May 02, 2012 11:36 AM EST

Is There A Watchmen Prequel In The Works?

Is There A Watchmen Prequel In The Works?
Watchmen fans can debate all they want about DC's plans for the "Watchmen" prequel, "Before Watchmen."  While some may be for it, and others against it, there is undeniable interest in the project, which reports say will include seven different miniseries starring popular characters from Rorschach to Doctor Manhattan (Billy Crudup).  Jackie Earle Haley (2006's Little Women and All the King's Men ) was asked what he thinks about this new perspective on classic characters.

"They're working on a new book right?  I don't know that they'd ever make a movie from that.  I haven't even really thought about that."  When asked if he'd be game for re-visiting the character during the press day for his latest film,  "Dark Shadows", Haley said "I just kind of heard about that.  I'd certainly love to read that book and see what they did."  Haley went on to comment that while he very much enjoyed getting into the strange and wonderful headspace of Rorshach, he  doesn't necessarily need to revisit him right away.  "What was funny about Rorshach is that his head space sort  of started to invade mine; that guy sorta stuck with me for awhile and I had to shake him off," Haley said. "But he was a real interesting cat to play."  Other cast members from "Watchmen"  have also weighed in on the subject.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmens' Edward Blake) has said he finds the concept a "tricky" one, while Matthew Goode (who plays Ozymandiashas) expressed excitement in learning more about that omniscient big shot.

Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Dawn Of The Dead), Watchmen (2009), is film that takes place in an alternate 1985, featuring the glory days of costumed vigilantes that have been brought to a close by a government crackdown. After one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The heroes reunite and set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a plot that proves to be more dark and sinister than ever.
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