chap22 wrote:i don't think it dilutes Killing Joke (another "comics classic" that is wildly overrated, btw), but it does make all those stories that followed it that are basically rip-offs/continuations/"oooh let's see if we can make Joker do something that much sicker" all the weaker by comparison simply b/c they are showing how unoriginal and uncreative they are.
but at the same time, some of those KJ2's were actually pretty good, so who the fuck cares? if somebody has a GOOD idea for a Watchmen prequel/sequel, then have at it. (i doubt they do, but...) like has been mentioned earlier, this idea of it as a sacred cow is crap and just feeds further into the egotism of The Beard.
Or not everything has to be a franchise.
It is ok to leave things alone sometimes. I bet Miller thought that sequel idea to DKR was good. And someone thought Highlander 2 was a good idea.
The very obvious driving force behind this is money (which I have nothing against), but let's not fool ourselves that this is some creative impetus.
I'd rather companies develop new and exciting stories and characters rather than just strip-mine everything for every dime they can squeeze out of it.