Artist Dave Gibbons, co-creator of the graphic novel Watchmen, recently discussed his thoughts on HBO’s upcoming series based on the beloved story.
Watchmen has been getting another major push in recent years, from the Doomsday Clock story unraveling in the DC Comics universe to HBO’s upcoming series. The original book, written by Alan Moore, was seen as untouchable by many fans but when Zack Snyder’s Watchmen hit theaters in 2009, it opened the door to new interpretations of the material. After Snyder’s film polarized audiences, the 12-issue prequel series Before Watchmen hit comic stores.
The book premiered in 2012 and finally revisited the material and expanded on it in ways that the film hadn’t. Now, HBO is bringing Watchmen to the small screen in a new series from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and seems to be attempting a similar task. Dave Gibbons was recently speaking with Deadline about the upcoming project and revealed that, like many fans of the book, he originally didn’t feel that any sequels, prequels, etc. were necessary.
“The original is something that we always saw as standing alone and it never in our mind required prequels or sequels or homages or pastiches or anything like that. It isn’t that we thought it should be treated with great reverence, it’s just that we thought: If you’ve done something right just leave it alone.”
Gibbons then opened up about why he came around to the idea and went on to praise the most recent interpretation of the material from HBO and Damon Lindelof.
“I think as happens with all works that are around long enough and are successful enough, that people do want to explore things further. As far as this new one, TV clearly is the medium of the moment. It’s where the preeminent and most exciting areas for telling stories of the moment. The fact that Damon Lindleof has found a way to bring Watchmen into that area and do it with something I consider exciting, entertaining and absolutely worthwhile on the subject matter? I think that’s great.”
Gibbons then revealed that the HBO series will explore the idea of an alternative reality.
“It does pursue the idea of an alternative reality. And that’s essentially what Watchmen was [in its original comics form], an alternate-reality story. I think what’s happening with the TV version is it presents yet another variation. And while I’ve only read the screenplay — and I can’t speak to the tone or the way the things been shot — I’d say the reality it inhabits is one that feels quite authentic. It’s not here, it’s not now, it’s something slightly sideways.”
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding HBO’s Watchmen as more information becomes available. Are you excited about the new take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic story? Will you be giving it a chance when it premieres? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!