Just read someone describe The Big Bang Theory as “nerd blackface.”
I never thought anyone would be able to phrase my complaints so succinctly.
So Bleeding Cool reports that there’s a Watchmen sequel in the offing.
This time, they’ve got big-name creators ostensibly on a DC wishlist attached to the story, including Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski and others.
I’ll believe it when I see it.
After all, isn’t the New 52 all about being, well, new? Why would they want to revisit something that’s 25 years old and non-canonical?
Then again, who’s to say that DC wouldn’t give it a go? After a disappointing box-office draw, it seems as though the property itself has hit a wall and has made all the money it’s going to make for Warner, merchandising-wise. Breathing new life into the property has to be tempting…and maybe their idea of “new” just means not being beholden to ideas and sacred cows of the past. It’s not as though they’ve invented a lot of new lead characters recently; the whole New 52 crop is pretty much repurposing old properties in a more modern way.
Of course, if it were going to happen in Alan Moore’s lifetime (I remain skeptical that it will), now would be the time for DC to pull the trigger. It’s going to be widely regarded as a big, stupid risk with potential to either pay off big or implode completely. Their last big, stupid risk appears (at least for now) to be paying off rather spectacularly—which might make it easier to explain a high-profile flop to the top brass. Hell, even just proposing another big gamble so soon after the New 52 initiative might earn DiDio, Lee and Johns some respect from their corporate overlords.
Time will tell…