Roberto Patino, the creator of the HBO Max DMZ dystopian miniseries, says the comic book world gives him “a lot of stories to tell.”
Showrunner Roberto Patino says there are many stories for one DMZ season 2 in the future. DMZ is a dystopian television miniseries airing on HBO Max based on the Vertigo comic book series of the same name. Created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli, the DMZ the comics are set in a desolate Manhattan that became a demilitarized zone (or DMZ) during the Second American Civil War. The four episodes of DMZ premiering on HBO Max on March 17.
Although Patino was inspired by the comic book series, DMZ tells an original story set in the world of Brook and Burchielli. Rosario Dawson stars as Alma “Zee” Ortega, a nurse who entered the DMZ eight years ago to find her son and instead becomes a beacon of hope for the people of Manhattan. The miniseries also stars Benjamin Bratt as Parco Delgado, Zee’s ex and the leader of the Spanish Harlem Kings, Freddy Miyares as Skel, Parco’s assassin, Hoon Lee as Wilson Lin, the head of Chinatown who knew Zee before the war, and Jordan Preston Carter. as Odi, an orphan child who befriends Zee. Ava Duvernay (When they see us) and Ernest Dickinson (Thread) are the directors of the miniseries.
In a recent interview, Roberto Patino shared his thoughts on DMZthe story and whether it could lead to a DMZ season 2. Patino says Cold blood that there is absolutely a chance for future seasons taking place in the DMZ. The miniseries showrunner explained that because the world of comics is so vast, there are a lot of amazing characters to explore, and the miniseries format is perfect for exploring them. Read Patino’s full thoughts on future seasons below:
“There is absolutely room for expansion. I’ve had passing conversations about [how] the DMZ is a huge world. It’s a world that either relies on self-claiming or reinventing itself, which means it’s full of incredible characters. I think, in any case, the limited series is kind of a four-hour cinematic experience, it’s the right format for any of these other stories and I have a lot of stories to tell about the DMZ. The answer is “absolutely”. There is the chance to continue to live in the DMZ.”
While the HBO Max miniseries doesn’t literally adapt storylines from the comics, DMZ stays true to the themes of the comic book series that inspired it. Nowhere is this truer than in Zee’s characterization. In the comics, Zee is the love interest and moral compass of protagonist Matthew Roth, but while Patino’s adaptation omits Matthew and expands Zee’s story, she remains the moral heart of the DMZ. Based on his response to the interview, Patino could potentially give other characters the same treatment he gave Zee for future seasons. DMZ could explore the stories of different characters and their roles within Manhattan’s tenuous community.
While Patino teases future seasons shows the showrunner’s desire to continue the series, there has been no official word from Patino or HBO on DMZ season 2. Patino’s lyrics seem like a positive indicator that the series will continue, but with mixed reviews and being marketed as a miniseries, its status is still up in the air. Still, HBO Max has yet to cancel DMZ, so fans can hold out hope that Patino gets his chance to continue the series.
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