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DC is planning on launching a Watchmen prequel entitled "Before Watchmen." (reference story at http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/06/befo...ontroversy/?hpt=hp_bn13 ). Are you looking forward to this new series?
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answered:    June 07, 2012
I think it's a cheap commercial ploy to cash in on the recent success of the film and it cannot and will not ever match the artistic or literary quality of Moore and Gibbons's original work. DC is making some bad choices lately and this attempt to mainstream all of their properties is one of them. Rumor has it that Gaiman's "Sandman" will soon become part of the mainstream DC Universe and may appear alongside regular superheroes as well. Idiocy!
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answered:    June 07, 2012
Personally... I don't particularly see a reason I should actually, you know, care that much.  It's not like Watchmen will cease to exist and it's not like anything could ruin that experience for me as is.  Is it a bad idea?  Certainly.  But do I think it's some way to appeal to the Mainstream?  Uh... no.  The film, for all it's worth, was not very successful with the mainstream as it was.  Most of the people who I talk to that liked it were fans of the graphic novel.  Those I talked to who liked the movie without reading the graphic novel already forgot about it.  It's performance in theaters was mediocre at best.  It only grossed 107 million domestically and only 185 million or so worldwide which means they barely even recaptured their budget (which was around 130 million) and even then it was the home video market that allowed them to do that anyway.  It was only in theaters for 12 weeks.  That meant it also had the SHORTEST theatrical run of any highly anticipated film in 2009.  People lost interest in the film pretty fast.  By it's third week in theaters it had pretty much fallen off the radar.  If it was a "success" it certainly wasn't the kind that Warner Bros. or DC ever wants to try to duplicate.  You also had to be a pretty hardcore dude to go out and pick up all those extended editions as it was.  The movie pretty much sees itself in the cult status.  So I really don't think the films "success" has anything to do with it because the film wasn't that successful.  By all accounts, it was considered a flop.  Oh, it has it's fans, but the movie seemed to appeal much more to fans of the graphic novel more so than actual movie goers.  What I'm saying is that Watchmen already tried to appeal to the mainstream and it just didn't work the way they thought it would or wanted it to.  And if Watchmen had appealed to the mainstream... so what?  Who cares?  And if this was a ploy to appeal to the mainstream... again: Who cares?  People are going to like what they like regardless of whether it has mainstream appeal or not.

But I remember hearing about "Before Watchmen," a long time ago.  Even if it were coming right around the corner, it missed the "Watchmen bandwagon," as it is.  And, like everything else I see... it's gonna be something that must be judged on its own merits.  Sure it might not have the artistic merit of Moore's work... but it shouldn't actually have to.  That's not something I care about.  Sure it should do justice to the Watchmen... but again, it's not like Watchmen ceases to be Watchmen if the prequel stories are bad (it's very tempting to compare this situation to the Star Wars prequels, but these haven't come out yet so...). 

I'm curious to see what'll happen, but I'm not likely to pick them up as it is.
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answered:    June 07, 2012
Yes and no. Honestly, the wirting these days can never do it justice and the impact of the WATCHMEN characters were strong because of the mystery behind them. I MAY check them out when they get released on TP form, but I won't buy them as individual comic books. I already have my hands full with the independents and mainstream titles. I would like to read more on the Comedian and Rorschach--Silk Spectre....but the rest were better as parts of a whole.
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