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question of the day: What would a ‘Watchmen’ sequel look like?

It’s been all Watchmen all week! Why not? We’re all geeked.

So here’s some more: What would a Watchmen sequel look like?

I know: it’s preposterous question, right? It’d be like making a sequel to Moby Dick. Or A Tale of Two Cities.

Yet a sequel has apparently not been outside the realm of possibility, as Warner Bros. sees it:

Although the stars of Watchmen, which opens on Friday, are contractually obligated to appear in a sequel, there appears little likelihood that a sequel will actually be produced, the Los Angeles Times observed today (Wednesday). Director Zack Snyder indicated that his contract does not call for him to direct a sequel and that if asked to do so, he would refuse. “Will they make one? I have no idea how you would. The work is the work.” The newspaper pointed out that the current movie is faithful to the original Alan Moore graphic novel and that no sequel was ever published.

Good on Snyder for refusing to consider the idea, but why put actors under contractual obligation to appear in a sequel in the first place if there’s no chance of doing it? Of course Warner Bros. could hire another director: McG, maybe. Or Brett Ratner. Wouldn’t that be… apocalyptic?

So what would a sequel look like? Probably Laurie is pregnant with Doctor Manhattan’s atomic baby, which she and Dan will have to raise on their own. Oh, the trouble that kid gets in! It’ll be called Watchmen II: Honey, the Baby Blew Up New York.

Give it a try!

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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