We’re currently two episodes deep in HBO’s Watchmen series (inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original graphic novel) and it seems like they could be the right place for other mature comic book material.
I love what they’re doing with Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen and I hope to see them tackle more complex comics in a similar vein.
There is another comic book from Dave Gibbons that I think might be a really good fit for HBO or even HBO Max as they’ll eventually seek new content for both television/streaming.
That would be the fantastic Martha Washington published by Dark Horse Comics (1990-2007), a collaboration between Gibbons and legendary comic book writer Frank Miller (Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, 300).
Our story begins in the squalid corridors of a maximum-security housing project, where a young girl will rise from the war-torn streets of Chicago to battle injustice in a world insane with corruption. She will be called a hero, a traitor, and nearly everything in between, but all along the way, her courage, her integrity, and her unwavering commitment to that most valuable of rights — liberty — will inspire a movement that will never surrender.
This wouldn’t be the only other comic book series in the works at HBO/HBO Max as it’s been recently announced that Vertigo’s DMZ, Green Lantern, and Strange Adventures are being adapted for the new streaming service.
Martha Washington would be like a combination of Band of Brothers/The Pacific meets season three of Westworld given the sci-fi/futuristic stuff along with the weird imagery.
I’d actually love to see both Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot (WarnerMedia recently landed Bad Robot) get involved as they’ve previously developed Lovecraft Country and Westworld for HBO respectively, the former series together.
Jordan Peele has a keen mind for the sociological horror with Get Out/Us and could be someone that can help bring in that perspective from the source material without being heavy-handed.
Bad Robot brings longstanding experience with world-building, production artists/designers, and special effects as seen with Westworld.
Another reasoning for the pairing has to do with who I’d like to see cast in the role of Martha, that being Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, Little Monsters).
The actress previously working with J.J on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker along with Jordan on the horror flick Us.
Looking at Lupita’s credits she is certainly a fan of genre projects and a limited-series could be a way to allow her to keep making movies.
There is a good shot that Bad Robot will be heading up multiple new television shows for HBO/HBO Max given the massive deal they made with WarnerMedia for $500 million.
Variety has also recently teased that J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot could get involved with superhero projects at Warner Bros. and HBO Max.
Other Frank Miller comic books I’d love to see adapted by HBO/HBO Max include sci-fi projects Ronin (film and series had been in the works) and Hard-Boiled (a feature film from director Ben Wheatley attached with Tom Hiddleston to star was once being developed).
Rebellion’s Judge Dredd: Mega-City One series is also looking for a home and HBO Max feels like the right place for it given their openness to mature shows.