The Watchmen (our review) discussion is still in full swing and it seems like it will go on for at least a few more weeks (at least until the release of the next big summer film), fuelled if not by the movie itself, by added material from the “Watchmen” universe.
There have already been grumblings of a director’s cut of the film possibly getting a theatrical release but you don’t have to wait until July to get another fix. The novel’s incredible span is adequately covered by the film but a large part of material had to be left out completely while other bits didn’t make it past the cutting room floor but one of the most notable omissions is the comic-within-a-comic “Tales of the Black Freighter” that is peppered throughout the larger work and which parallels and punctuates some of the works major themes.
Not sure how this story could be well integrated into the film and now it doesn’t look like we’ll ever have to find out because rather than add it to the film, Snyder managed to convince the studio to give him funding for an animated adaptation of the pirate tale. The approximately 30 minute short film Tales of the Black Freighter, voiced by Gerard Butler, is scheduled for DVD release on March 24th but because you can’t sell a DVD on a 25 minute short, they’ve also produced Under the Hood, a live action and CG adaptation of Hollis Mason’s “Under the Hood” which outlines how the “hooded avengers” first came to be.
These extras are what I’d expect to see in a super shiny special edition release of the film but I can’t begrudge the production companies trying to make a little extra cash. Oh wait, yes I can! Shame on you I’m not buying it! That said, it looks like it could be a good watch.
Trailer is trucked under the seat!
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