WATCHMEN Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan Interested In Playing Comedian Again

The actor, who played The Comedian in Zack Snyder's 2009 film adaptation of Alan Moore's twelve-issue mini-series, Watchmen, has expressed interest in returning to the role, and would like co-creator Dave Gibbons involved.

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By nailbiter111 - 2/25/2012


DC Comics recently announced that they will creating prequels to Alan Moore's "Watchmen," and neither Alan or Dave Gibbons will be involved. The prequels are currently known as "Before Watchmen."

The news of the prequels has been met with quite a bit of negativity from comic book community. They believe Alan Moore's twelve-issue series is a masterpiece and to add anything more without Moore's involvement is Sacrilege.

IFC caught up with Jeffrey Dean Morgan at the Spirit Awards Saturday night and asked him if he had any interest in returning to the role of The Comedian.

"It would have to be the right people involved. I would like Dave Gibbons, the creator of the [comic], to be behind it. I'd love to work with Zack again. But we always said when we did 'Watchmen' it was a one off. There's no way there can be a prequel so I don't know. It makes me nervous that they're even talking about it."

That being said, it seems as though this is the only way fans would be able to see Morgan as the Comedian again as he died in the first film. Since he played the Comedian in a variety of eras in 'Watchmen,' Morgan agreed that it would make sense for him to return to the role in a prequel.

"If there was a way [Warner Bros] could squeeze a movie out of it they'd probably try to find a way. I don't know honestly if they'd recast but since I play the Comedian from 18 to his demise at 60 I guess I would fit in there somewhere."




The Comedian is Edward Morgan Blake. The Comedian was based on the Charlton Comics character Peacemaker, with elements of the Marvel Comics spy character Nick Fury added. Moore and Gibbons saw The Comedian as "a kind of Gordon Liddy character, only a much bigger, tougher guy".[2] Gibbons went with a Groucho Marx-style appearance (mustache and cigar) for the Comedian in his design, deciding that the "clown" look had already been appropriated by the DC Comics supervillain the Joker.[3] His costume itself was noted by Gibbons as being particularly problematic; he was initially designed with a more militaristic costume which was later dropped for a black leather outfit with a "rapist mask".[3] He believes that humans are savage in nature, and that civilization can never be more than an idea. He therefore chooses to become a mockery of society, fighting and killing without reservation.

Blake's murder, which takes place shortly before the story begins in 1985, sets the plot of Watchmen in motion. The character appears throughout the story in flashbacks and aspects of his personality are revealed by other characters.[4] Richard Reynolds described The Comedian as "ruthless, cynical, and nihilistic, and yet capable of deeper insights than the others into the role of the costumed hero".[4] Nicholas Michael Grant said the Comedian is "the only character in the Watchmen universe who is almost totally unlikeable."[5]



Source: IFC
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groundrunner15 - 2/25/2012, 9:29 PM
I thought he did a fantastic job.
Jolt17 - 2/25/2012, 9:36 PM
He's nearly perfect for the role in my opinion, but I'm not sure at all if a movie based on the Watchmen prequels should be made.
santoanderson - 2/25/2012, 9:45 PM
Has anyone ever made a really good prequel? There've been a couple alright ones, and three really bad ones... I just can't remember seeing a prequel that totally knocked my socks off.
JorEl77 - 2/25/2012, 9:49 PM
They should do the Watchmen prequels as tv shows on maybe HBO or something.Kurt Sutter,the creator of the show Sons of Anarchy said he would love to turn the Rorschack prequels into a show.It would probably be pretty badass.But if they only run about 12 or 13 episodes a season,they could spread it out over a few years.One week it would be a Comedian episode,the next could be a Nite Owl episode,the next could be a Minutemen episode and so on.That would be a full season,and like I said,it could spread out over a few years.Instead of doing a 13 episode season of one character one year,and a different one the next,they could do it just like I said,so all the characters stay relevant at the same time.
deadpoolstaco - 2/25/2012, 10:12 PM
i like jeffrey dean morgan in this role so IF they made prequels i think he would be the guy for it
Ceejay - 2/25/2012, 10:42 PM
The Watchmen story has been told in the best comic book adaptation to grace the screen. I know they lost a lot of money because of their negligence to confirm they actually owned the distribution rights for the movie but to dilute this great art with foolhardy a-typical Hollywood nonsense like prequels, sequels and tv-show spin offs would be further disastrous because its SO NOT NECESSARY!
grynningguy - 2/25/2012, 11:07 PM
I just gotta say, for an actor to say he's surprised they're even talking about a prequel without the original writers involved: BRAVO!!!!!

