Watchmen (Movie)

The Watchmen graphic novel has received critical acclaim both in the comics and mainstream press, and is regarded as a seminal text of the comic book medium.1

In just 10 days, the movie adaptation of this tumultuous alternate reality comes to movie theatres around the United States.

Last year, a number of comic based movies were released… and after The Dark Knight won two Oscars this past weekend, it’s becoming very evident that (with quality directing and vision) even comic book movies can now be worthy of critical acclaim be considered “art.”

Watchmen has every opportunity to be 2009’s Dark Knight.  The movie appears to make no concessions with it’s original story and style.  It’s a more mature graphic novel than your traditional Marvel and D.C. comics, and the great minds behind the movie adaptation rightfully stuck with this image (rather than compromising the mature content to try and appeal to the masses with a PG-13 rating).

The director (and ultimate source of success or failure for a movie such as this) is none other than Zack Snyder (pictured right).  He is the same director that was responsible for the revolutionary movie 300 (2006) as well as the remake of Dawn of the Dead (2004).  If ever there was a director that could portray the graphic nature of Watchmen, Snyder is it.

The Jury is still out as to exactly how successful the movie will be when it releases in little over a week’s time, but at first glance it appears that all the pieces are in place Watchmen to be an outstanding piece of motion picture art.

If you haven’t heard about Watchmen, check out a quick summary of the storyline and the theatrical trailer (below):

Watchmen takes place in an alternate history United States where the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most costumed superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement and eventually leads them to confront a plot by one of their own to stave off nuclear war by killing millions of innocent people.1


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