DC Comics has announced Wednesday that plans are now in the works for a limited series of prequels for “Watchmen”, the 1986-87 graphic novel from writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons.
Despite its controversy, “Watchmen” was praised for breaking the superhero mold. Set in New York City 1985, superheroes like the “Watchmen” were outlawed as vigilantes. They were either given the choice of retirement, revealed their secret identities and live normal lives, or work for law enforcement and government agencies. However, when Edward Blake/the Comedian was murdered, it seems that someone is going after the rest of the Watchmen, and as the investigation continues, a conspiracy starts to unravel, which leads to one question: They watch over us, but who watches over them?
“Watchmen” was then brought back to life on the big screen in 2009 from 300 director Zack Snyder with taglines that includes Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what we do. The film grossed $185 million dollars worldwide, but critical response was mixed.
The prequels, divided into seven parts, will have the “Before Watchmen” slogan, according to DC. They are set to come out sometime this summer.