Watchmen has been one of DC Comics' seminal tales for over three decades. Exploring an alternate history where costumed vigilantes were eventually outlawed and the world was on the brink of nuclear war in 1985, the series deconstructed the superhero genre in a way that had never been done before and influenced numerous stories that followed in the years after. Watchmen hit a new level of popularity in recent years thanks to the live action movie adaptation, and last week, it was reported that Warner Bros is considering releasing an R-rated, direct-to-video animated Watchmen movie.

DC has had a lot of success with their animated movies over the last decade, and they just started delving into R-rated projects with Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League Dark. However, going down this path for Watchmen would be a terrible idea. Keep in mind that there's no official word yet on if an animated Watchmen movie is indeed in the works, but nevertheless, here are the main reasons DC should steer clear of adapting the Watchmen characters this way.

Live action Watchmen cast

The Live Action Movie Is Still Fresh In Minds

To some of you, it may seem like ages ago that Watchmen opened in theaters, but it hasn't even been a whole decade since the movie's release. Whether or not that's considered a "long time" will depend on the individual, but considering how often Zack Snyder's Watchmen is being discussed online (no surprise there given its polarizing reaction), clearly it's still fresh in a lot of people's minds. Why release an animated movie so soon afterwards? Especially when the live action movie managed to faithfully adapt so many elements from Alan Moore and David Gibbons' epic tale.

Okay, it'd be naive not to realize that money is a prime motivator here, but from a creative standpoint, DC would be better off letting Zack Snyder's Watchmen continue to simmer for many more years. There's a lot to be absorbed from it, and some of the performances feel like they were ripped straight from the printed page.

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