For one reason or another, likely because everyone else and their mother is gushing about it, we haven’t posted anything on 300 director Zack Snyder’s much anticipated upcoming film Watchmen.
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel from Alan Moore (to this day the only graphic novel to have won a Hugo) the film stars a whole load of people that has me quite excited: Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode, (that’s quite the trio!) and Jackie Earle Haley among a load of others.
I had to read the wiki entry for the book to get a gist for what was going on because the trailer doesn’t give us non-fans much. What I can gleam from it all is that the story takes place in an alternative history United States in which “a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own.”
The comic is considered to be quite groundbreaking and I’ve read and enjoyed some of Moore’s other works (notably “V for Vendetta” and “Top Ten”) but this one has continued to elude me, mostly because it always seems to be sold out at my local comic haunt. I’m just not hardcore enough to order it or ask them to reserve me a copy.
Thanks to Devin at CHUD for the tip, the trailer is up over at Empire. It’s gorgeous, I give it that, but it’s also slightly mystifying. I have no idea what’s going on. I may have to break down and order that book after all.
Watchmen opens March 6, 2009.
If you prefer, you can also watch it right here: