Superhero movies are big business, and you don't need to look any farther then this site to realize that people want to know about every possible sequel to any superhero film. But are they really considering a sequel to the not-yet-released Watchmen? Well, Patrick Wilson, who plays Nite Owl in the film, recently told MTV that he does, in fact, have a sequel clause in his contract for the film.
"It's all been talked about," laughed Wilson. "Financially, they like to do that. But all of us, [director] Zack [Snyder] included, all go, 'How on Earth could you do a sequel or prequel?'" Wilson went on to explain that such a clause is fairly standard in contracts for superhero films. These movies tend to make big money, and it's logical that the studio wants to know that if they turn the film into a franchise, that they can ensure the return of the talent from one film to the next.
So, despite the unlikelihood of a Watchmen sequel or prequel, would Wilson be interested in donning Nite Owl's costume again?
"Certainly, artistically, I can't fathom how it would happen," said Wilson. "But hey, if Alan Moore writes it, I'd love to read it."
Considering that Moore has publicly stated, on more than one occasion, that he finds the idea of a sequel (or a film adaptation!) to Watchmen repellant, and he isn't really on speaking terms with DC Comics and their parent company, Warner Brothers, that doesn't seem to be real likely.
Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America where costumed heroes are a part of the world's history, and the "Doomsday Clock", which measures the tension between the USA and the U.S.S.R. is constantly at five minutes to midnight. Rorschach, a vigilante who refused to retire when his teammates did, is drawn out by the murder of one of his colleagues, and pulled into a world-wide conspiracy with terrifying implications for the future of mankind.
Watchmen stars Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie, Carla Gugino and Matt Frewer. The film hits theatres March 10, 2009.