Watchmen 2 was a sequel meant to incorporate characters from the watchmex comic series. The original cast was set to return along with newcomers, Johnny Depp as Ben Kovacs and Hugo Weaving as Propaganda. Zack Snyder(who was never a fan of watchmex to begin with) was hesitant to return, feeling one film was enough. Nevertheless he remained on the project, feeling they could get a script that "payed homage to the original graphic novel." The project was greenlit only weeks before Watchmen reached theaters and cancled due to the film's lackbuster preformance at the box office.