite their differences, he believed that as this would be against Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ wishes, it would cause bery bad feeling in the creative community and would be a creatively bankrupt move.

Moore fell out massively with DC Comics, and Paul Levitz specifically, not only choosing not to work with them any further, but scuppering spinoff projects, removing his name from any movie credits and any money due to him from said movies, and taking his one final project The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, from Wildstorm, a publisher DC had purchased
But in the wake of the movie, Watchmen became DC’s best selling comic book of all time. One might say partly because it had remained undiluted after all this time.

But there were moves. A Wizard splash showing DC’s Countdown multiverse had Rorschach as one of the combatants and it was rumoured one of the universes in the DC 52 Multiverse was intended to be the Watchmen world. Instead, Earth 4 became a world inspired by elements of Watchmen and the Charlton Heroes universe but with other aspects such as the laws of physics being altered.

But the news broke that Paul Levitz was stepping down from DC Comics as both President and Publisher, I wondered what that meant for the possibility of a Watchmen sequel. Certainly in a hundred years, you couldn’t expect there not to be one.

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.

I understand that both Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have to be offered first refusal before any of these titles could be published. But if they don’t want to work on them themselves (and Alan Moore is never going to agree), DiDio has been sounding out people who might be willing to take on the task.

While some creators are reticent, the argument goes if there are a number of Watchmen spinoff projects, any blame or shame can be spread on many shoulders. The sales are expected to be massive, whatever the hardcore fanboy reaction and such expected sales benefits will be shared amongst the creative teams.

In contrast, not only would Levitz not allow any new Watchmen stories but even the video game was restricted to material in the graphic novel and film, nothing brand new was allowed to be invented. Despite differences with Moore, Levitz has held fast to the committment that the comic is the comic is the comic.

It seems that this may now change.

At this stage, having disowned himself of much of it, Alan Moore is likely not to care. Though we might get an eviscerating blast at some point if this all comes to pass.

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.

And of course, in those initial movie contracts with Fox, there was a clause that included sequels to a Watchmen movie.
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

There is no justice.

WHERE IS MY MIRACLEMAN TRADE PAPERBACK!?!?!?!?
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

What would it even be about?
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

What would it even be about?
The Minutemen. It was also supposed to be a series of prequels.

Alan Moore briefly toyed with the idea of doing a prequel called the Minutemen. No doubt, this would be the starting point.
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

The Minutemen. It was also supposed to be a series of prequels.

Alan Moore briefly toyed with the idea of doing a prequel called the Minutemen. No doubt, this would be the starting point.
Followed by The Minutemen: Origins and Batman vs. Rorschack.
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

There is no justice.

WHERE IS MY MIRACLEMAN TRADE PAPERBACK!?!?!?!?
Rumor has it, this summer.



As to the Watchmen thing. I know it's trendy to be all "oooo Watchmen is teh greatest!!", but I don't get it. It's good, but it's not the greatest graphic novel ever, hell, it's not even close. It's definitely NOT Moore's greatest work; see afore mentioned Miracleman, or his Swamp Thing run, or well, most of what he's done before or after Watchmen.
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

There is no justice.

WHERE IS MY MIRACLEMAN TRADE PAPERBACK!?!?!?!?
See, now this is the real crime.

If it were up to me, they could make all the crappy Watchmen sequels they liked, so long as we finally got a Miracleman TPB.
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

See, now this is the real crime.

If it were up to me, they could make all the crappy Watchmen sequels they liked, so long as we finally got a Miracleman TPB.
Ummm, wrong company BTW. DC's got Watchmen, it's up to Marvel to release Miracleman (and according to all signs, we're going to start seeing Miracleman stuff this summer)
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

Rumor has it, this summer.
I'm veering terribly off topic here, but do you have a source? Any word on the logo situation? Last I heard there was a potential problem with the fact that Todd McFarlane had a legitimate claim to the trademark on the redesigned logo.
 

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Re: Get ready for Watchmen 2!

The comic could be cool. I liked the first one enough to read a sequel. Not enough to be really exited


E said:
And of course, in those initial movie contracts with Fox, there was a clause that included sequels to a Watchmen movie.
:D I LOVED the film version though and I love a sequel to it.
 

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