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Old July 17 2008, 10:17 PM   #16
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How close to the source material are they staying? Has Alan Moore disowned this movie like he did with his other works?
The only film adaptation of his work that Moore has publicly endorsed is a fan production of his Doctor Who comic story, "Black Legacy."

Everything else, Moore has disowned.
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Old July 17 2008, 10:20 PM   #17
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Moore reportedly enjoyed one of his Superman stories adapted by the JLU cartoon.
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Old July 17 2008, 10:33 PM   #18
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I made a mistake I meant Dr. Manhanten not Ozymandis!!! Just saw the trailer and it does look outstanding! The visuals are fantastic, the costumes and CGI work look awesome. Can't wait to see this.
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Old July 17 2008, 10:38 PM   #19
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Looks interesting. I'm probably the only person in this thread that knows zip about Watchmen, other than it's very well-regarded, so here's some common-schmoe perspective how others unfamiliar with it might react to this trailer:

1. Looks like a self-consciously hip "rock video" take on the uber-popular comic book movie genre.

2. That guy with the Batman costume is an obvious Batman ripoff. Typical Hollywood, just cashing in on what's popular.

3. "Graphic novel" gimmee a break, fancy name for a comic book. Self-important.

4. The biggest attractions for the general audience will be the familiar superhero element and the Zach Snyder connection.

For me, the fact that so many people like this story, and that an amazing range of interesting actors are in it (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earl Hayley, Patrick Wilson, Matt Fewer) is more than enough to sell me on it. Actors of their caliber wouldn't sign on to some empty, brainless "comic book" movie. I'm really looking forward to this.
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Old July 17 2008, 10:40 PM   #20
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Re: Watchmen Trailer Online

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Has Alan Moore disowned this movie like he did with his other works?
Moore doesn't believe that Watchmen is filmable, and I'd be inclined to agree with him. He's gone so far as to arrange that all royalties owed to him instead go to Dave Gibbons, the artist, and that his name not be officially associated with the film.
I didn't think it was filmable until I saw those tremendously moving images.

Wow...real tears. Even if that's all we ever get it just adds to what we've already gotten.
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Old July 17 2008, 10:48 PM   #21
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Has Alan Moore disowned this movie like he did with his other works?
Moore doesn't believe that Watchmen is filmable, and I'd be inclined to agree with him. He's gone so far as to arrange that all royalties owed to him instead go to Dave Gibbons, the artist, and that his name not be officially associated with the film.
I didn't think it was filmable until I saw those tremendously moving images.
Wow...real tears. Even if that's all we ever get it just adds to what we've already gotten.
I didn't bother with any of the YouTube links, so I'll see it tonight at The Dark Knight. I don't have any faith in Snyder, however; I didn't care for Dawn of the Dead or 300. That said, I'd like nothing more than to be wrong; I'd absolutely love to see a worthy Watchmen film adaptation. I simply don't hold much hope that it's possible, considering how much Watchmen is about the medium of comics. My concerns are pretty much what Alan Moore has stated in the past.
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Old July 17 2008, 11:09 PM   #22
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I've only heard bits and pieces of what it's about, but I liked 300 A LOT and Snyder seems to have to have a good directing head on his shoulders so I'm going to see this no matter what.
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Old July 17 2008, 11:22 PM   #23
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http://www.gametrailers.com/player/u...ylist=featured

Bigger version

http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/07/...tely-stunning/

Another link to the trailer.

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Old July 17 2008, 11:24 PM   #24
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I'm just reading Watchmen for the first time. I'm about 5 chapters in, I keep meaning to read more, but I keep getting caught up in other things.
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Old July 17 2008, 11:29 PM   #25
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That Smashing Pumpkins tune used in the teaser is, if memory serves, "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning" ... which was written for Batman & Robin.
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Old July 17 2008, 11:36 PM   #26
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3. "Graphic novel" gimmee a break, fancy name for a comic book. Self-important.
It refers to the collected editions (which are technically trade paperbacks; graphic novels are all-original material; but those two terms are usually used interchangeably); and, sure, it's meant to avoid the connotations a lot of people assign to "comic book", ie, not to be taken seriously.

As to the trailer, looks pretty good. I really like the rendering of Doctor Manhattan; the ethereal blue glow isn't what I pictured based on the comic, but it makes a lot of sense.

The Batman-esque redesign of Nite Owl works pretty well, I think.
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Old July 17 2008, 11:54 PM   #27
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Yes I thought Nite-Owl's Batman-esque design works very well...the shot of the Owl ship coming out of the water was awesome. Same deal with the structure that Dr. Manhattan builds on Mars with Laurie there. Those shots are wicked.
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Old July 18 2008, 12:10 AM   #28
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Wow--Pretty much everything I saw was indentifiable as a scene from the comic. Still cautiously optimistic, in spite of the couple of "sculpted muscle" costumes (which will be very anachronistic if this is a period piece as it appears to be).

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1. Looks like a self-consciously hip "rock video" take on the uber-popular comic book movie genre.
Well, the trailer basically is a music video, as many are these days. Doesn't mean the movie will play that way.

2. That guy with the Batman costume is an obvious Batman ripoff. Typical Hollywood, just cashing in on what's popular.
The original comics characters were deliberately derivative, but of the Charlton heroes of the '60s. Nite Owl is supposed to be the Silver Age Blue Beetle, although his look and gadgetry also gave him something of a Silver Age Batman vibe.

For me, the fact that so many people like this story, and that an amazing range of interesting actors are in it (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earl Hayley, Patrick Wilson, Matt Fewer) is more than enough to sell me on it. Actors of their caliber wouldn't sign on to some empty, brainless "comic book" movie. I'm really looking forward to this.
Do yourself a favor and pick up the trade paperback first. The book won't spoil you on the movie...the movie will spoil you on the book. No matter how good this film is, the best way to experience this story is in its original format.
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Old July 18 2008, 12:14 AM   #29
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What a great trailer and it looks perfect. Impressive, most impressive.
I wonder how the regular public will react, will they think it as a rip-off or a copy of other superheros since they are unfamiliar with the characters. Either way, it will be seen by many people, but if the ending if faithful, will piss off a lot of people too stupid to understand it. And that is a good thing.
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Old July 18 2008, 12:25 AM   #30
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This is making me actually consider splurging for Absolute Watchmen since I don't own any Watchmen trades yet.
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