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Who Will Watch the Watchmen? Again?

BY RELEVANT CULTURE / FILM / ISSUE 58 July 17, 2012

Every artistic medium has at least one thing no one would ever consider changing. No one would remake The Godfather. No one would think of repainting the Mona Lisa. And no one would dare write a sequel to The Great Gatsby.

Watchmen used to be on that list of untouchables. The legendary comic series deconstructed superheroes; and comics, movies and storytelling have never been the same. But now, DC Comics is trying to make a series of prequels to Watchmen. This summer, seven Before Watchmen series will launch, expanding the backstory of many of the original characters. The series will be the work of your writers, all trying to live up to the mass critical acclaim of the original. Because, you know, prequels worked out so well for Star Wars.