WATCHMEN: Animated 2-Part Movie Gets Exciting Release Update; Will Feature CG Animation Style

WATCHMEN: Animated 2-Part Movie Gets Exciting Release Update; Will Feature CG Animation Style

We finally have news on Warner Bros. Animation's plans for Watchmen, including an updated release schedule for the two-parter and details on its animation style. Find out more about the movie right here...

By JoshWilding - Jun 13, 2024 06:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Watchmen

During last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Animation announced plans for adaptations of Crisis on Infinite Earths and Watchmen

We've had two instalments of the three-part Crisis so far and both have proven to be largely disappointing. With DC Studios looking to tell stories across live-action and animation (Creature Commandos is set to bow this December), those direct-to-DVD movies run the risk of concluding on a sour note thanks to the upcoming Part Three

On the plus side, though, we still have Watchmen to look forward to. The iconic graphic novel was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, with Zack Snyder bringing it to theaters in a live-action 2008 movie (which controversially did away with the squid).

Since then, we've had Damon Lindelof's sequel series on HBO which received widespread critical acclaim.  

As for this project, a panel at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market saw Warner Bros. Animation confirm it will be a CG-animated two-part movie. The first half drops this year, with the second heading our way in 2025. 

Interestingly, it's described as a "leap forward for our DC Cinematic Animation," with those lucky enough to have seen an early trailer describing it as "very vibrant."

As we write this, there's still no official word on a creative team or voice cast. It's previously been reported that the first part could be released on August 13 but, you guessed it, that too is unconfirmed. 

Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 and explores a world where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, altering historical events, including the Vietnam War and the presidency of Richard Nixon.

The narrative centres on the investigation of the murder of a former hero, The Comedian, led by the masked vigilante Rorschach. As he delves deeper, he uncovers a complex conspiracy involving his fellow heroes: the detached Dr. Manhattan, the idealistic Nite Owl, the pragmatic Silk Spectre, and the brilliant but morally ambiguous Ozymandias.

Watchmen deconstructs the superhero genre, presenting its characters as flawed, deeply human individuals grappling with personal and societal issues. Themes of power, morality, and the nature of heroism are explored against a backdrop of Cold War tensions and impending nuclear apocalypse. It's rightly considered one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. 

Only time will tell how this animated adaptation turns out, though we're hoping for a version which is faithful to the source material both in terms of plot and visuals. 

Stay tuned for updates on Watchmen as we have them.

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tmp3
tmp3 - 6/13/2024, 6:58 AM
The HBO show kind of feels like the only time they ever made a successful expansion of this world. Happy the animation for this one won’t be as stiff as Crisis at least, but not expecting great things from this one all things considered
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/13/2024, 7:13 AM
@tmp3 - HBO should’ve been the ones behind this adaptation as well, on some Spawn type of shit
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/13/2024, 7:24 AM
@tmp3 - I feel like it didn't need an expansion. Snyder's movie was enough imo. But the Lindelof series did do some great work, but I was happy for it to end there. May Check it out though.
soberchimera
soberchimera - 6/13/2024, 1:08 PM
@tmp3 - Really? The Snyder film was pretty well received by fans, it was just a B.O. bomb. I didn't care for Lindelof's big budget fan fiction show at all.
tmp3
tmp3 - 6/13/2024, 4:17 PM
@FireandBlood - An HBO animated adaptation of Watchmen would make me CUM. [frick].
RolandD
RolandD - 6/13/2024, 5:36 PM
@tmp3 - You have a very weird sex life.
Origame
Origame - 6/13/2024, 7:06 AM
Wait, both crisis stories were disappointing? Look, I only saw the first, but it was actually pretty good. A nice little flash movie where it works in his entire life story up to saving the multiverse as an old man.
WruceBayne
WruceBayne - 6/13/2024, 9:42 AM
@Origame - I haven’t seen the second one yet but I heard it’s pretty bad and it very largely focuses on Psycho Pirate and his origins and motivations .
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/13/2024, 11:36 AM
@WruceBayne - Psycho Pirate was a major part in the comic book version of Crisis On Infinite Earths.
WruceBayne
WruceBayne - 6/13/2024, 12:55 PM
@marvel72 - I never read it but i do understand(through broad explanations from friends) that he was pivotal in the comics.
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/13/2024, 2:17 PM
@WruceBayne - You read it my man, it's fantastic, I actually prefer it to Secret Wars which came out roughly the same time.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/13/2024, 2:20 PM
@Origame - yeah it kinda just didn't get better
Origame
Origame - 6/13/2024, 3:07 PM
@McMurdo - hey what happened to you earlier. I saw someone comment to you but you weren't there.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/13/2024, 4:21 PM
@Origame - what was it about? I deleted a comment about acolyte cuz I missed the article from days ago apparently and was requesting one here. @fireandblood made me aware I missed it so I deleted the request lol
Origame
Origame - 6/13/2024, 4:25 PM
@McMurdo - oh I was talking about the comment you made to harryba11zack. I just saw his first comment, then him replying to you about him being able to see your comment.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/13/2024, 4:27 PM
@Origame - ohhh my posts weren't showing up randomly so I asked Harry if he could see and he said he could. Weird post bug here sometimes. I'm safe! Lol
Origame
Origame - 6/13/2024, 4:30 PM
@McMurdo - must happen when you say common sense things like there are no African people in Norse mythology.
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/13/2024, 4:32 PM
@Origame - lol that'll get you a strike round these parts!
Origame
Origame - 6/13/2024, 4:50 PM
@McMurdo - literally did for me, though the dude had to pester me until I eventually called him an a hole out of anger first. Nate even told both of us to back off but he just couldn't.
RolandD
RolandD - 6/13/2024, 5:41 PM
@marvel72 - There’s no comparison between Crisis and Secret Wars. Wolfman and Perez were on fire and the overall purpose of the narrative made a difference and was not just being done to sell toys. The only exciting thing to come out of Secret Wars was Spidey’s new costume and we all know how well that worked out for him.
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 6/13/2024, 7:14 AM
No matter what you think about Snyder, his Watchmen film is one of the top 7 or so Superhero films ever. Sadly, it was about 10 years ahead of its time (so was V For Vendetta).

We obviously don't have hardly any info on this animated rendition so I'm gonna stay in the "just wait and see mode" on it at this time.
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 6/13/2024, 7:58 AM
@lazlodaytona - I said it then and I'll say it now: It was the best possible film adaptation of a comic book that should NEVER have been adapted for film.
Beer85
Beer85 - 6/13/2024, 7:20 AM
That HBO show was like running while taking a s*it.
Doomsday8888
Doomsday8888 - 6/13/2024, 8:20 AM
Fingers crossed, could be something special, hopefully it'll have its own identity like Snyder's movie.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/13/2024, 8:36 AM
I hope it follows the motion comic, which was perfect. It just needed a female voice actor, other than that, it was amazing and exactly what the film should have been.
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 6/13/2024, 8:54 AM
Better not be like that garbage infinite crisis trilogy where the art style looks like sh1t and they have the budget of one animated film and stretched it out to 3.
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