I'm also not sure what motive would be given for Jon attacking the world. This isn't a "Day the Earth Stool Still" scenario where there's just the threat of global annihilation. This is as if a nuclear war had happened anyway. The death toll is way too catastrophic.
If a US militia group takes control of our nuclear arsenal and launches a first strike against targets all over the world including one major American city, it would still be viewed as our fault for A. Having that many nukes in the first place, and B. not having adequate measures in place to prevent such a thing from happening. Just because Dr. Manhattan blew up New York, too, it would still be America's fault for both creating him, and much more importantly, not being able to control him.
As far as the Professor Glass article. It is, I think intentionally, echoing a lot of real world thought regarding the inevitability of a nuclear exchange with Russia and how Reagan's Star Wars program was going to make those tensions worse (especially with the assertions in the article that Manhattan wouldn't be able to stop all the nukes. He's literally omnipotent and could turn all the plutonium and uranium on Earth into lead with a thought. Of course he could stop all the nukes.) And we all know that a nuclear exchange never happened. The point of the interstitial is that we know that this is something that Veidt has read, and it's informing his thought processes going forward.
Or I could be wrong. After all, Moore didn't extrapolate that in a world where the West is completely off oil (which it already is in the book) that the U.S. doesn't have any interests in the Middle East any more and wouldn't care enough about Russia invading Afghanistan to consider going to war over it. But I choose death of the author.
So nobody likes the squid particularly. But the Loose Cannon Dr M. has problems. But a manufactured external threat has even more resonance today than it did back then (as does the whole underground conspiracy scene). Isn't 'the squid is goofy' largely a part of a reservation about allowing comic book excess into the mainstream, for fear it will be embarrassing or rejected?
Seems like a big part of it to me, most of the time. Could be wrong, but there doesn't seem to be anything essentially wrong with it. In a post 'Asgardian Aliens in brightly coloured rainbow world with giants' movie culture I think that aspect seems less of a concern.
I was never that thrilled about it in the book. But that was mainly because they botched a certain amount of the set up. Aside from maybe the clue that something big is up with someone painting something weird looking (that and the plot itself, of course), we get a big one panel infodump about how there's telepaths and animal familiars now, by the way, and couple that with Veidt's animal and teleportation experiments and voila, Giant Giant Psionic Squid comes outa nowhere!
(a lot of that I think tells you a fair bit about where Moore was at at the time. Of course there's telepaths and sympathetics and you would create this creature with some sort of Galt's Gulch of psychedelic artistes! Of course! Just as going to the crime scene and dropping a lot of datura or whatever and seeing the truth that way isn't at all out of place in your 1984-ish dystopia. That's how police do stuff isn't it? It requires no explanation)
You do a better job setting that up, maybe even change what it is if you must (and maybe make it more than one squid. I don;t know), and I think the whole thing works fine.
The main reason the squid was dropped is probably not so much that it's goofy but because of the whole subplot about the island setting the squid up. Making it Doctor Manhattan streamlines the plot.
But a TV show could have the island subplot. So sure, get on with it.
I think one tricky element to the squid is the "human sensitive" angle. It's very briefly set up in a New Frontiersman article, but it's probably the strangest element to the plan, and it comes out of nowhere. At least with Bubastis, genetic engineering had been set up.
One thing I don't think anyone mentioned yet is that prequel Watchmen series than came out a few years back. That (unfortunately) could provide material for the new series.
Ugh... Lindeloff, like Snyder, just doesn't have the chops to translate on the screen what makes The Watchmen special. Alan Moore took a "shlocky" genre and made bona fide literature out of it. I have no such faith in Lindeloff.
Of course, I'll check it out like the sucker I am and I'll hope with all sincerity that I'm wrong....
Maybe 20 / 30 years ago. He's not middle aged anymore .. he's fucking old.
I'm a huge fan (my PSN ID is Dice Man), but it's over. He's a menacing, unstable person in real life - he's too much of a liability to cast for a real work, which is why he strives in bit parts for guys like Scorsese and Woody Allen where he's only on set a few days.