The Watchmen is not over and we're about to see more of Alan Moore's legacy thanks to HBO and DC Comics. One is poised to "remix" the "unadaptable" story into a television series while the other seamlessly melds Moore's coarse superheroes into the DC universe. The result is Watchmen being more popular than ever-- a testament to Moore's masterful world-building and characters.
We don't know about you but we're definitely looking forward to HBO's Watchmen TV series. It would be fascinating to see what was once a case study on superhero realism would be like if it were expanded into its own thing while retaining its themes and atmosphere. However, there have only been a few confirmed characters for the TV series at the moment, meaning there's still room for more speculation. So, here are five characters we hope to see again and five others we don't want in the show.
10 SALLY JUPITER (WANT)
The first Silk Spectre was shown as a retired and disillusioned alcoholic mother who dwells too much on the past. She was among the original superheroes and predecessors of the Watchmen called the Minutemen. Like all the Minutemen, she has her own dark past and is a damaged character. Nevertheless, she makes for an interesting lore exposition especially since her Silk Spectre was a spitting image of Marilyn Monroe.
Her penchant for revealing what the "colorful" past was like can give viewers an insight into the world of Watchmen. Besides, not having flashbacks into the history of the first-generation vigilantes in a Watchmen TV series would be a crime. As it happens, Sally is a master storyteller and loves her nostalgia trips.
9 SILK SPECTRE II (DON'T WANT)
It would be impossible not to include Sally's daughter (Laurie) if the former gets portrayed in the show. Laurie took up her mother's mantle and became the second Silk Spectre. However, that doesn't mean she's as interesting as her. She doesn't have as much depth as her mother and nothing really bad happened to her apart from her parentage which she only found out too late.
In fact, Laurie is one of the luckiest members of the Watchmen. She was nurtured by her mother and was groomed to be a superhero-- she had everything she wanted since she was a child and didn't really have too many problems. For someone living in a supposed dystopian pre-apocalypse, Laurie's Silk Spectre is not as interesting as the first one.
8 THE COMEDIAN (WANT)
The Comedian (Eddie Blake) is one of the most important characters in Alan Moore's Watchmen graphic novel. As such, it really ought to be mandatory to include him in the show. He is the first Watchman to die, however, so chances are, we only get to see him in a flashback. Regardless, the Comedian's actions and what he stood for have resonated significantly throughout the story and the plot.
He often represents the reality of the situation or the era: absurd, violent, and amoral. He's pretty much Alan Moore's take on a more historically grounded Captain America and a twisted and darker American Dream. He's ruthless and really doesn't care about the people he's supposed to be saving; an odd behavior for a vigilante.
7 NITE OWL II (DON'T WANT)
Like Laurie Jupiter, the second Nite Owl (Dan Dreiberg) is one of the least conflicted characters in Watchmen. He was born a rich kid and inheritor of a big company but chose to be a vigilante instead. One of his few problems on Earth is missing the glory days before vigilantes were outlawed. This gave Dreiberg feelings of impotence and made him overweight.
Such a feeling of obsoletion is what drew him and Laurie closer together. He even had an extramarital affair with her which really doesn't help us sympathize with the both of them. Their characters felt like two thrill-seeking and helpless teenagers who are barely qualified to be vigilantes. Suffice to say, he's not a character we're looking forward to seeing again in the show.
6 OZYMANDIAS (WANT)
Ozymandias (Adrian Veidt) was the biggest plot twist of the Watchmen graphic novel; he turned out to be the grand villain all along whose intentions were morally ambiguous and are debatable. His plan of ushering in world peace by introducing a fabricated alien entity which killed millions but stopped an impending nuclear war was both brilliant and psychotic.
At the end of the graphic novel, however, his plans seem to be ultimately ruined and chaos supposedly ensued once again. Being a central character to the plot, it's already a given to see Ozymandias in the HBO series. Whether he will try to fix the problem he caused or become a villain outright is something we would all fancy to see unfold in a show. Thankfully, his return has been confirmed and he is to be played by Jeremy Irons.
5 RICHARD NIXON (DON'T WANT)
Apparently, the HBO show is aiming for a present-day setting. According to the showrunner, David Lindelof, the graphic novel is still canon and nothing will change there. He is quite reluctant on calling it an adaptation or a sequel though, and prefers a "remix." Hence, we can assume that it will be similar to a "what if" situation when the world still progressed after what Ozymandias did.
This setting choice has an implication for a certain choice of U.S. president present in Watchmen. It was Richard Nixon in the graphic novel but that was set back in the 1980s. Modern solutions only go well with modern problems, and Nixon is a relic of the past. A new face more relevant to today's political landscape would be more relatable and compelling. Simply put, anyone but Nixon, HBO.
4 DOCTOR MANHATTAN (WANT)
Doctor Manhattan, whatever he is, is basically a god. There is nothing he can't do in Watchmen but his omnipotence has proven to be detrimental for mankind. He has grown bored with humans and we last saw him in the graphic novel setting off to create his "own world" somewhere on another planet (or reality).
Meanwhile, DC Comics' Geoff Johns' reimagined Manhattan as a villain for the Justice League in Doomsday Clock (a canon crossover for Watchmen and the DC universe). It's not clear what HBO plans to do with this dangling character but whatever it is, we want it and would love to see it as long as it is within his character. One thing is for certain, with Doctor Manhattan as a central character, anything is possible... anything he deems.
3 MIME (DON'T WANT)
For some reason, the Mime and his partner in crime, Marionette are allegedly included in HBO's Watchmen. That, however, would be weird since HBO's Watchmen is supposedly based off of Moore's Watchmen and not Geoff Johns' Doomsday Clock. The only time Mime and his wife, Marionette appeared as part of the Watchmen mythos is through Doomsday Clock.
Moreover, Doomsday Clock is not even finished yet, meaning there could be certain developments in store for Mime or Marionette. In that case, having them in HBO's TV series would be an odd choice from the showrunner. Also, Mime's, uh... powers are pretty weird and unexplained even.
2 RORSCHACH (WANT)
One could argue that Rorschach (Walter Kovacs) is Moore's favorite character in his graphic novel. Often, the story is told from his point of view and his journal or diary has proven to be crucial in Ozymandias' defeat. It's also not hard to understand Rorschach's motivations, he's pretty much a cross between Batman and The Question, only more insane.
Of course, he's dead thanks to Doctor Manhattan but that didn't stop Geoff Johns from including a Rorschach II in Doomsday Clock. Based on the trailer for HBO's Watchmen, Rorschach is apparently everywhere and has become a cult. Whether it's the original one we see or some faithful copycats, Rorschach's appearance is always welcome and interesting.
1 MARIONETTE (DON'T WANT)
Mime's abilities were already nonsensical and eyebrow-raising; his wife's (Marionette) is just plain anime absurdity. Her weapon of choice is a razor-sharp thread which she uses to decapitate heads or dismember her enemies' limbs. It not only looks questionable, but it also appears to be impractical especially when adapted to live-action; she would have to run up to an enemy and hug them in order to use her weapon.
Really, a gun or a blade would have been more useful. Even she and her husband, Mime were no match for the Comedian (just a mere human with weapons) in Doomsday Clock. As stated above, there are unconfirmed speculations that she and Mime might be included in HBO's show. If they do, hopefully, they give her something more decent-- a capability or a weapon fitting of a supervillain would be nice.