HBO's Watchmen By Damon Lindelof Might Be The Greatest Thing I've Ever Heard
Remember the ending of Suicide Squad where every character got to see a picturesque vision of their lives where they got everything they wanted?
Oh, no? Well of course you don't. Why would you? I forgot everyone tried to block that movie from their memories.
Either way, I feel like I just received one of those visions with yesterday's news:
Damon Lindelof is working on a Watchmen series for HBO.
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
HBO's Watchmen? Metroid Prime 4 exists? Wonder Woman was actually good?
Is everything I like just going to be perfect from now on?
Even though this deal is not set in stone yet, I am so incredibly excited that this could happen.
Never before has there been a more perfect marriage of material, showrunner and network.
Watchmen is, in my opinion, the best comic series ever. HBO is, in my opinion, the best network ever. And Damon Lindelof is without a doubt the greatest man that ever lived.
That's not exactly true considering Larry David still walks the Earth but Lindelof is no pushover.
The Leftovers' incredible end to its 3-year run cements Lindelof on the Mt. Rushmore of 1-hour drama showrunners right next to David Chase, Matthew Weiner, and David Simon.
(Vince Gilligan is there too. Mt. Rushmore can add a fifth.)
And of course, Lost speaks for itself.
(Terry O'Quinn for Doctor Manhattan. Make it happen.)
Like Kevin Garvey, I was ready to follow The Book of Damon no matter what he did next. And to hear that his next project is my favorite comic series of all things makes me unimaginably happy.
While some of the obviously wrong doubters would question why we need another Watchmen adaptation when we just got a pretty damned faithful one not too long ago, I say this:
If Spider-Man can get two reboots in the span of 5 years, Watchmen deserves another chance.
It is the most highly regarded comic series of all time, after all.
I would argue that Zack Snyder's Watchmen came out a few years too early. It was ahead of its time in fact. I liked it, but it didn't exactly hit with audiences the way the studio wanted it to.
Now we are seeing that R-rated superhero films with mature tones like Logan and Deadpool can be massively successful. And Daredevil has been a giant hit on Netflix.
Which makes this the perfect time for this property to make a comeback.
HBO can give Watchmen the proper care it needs. The length and density of Watchmen lends itself far more to television than to film.
And as Game of Thrones has shown, HBO can offer world class production budgets that rival most movies out today.
Damon Lindelof is not only an incredible writer and showrunner, but he is a massive fan of the comic book.
In a 2009 interview Lindelof said that the series continues to be a major influence in his work.
He said, "From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put in everything I write."
If he can imbue the characters of Watchmen with the same level of complexity and nuance that he did in The Leftovers then we could have something special here.
And I think that Lindelof's style of highlighting one character per episode as he did in Lost and The Leftovers would work especially well in this case.
You can imagine a Rorschach episode, a Doctor Manhattan episode etc.
I am confident that all the pieces are in place to make a Watchmen TV series that is truly worthy of the name.
I only hope it's more than just a dream.