in his grave,and the guy ain't freaking dead yet.
Thanks to this new mens magazine using Watchmen to sell raincoats.
What does everyone here think about this,with the movie coming out im sure a toy line,t-shirts and every type of merch is gonna go along with it.I wouldnt be surprised if a sequel for both the comic and movie will be mentioned.
I personally hate it,I wish Watchmen would just stay a comic and nothing more,its more special that way.
I agree that using Rorschach the way they did was a stupid move, and for precisely the reasons Vynson stated. So I don't see it as an advertisement. I see it as an example of what Rorschach may look like on the big screen. It makes the image much more palatable.
Second of all, I think you're overreacting to this. There has been no sequel buzz whatsoever (movie or otherwise) for 300, despite the pop culture phenomenon it was. There's no talk of a sequel to V for Vendetta either, though that did respectable business as well. This tells me that Warner Bros. (who distributed V for Vendetta, 300 and will distribute Watchmen) knows that a graphic novel without a follow-up shouldn't have a movie with a follow-up.
And a graphic novel sequel to Watchmen? Without Moore's blessing? Hell no. Not in a million years. I don't care what you think about Corporate America and their greedy, blundering ways, I refuse to believe that Warner Bros. and DC would do something so irresponsible, inconsiderate, avaricious and unbelievably outright stupid. Besides, they'd have to find someone to actually write, draw and color the damn thing. You want to find someone in the comic industry that would cross Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Neil Gaiman (a good friend of Moore's, remember), and all their fans? You want to find someone that would piss off at least two-thirds of the comic book-buying community regardless of what work he turned in? Good luck.
But as for merchandise... well, we need something.
The Watchmen fandom has been going strong for 20 years now. The Transformers fandom has been going for roughly an equal amount of time. But the TF fans have multiple TV series, comic books, two movies (going on three) and thousands of toys. And what do we have? A book. It's a damn good book to sustain a fandom for 20 years, but it's just one book all the same.
In my opinion, it's time that DC and Warner Bros. gave us something in return for supporting the book and keeping its popularity strong for two decades. It's time that those who held the property helped ensure its longevity. The movie is a good start, but why stop there? Bring on the merchandise. If you love Watchmen, show it by voting with your wallet. There's money to be made, there's money to be spent and there are fans who would like to express their love for the graphic novel by wearing it on a T-shirt or displaying figures on a shelf.
And ostermansmark, you seem to be implying that a few action figures and a few coffee mugs would ruin the story and spirit of the graphic novel. It wouldn't. Making a sequel to the movie or graphic novel, answering the question of what Seymour does with the journal, that
would be ruining the story.