Watchmen To Be Animated For New R – Rated Adaptation

More 'Watchmen' in development.

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons critically acclaimed ‘Watchmen’ is to get a new lease of life via a brand new animated film.

CBR has uncovered a recent Warner Bros Survey, which is part of Warner’s “A List Community “, which regularly asks questions of their subscribers for insights on pending television and film projects. The survey revealed that they are adapting the comic to animation.

The project is described as “an upcoming made-for-video movie,” which means it is already in development or the final stages of production.

The survey describes the project as a faithful adaptation of the Watchmen comic, which will be done in an animated style, which mirrors the artistic style that was used by Dave Gibbons. This means that Warner will take a similar approach to the one they used on Frank Miller’s ‘Dark Knight Returns’ and Moore and Brian Bolland’s ‘The Killing Joke’. Both those films payed tribute to the artistic styles, which were used in the comics.


One interesting exclusion from the survey is the the comics creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. While it is widely known that Moore wants nothing to do with the mainstream comics publishers and studios adapting his works. The strange exclusion is that of Dave Gibbons who was a key player in helping produce Zack Snyder’s 2009 Live – Action Watchmen movie.

As mentioned above. Alan Moore has always been very much against Warner Bros and DC doing revisions of any of his comics titles. He was once quoted as saying he would be “spitting venom all over” the Snyder-directed film. He has said on a number of occasions that the original story should stand on its own.

DC and Warner have always pretty much ignored Alan Moore’s views and gone ahead with further ‘Watchmen’ content. Even going as far as to include the ‘Watchmen’ characters in their ongoing comics universe. Added to all of this is the fact that HBO have entered talks with regard to adapting the comic to a live action TV series.

As far as the comics go. Fans will most likely see some of the Watchmen characters pop up in forthcoming issues DC’s Rebirth series.

So it would seem that fans of the ‘Watchmen’ will have new content to enjoy and scrutinise in the weeks and months to come.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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