For the longest time, Watchmen was comparable to the Lord of the Rings trilogy insofar that many thought neither could be filmed. Coincidentally enough, however, both managed to be pulled off in the decade prior to this. Sure, the big budget flick based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ hallowed graphic novel saw a few changes be made to its story by director Zack Snyder, but it more than retained the spirit of the source material.
Still, with Watchmen originally having been printed as a twelve-issue limited series, it’s only natural that 100% of the content not be included in the cinematic adaptation. However, such an ambitious undertaking would be possible with a television series, something that HBO just so happens to be cooking up.
At first, we thought that the Before Watchmen prequel comics would’ve been the natural choice for this endeavor, but all signs point toward the original serving as source material. Still, that hasn’t stopped some from wondering if any cast members from the 2009 film will show up.
In fact, Yahoo asked Patrick Wilson just that, but he doubts he’ll suit up as Nite Owl ever again:
“There’s never been one conversation. I’m sure they want to stay as far away from us as possible but I love Damon Lindeloff. I’m so excited to see what they will do. It was such a joy shooting that movie, I wanted there to be more of them. I’ve wanted to play Dan again. I certainly think we’re all more age appropriate now! I’d love to play [Dan] now but no there’s been no talk, I’m just a fan like you are.”
Of course, there’s no cause for panic here. The fact that HBO hasn’t reached out to Wilson is entirely understandable because it stands to reason that they’re searching for an all-new cast for the Watchmen reboot. If this had been Before Watchmen like we’d said previously, it’d be a different story, but that’s simply not the case and as such, it makes sense for Wilson not to be involved.
That being said, if HBO were to come calling, would you want to see the actor back in the role? Take to the comments section and let us know!