Robot 6 confirmed this morning that writer Mark Millar and Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons are looking to join forces on a possible creator-owned series, as reported by Rich Johnston on his new blog.
However, Millar says the details of the project are off the mark.
“Rich [is] totally wrong,” Millar told Robot 6. “This series I’m announcing in summer is someone else, though Dave and I [are] talking about doing SOMETHING in about a year. No idea what or where it is yet.”
Asked if the project he’s announcing at Comic-Con International is his long-rumored project with Civil War and “Old Man Logan” collaborator Steve McNiven, Millar said: “No, that’s already semi-official. Have another one we’ll announce, too, which might be even bigger. Should be a big summer.”
For more from Millar himself, visit his forum.
In the video below, Dave Gibbons shows you how he made a digital image of Rorschach using his computer, Manga Studio and a Wacom Cintiq tablet. Now let’s see you try this at home. (via)
Let it be known that I did not care much for the Watchmen movie. While it had some already much-discussed merits (the opening credits sequence, some of the performances), I felt the Zach Snyder’s adaptation focused too much on getting the tiny details correct and missed the comic’s grander themes in place of adopting a “kewl” bone-crunching aesthetic — a clear case of not seeing the forest for the blood-smeared smiley buttons if you will. (The possibility that Snyder was being tongue-in-cheek, as some claim, doesn’t make the juxtaposition between the content and the visuals any less jarring.)
So it was with some trepidation that I popped the new Tales from the Black Freighter DVD into my Xbox. For those who don’t know, this is a supplemental animated version of the “Black Freighter” story that runs co-currently in Watchmen alongside the central plot. Rather than excise the sequence completely, the filmmakers decided to create a separate cartoon that supposedly will be incorporated into the final, four-hour (or whatever) version of the film.
Having been so disappointed with the screen adaptation, I expected this to be a dreary more of the same.
I’m in full roundup mode, apparently, as I’ve decided to gather a bunch of Watchmen-related links that don’t involve movie reviews or Alan Moore shaking his fist at Hollywood. I imagine most of us have read the miniseries, or at least read enough about it, that nothing here will spoil anything for you. But just in case: Some of these links may contain spoilers.
• New Scientist examines the science of Watchmen.
There may not be a giant squid in Zack Snyder’s $130-million Watchmen adaptation, but we’ve long known one detail that stays true to the source material: Doctor Manhattan parades around in his full-frontal glory.
Heck, we even caught a glimpse of his outer burroughs in one of the early trailers.
But now a Defamer tipster adds a new wrinkle to the debate over the movie’s faithfulness. It seems the big-screen Manhattan has undergone some significant male enhancement.
“There is indeed shitloads of blue wang,” the tipster writes. “And it’s huge. In the comic book, it’s very average, and uncut, but the film is completely the opposite. Massive and circumcised. Given that it’s digital, was it Crudup or his agent that insisted on the impressive cut cock?”
As Vulture points out, Doctor Manhattan’s blue meanie in the comic book is “modest and understated … symbolizing the character’s impotence in the face of human evil.” Artist Dave Gibbons has said he “was was careful to give him understated genitals, like a piece of classical sculpture.”
So, have Snyder & Co. (further) undercut the intent of Gibbons and Alan Moore by digitally transforming Doctor Manhattan’s uncircumcised, “understated” weenie into a cut tower of power? Or is this just making a (blue) mountain out of a molehill?