Those holding out hope for more Watchmen on HBO need not hold their breath. Series creator Damon Lindelof has remained adamant that season 2 will not happen, at least not with his involvement. The show's massive night at the Emmys recently didn't change his tune any. If anything, it only served to make Lindelof more steadfast in his stance on the matter. Star Regina King is likely out as well, as she's only interested if Lindelof is on board.
Watchmen, which is based on Alan Moore's seminal DC Comics series of the same name, took home 11 Emmys over the weekend, including a win for Outstanding Limited Series. It became the first show based on a comic book to win in that category. Given that the show was billed as a limited series, Damon Lindelof feels it would be a betrayal to now press forward with another season. Here's what Lindelof had to say about it in a recent interview.
"It would feel like a huge betrayal of winning limited series to come back and say 'it was only a limited series. Watchmen is something I've loved since I was 13 years old. Someone else created it, and this was my run on it. I've invited any other artist who wants to take the baton."
In the past Damon Lindelof has offered his blessing, should HBO and another creative team decide to have a crack at it. But given the success Watchmen has enjoyed, against seemingly impossible odds, it is hard to imagine anyone else would want to go near the property. At least not any time soon. Regina King also spoke about the possibility of Watchmen season 2. King took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress In a Limited Series or Movie for her work as Angela Abar/Sister Night. Here's what King had to say.
"If I would do it again, it would be with Damon. So there's no conversation about a future of Watchmen just right now. It's just about settling and enjoying this strange moment. We're coming to a close on this chapter of the Watchmen series. It's bittersweet and emotional."
Watchmen started life as a 12-issue series published by DC between 1986 and 1987. It has since gone on to become one of the most highly-regarded stories the medium of comics has ever produced. Zack Snyder previously directed a movie adaptation that was released in 2009. It was slavishly devoted to the source material. On the flipside, HBO's series serves as a sequel to the comic, telling an entirely new story.
DC has, in recent years, started including more stories featuring the Watchmen characters. Doomsday Clock was a 12-issue series that included major heroes from the main DC universe. More recently, a Rorschach series from writer Tom King was announced. Perhaps one of these comics could inspire another season of some kind on HBO down the road. For now though, the network is taking a victory lap. This news was previously reported by Deadline.