Is John Cena Heading to HBO's 'Watchmen'?


Is John Cena Heading to HBO's 'Watchmen'?


The WWE star has taken to Instagram to post a pair of ‘Watchmen'-related photos, sparking speculation that he may have been tapped to star on the planned TV series.
Is John Cena teasing a role on upcoming TV adaptation of "Watchmen"? The WWE star has taken to his Instagram account to share a photo which leads people to think that he may have been tapped to play a role on the upcoming series, which is currently being developed on HBO.

The "Trainwreck" actor shares a piece of fan art depicting one of "Watchmen" characters, Doctor Manhattan. Keeping the mystery alive, the 40-year-old wrestler left the photo with no caption.

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While it remains to be seen if Cena is set to star on the series based on the DC seminal graphic novel by Alan Moore, fans are already excited with the idea of him playing Jon Osterman a.k.a. Doctor Manhattan. The character possesses god-like powers that include superhuman strength, telekinesis, the ability to teleport himself or others over planetary and interplanetary distances after being involved in a nuclear physics-related accident. "Yooooo he finna play doctor Manhattan yo!! YEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO," an overjoyed fan writes. Similarly, another fan comments, "If you end up playing Dr Manhattan for some reason I will be genuinely excited."

However, it seems like some are not thrilled with the idea. Comments such as "hey buddy let's not," "DONT YOU F***ING DARE" and "Don't do it" are easily found in the comment section as several fans voice their opinion against Cena playing the character.

Cena is known for posting a lot of random photos on the photo-sharing site. In fact, it's not the first time for him to share a "Watchmen"-related photo. Last month, the athlete posted one of The Comedian's blood-stained smiley face button. Again, he left the November post captionless.

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Cena's upcoming project is an animated flick titled "Ferdinand", which is slated to arrive in U.S. theaters on December 15. The wrestler's credits include "Fred: The Movie", "American Grit" and "Sisters".

As for "Watchmen", the graphic novel was previously adapted into a feature film with Zack Snyder directing. The 2009 movie starred Malin Akerman, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Billy Crudup.

The new take on the franchise hails from Damon Lindelof ("The Leftovers"). "From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write," Lindelof previously spoke of Snyder's version. "It's the most married-to-the-original-text version of 'Watchmen' that could've been made. I want to keep it sort of insular. It's OK with me if people don’t understand it because they don't deserve to understand it."


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