It makes sense. I guess.
Fresh off critical favorite The Leftovers, Damon Lindelof is in talks for a potential Watchmen TV series for HBO. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the project is in the early development stages. An official deal is not yet in place. Representatives for HBO and producer Warner Bros. Television declined comment.
I have a weird relationship with Watchmen. It’s brilliant. It’s engrossing. It’s genuine art. And I wish that the [expletive deleted] thing hadn’t been quite so successful, because it and The Dark Knight Returns (which is also all of those things) kind of [expletive deleted] comic books for a while, and arguably still do*. More accurately, those two series inspired people to slavishly imitate Frank Miller and Alan Moore for a decade or two, only sometimes without either man’s talent or skills.
*I remain convinced that Mark Millar’s Wanted is an at least subconscious protest at the way comics changed. It’s also a highly depressing comic series, by the way — and not because the conceit is “the supervillains won.” It’s in the way that the protagonist thinks that he’s free and has agency, when in reality he’s stuck dancing for the jaded amusement of the very readers he so notoriously scorns in the literal last panel. Wanted is the reductio ad absurdum of an entire decade’s worth of comic books, in other words: I dunno if Millar intended it to play out that way, but it did.