While appearing on BB6’s Paperback Writers to share his favorite music, comic book legend Alan Moore dished an interesting what-if about Terry Gilliam’s never-made Watchmen movie.

That casting tidbit was that David Bowie called Terry about playing the role of Rorschach, so in an alternative universe, there is a version that Bowie is playing Alan Moore’s hyper-violent take on Batman/the vigilante superhero.

MOORE: “I was just remarking that I did hear that when Terry Gilliam was supposed to be doing Watchmen, back in the 1980s. I remember he told me that he had a number of phone calls from David Bowie asking to play the Rorschach character.”

Gilliam is best known for being part of the Monty Python team then breaking out as a director making features such as Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, Fear and Loathing In Las Vagas, and 12 Monkeys.

Bowie didn’t really do a lot of movies in the 1980s as he was busy with his music, so having him pursue a role like that would have been a huge get. His film credits in that decade include Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Temptation of Christ, Labyrinth, The Hunger, Absolute Beginners, and Into The Night.

Zack Snyder would eventually make the big-screen version of Watchmen in 2009, which I would consider his best comic book adaptation to date, while I do think he could have put more of his own spin on the source material did a fantastic job in recreating the tone of the original graphic novel from Moore and artist Dave Gibbons.

I think many can also agree that Jackie Earle Haley’s performance in Watchmen as Rorschach was certainly a highlight of the film.

HBO is launching a new live-action Watchmen series which will begin airing on October 20th.


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