According to Collider, Zack Snyder and HBO are discussing the possibility of bringing Watchmen to the place it always seemed destined: pay television.
“Our sources tell us that the meetings about adapting the DC Comics property have taken place,” they write. “But unfortunately we don’t have any details as to whether this would be a prequel series, a re-imagining of the events of the Watchmen story itself, or a sequel series.”
The site warns that as these possible discussions are in their infancy, no release date or any other pertinent details are available. There’s also the possibility that nothing may ever come of it. HBO abandons ideas all the time.
But, as much as the cable outlet has always seemed like the most natural home for adapting the material, I genuinely think that time has passed. Oh, I’d still love to see HBO find a superhero property to develop and do for it what Game of Thrones did for fantasy — here’s a good spot for jokes about sex and violence — but Watchmen had its moment. I’d love to be wrong, but I’d also love for the late 1990s Starman to be chosen title.
It remains to be seen if talk of the Watchmen series will be more than that, but if nothing else, it means superheroes could be entering a realm of prestige drama; a place I think we all hoped they’d eventuall end up.