Watchmen’s Malin Ackerman And Jeffrey Dean Morgan Are Down To Reprise Their Roles
Zack Snyder’s Watchmen is an interesting film. While it doesn’t hold together particularly well as a narrative, it’s full of striking images, is shot beautifully and contains several excellent performances. Obvious highlights are Jackie Earle Haley’s Rorschach, the opening credits and the incredible Dr. Manhattan origin scene, soundtracked to Philip Glass’ score from Koyaanisqatsi.
Now, in a slightly confusing development, Malin Ackerman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have indicated in an interview with CinemaBlend that they’d be up for returning to their roles as Silk Spectre and the Comedian:
Malin Akerman: Yeah, all of the people that we worked with, we’re still friends. I mean, it was… we spent a lot of time together. If anyone will have me as Silk Spectre again, I will do it, sand the latex outfit. Maybe we go cotton this time. [Laughs]
Morgan: I love playing The Comedian. I would never want to don the costume [again]. But I loved being The Comedian, yeah. […] I reflect fondly on the film. I love that movie. I think it was ahead of its time. I love the relationships that were formed making that movie. I love Zack. So all of making it was awesome.
It’s nice that they have fond memories of the film, but it’s not as if Watchmen ends in a way that screams ‘sequel.’ Most notably, it opens with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character being flung through a skyscraper window to his bloody death, the investigation of which kicks off the main plot. Then again, Alan Moore’s tightly self-contained story hasn’t stopped DC Comics from milking the cow until the udders bleed with their godawful Before Watchmen prequel comics.
On top of that, they’re currently trying their best to weave the characters into the wider DC Universe with Doomsday Clock, which will finally answer the age-old question of whether Superman could beat up Dr. Manhattan. If that goes well, then perhaps we could soon see the moribund DCEU being given a shot in the arm courtesy of a certain floppy blue space-dong?
Still, the next time we’ll see the Watchmen characters on screen will be in HBO’s TV adaptation, currently undergoing development at the hands of Lost‘s Damon Lindelof. While their take is sure to be interesting, it’s extremely unlikely that they’ll cast any of the actors from the movie in it.
So, while it’s nice to hear that Ackerman and Morgan would return to this world, I don’t think they’re going to be troubled by the prospect of latex anytime soon.