As far as the actual prequel without original writers: BAD Idea!!! Might as well have a ridiculous prequel to Christopher Nolan's Batman and say he has NOTHING to do with it. Just doesn't sound right, nor is it smart.

I say that with respect. Disrespectful c**ks are NEVER cool.
marvelstudios - 2/25/2012, 11:39 PM
id only watch this if zack snyder directs it
INSTANTJUSTICE - 2/25/2012, 11:40 PM
Has anyone mentioned to these actors that the film flopped?
FAtypeofguy - 2/26/2012, 1:07 AM
i am tired of hearing all these stupid kids hating stuff before they can actually see them.....just give the prequels a chance and then you are free to hate them....ok it's not the original writers but it might turn out good who knows??....to have a solid opinion about something you need to experience it first.....but what can i say haters gonna hate everything the can't do themselves........
AlexDeLarge87 - 2/26/2012, 3:59 AM
He was one of the best characters in Watchmen.

I dont like the prequel idea thou. They better have a great [frick]ing story if they are going to make it.
BLACKTHORN - 2/26/2012, 5:40 AM
[frick] this asshole.
marvel72 - 2/26/2012, 6:35 AM
love watchmen its my favorite dc movie,but i'm against the prequel comics.

i don't know if i would watch the prequel movie.
Greggmcg - 2/26/2012, 6:57 AM
If ever there was a movie, comic, or book that didn't need prequels or sequels it was Watchmen.
TheMarvelWay - 2/26/2012, 7:35 AM
Bottom line is DC is making the prequel comics and there will be movies. What people need to ask before jumping on the "NO Prequels To Watchmen" bandwagon is: would the characters of Watchmen, be more entertaining to you than most of the MAJOR comic book characters we see from the BIG 2? I see characters that will be more interesting than Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Batgirl, Nightwing, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Dr. Strange, Thor and Green Lantern, just to name characters that have their own titles with the Marvel and DC. So if you want entertainment from comics, Watchmen prequels have the potential to give you more than what you've been getting.
BlazinTexan - 2/26/2012, 7:46 AM
Best CBM casting to date for me
Ranger14 - 2/26/2012, 7:49 AM
I liked JDM as Comedian. I have yet to see a prequel film I have liked. So, no thank you.
superbatspiderman - 2/26/2012, 9:03 AM
As long as Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Jackie Earl Haley are on board then I am in. They were the best things about the movie. Hopefully all the cast will return.
OnLeatherWings - 2/26/2012, 9:45 AM
please no prequel. i do kinda like the idea of a hbo mini series w/ Rorschach. but please no movie. for once WB listen to the fans
Scooby - 2/26/2012, 10:59 AM
Ryguy88 - 2/26/2012, 12:56 PM
I'm in no way against this. The movie was really good and no matter what happens with this franchise the original book will always remain the same. Letting a new version change your perception of the original is just ridiculous!

bgg1175, too true! I'm amazed that this wasn't done sooner. They are some of the best comic book characters ever created, plagiarized or not, and deserve more then single series that they were featured in. Why does Moore think he should be the only writer NOT to have his characters live beyond his pen? What an arrogant, hippie bum.
Optimus83 - 2/26/2012, 2:27 PM
Before Watchmen in Cinema ¡¡¡NOW!!!
INSTANTJUSTICE - 2/26/2012, 3:26 PM

"Bottom line is DC is making the prequel comics and there will be movies." bgg1175 - 2/26/2012, 7:35 AM

So even though 'Watchmen' barely broke even at the box-office you think they're going to make more films?

A film needs to make 3-4 times its original budget to be regarded as a sucess and confirm sequels. Anything less is considered a flop.
Jobu - 2/26/2012, 9:14 PM
JDM was great in the movie. If they must make a prequel he might as well take the money.
sotrue - 2/27/2012, 5:44 AM
i speak for every watchmen fan when i say watchmen is a masterpiece and any change/addition is sacrilege. i am so mad at dc for making new comics. the movie was a slap in the face to the loyal folowers of the great guru allan moore. i am so mad. i cannot think about this anymore i am so mad. plez do not mention more movies. they make me so mad. anyone who disagrees with me is wrong. there is no other way. watchmen is jenius and i sleep with a hulk doll. but i never rape it even tho the comedian is my roll model. i am so mad.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 2/27/2012, 12:57 PM
You can only speak for yourself. Some people like the film and like the book, some like the book but not the film. I like the book, not the film, but I don't care if someone likes both. It's only a piece of art, everything in its place.
sotrue - 2/27/2012, 3:45 PM
thats funny coming from a facist cop Instant "Justice". dream on.

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