Before Watchmen Not Canon According To Dave Gibbons


We knew that Alan Moore dismissed the idea outright, but now Dave Gibbons is saying Before Watchmen is “really no canon” as far as he is concerned. No word from DC about the comments, but I’m sure they will beg to differ.

Gibbons, the artist on the original Watchmen with Moore, made his first real comments on the prequels outside of a press release by DC in with his name attached to add credence and show fans that it was OK to do Before Watchmen. Talking about his Madefire comic and his work in video games with GameCity Nights, Gibbons commented on the Watchmen prequels and the video game from a few years back. With a laugh, he described how much he was really involved with the project. It starts at around the hour and seven minute mark but his is the transcript for the important bit.

“It was a little bit out of my control, but they actually paid me quite a lot of money to be a consultant on it. I looked at two of the cut scenes and drew over a bit of artwork to show how I would draw it. That’s what they paid me… well, I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many thousand dollars for. But I was a distant consultant.

“I didn’t have a lot of input in it. To me anything to do with the movies – as far as I’m concerned, what Alan and I did was the Watchmen graphic novel and a couple of illustrations that came out at the same time. Everything else – the movie, the game, the [laugh] prequels – are really not canon. They’re subsidiary. They’re not really Watchmen. They’re just something different.

“So I was quite happy to say with the video game, yeah, I like that, and I don’t like that, and, that’s okay, because it wasn’t really anything that impinged on what we’d done creatively.”

If you have a spare hour and change, you can watch the chat in its entirety. I’m sure DC will say that Before Watchmen is an official prequel, but Gibbons is saying it was more about the paycheck. This may put the Watchmen fans at ease for good. The prequels have been hit and miss overall. The good ones are great and the bad ones are really bad. Our own Mr.ComicBook reviews the prequels regularly and you should check those out.

What do you think? Do you take Gibbons word as gospel, or do you think he’s just paying fan service?
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Source : Bleeding Cool