Look at Star Wars! Movies, video games, books, and more merchandise than a human being could possibly imagine. Star wars is to science fiction as Watchmen is to comic books. Believe me when I say this, a movie involving the greatest comic book series of all time is not enough. Watchmen has ONE poster as far as I'm concerned, and the smiley badges with the blood haven't been made in years. Yes, I am a huge fan of Watchmen and don't believe in butchering the thing, but can't we at least spare some sort of spin-off? Maybe a TV show isn't the best idea, but I'm just trying to throw some ideas out there.
star wars and it's merchandising was aimed at kids, stealing from countless myths, legends and tales throughout history to get kids excited about fantasy again. it absolutely revolutionised the market as it was on so large a scale, the star wars universe was just that, a universe. lunch boxes, t-shirts and toys are all a given in star wars... but did you know star wars toys were the first to be 3-3/4"? before that, only 12" dolls like GI joe or action man were available. why did they do this? SO THAT THE MILLENIUM FALCON WOULDN'T TAKE UP A KID'S WHOLE ROOM!!!
some thing that simple made the industry standard today.
also, even lucas has admitted that every character that had more than 3 seconds screen time was made into a figure...and he owns all the merch rights...and probably several hawaiian islands because of it.
watchmen is completely different.
1. it's finite - the swu history spans millenia
2. it's set on earth (and mars), mostly in new york - not numerous planets, systems and galaxies.
3. watchmen isn't kid friendly! the whole thing is about adult life and the huge question of morals. to put it in short terms star wars promotes team work, religion, hard work, friendship, and most of all redemption and love.
i don't even know what could have ever been written successfully in a watchmen spin-off. to me, what happens in the book is everything we need to know - we know enough about rorschach without being put off or sick of him. its so goddamn complex and detailed.
watchmen will always be a complete work in the truest sense of the phrase. there is no need for another series.
you will have your merch! just wait 11 months!!!