Well, they’re doing it.
It has been reported in multiple sources, most notably Ain’t It Cool News, that David Hayter, co-writer of X-Men and X-Men 2, is going to direct a film adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen and John Cusak (known in my household as “The Great Cusak”) is attached to play Nite Owl. AICN’s Moriarty reviewed the script last year and said it had the potential to be “The Godfather of superhero movies.” Me? I am skeptical of the whole endeavor. I don’t think there’s a studio executive yet born that would put the millions upon millions required into a movie with that ending. If the ending is changed, the whole thing will be a monumental waste of time. But I am encouraged by the Cusak announcement if it turns out to be true. He’s one of the greatest actors of his generation (even if he does choose some crappy but well-paying roles), and Nite Owl is the emotional center of the story. Can we hope they’ll pull off the impossible?