The final issue of the DC/Watchmen crossover comic series, Doomsday Clock, may have only just been released. But the minds behind it already have an idea for a sequel. While speaking to CBR about the impact of the series, writer Geoff Johns revealed he and artist Gary Frank know where they could go next. Slight spoilers for Doomsday Clock #12 below.
That was always the ending, an ending filled with hope for tomorrow. And if Gary and I really dig deep — we have a kernel of an idea — but if we really have that developed, we’ll tell that story. It’s really up to people whether or not they want to see that story and if, like Doomsday Clock, we really have our stories formulated into something that we want to tell. Because we have ideas, but when we do it, I want to make sure we do it right and have the story that really matters to us in a personal way like Doomsday Clock did.”
Doomsday Clock #12 does leave room to revisit some of the story elements and characters later. Johns didn’t go on to say what that kernel of an idea is. But he did clarify that Doomsday Clock and the sequel idea wouldn’t lead to a massive crossover event.
This doesn’t lead into whatever the next event of the year is, it leads into much more than that; it kind of leads to everything else. Superman will continue on and his stories will continue on and they should, they need to. And one day humanity will be evolved to a place where maybe more of the world works as it should. But that’s for the next story.”
Doomsday Clock began in late 2017. 2016’s DC Rebirth #1 revealed that changes in continuity were the result of Dr. Manhattan’s tampering, which led to DC’s previous New 52 lineup. The series saw a slew of delays before it was able to wrap up this month finally. In that time, another DC comic revealed a huge change that would be the result of Doomsday Clock. HBO also released its own follow-up to Watchmen earlier this year, however, with no Batman or Superman.