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Trek_Girl42
July 26th, 2007, 12:08 PM
The cast has finally been announced for Watchmen:


Watchmen Cast Confirmed

Confirming weeks of Internet rumors and reports, The Hollywood Reporter said that Warner Brothers has settled on its cast for Zack Snyder's upcoming Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel.

Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Malin Akerman have been cast in the film, which Snyder (300) is directing. Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder are producing.

Set in an alternate America, Watchmen follows the costumed hero Rorschach, who is living a vigilante lifestyle because most masked heroes have retired or been outlawed. While investigating a murder, Rorschach learns that a former masked-hero colleague has been killed, prompting him to begin investigating a possible conspiracy.

Haley will play Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach, who ignores the ban on costumed vigilantes.

Crudup will play Dr. Manhattan, a superpowered being with godlike powers and temperament.

Akerman will play Laurie Juspeczyk/the Silk Spectre, who is involved with Dr. Manhattan. Their relationship begins to fall apart as he becomes more disconnected from humanity.

Goode will play Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, a costumed adventurer who retired voluntarily, disclosed his identity and built a large fortune. He hatches a plot to avert a global catastrophe he believes will be caused by Dr. Manhattan.

Wilson will play the Nite-Owl, a crime-fighter who uses technical wizardry and has an owl-shaped flying vehicle.

Morgan will play the Comedian, a cigar-chomping, gun-toting vigilante-turned-paramilitary agent.

Watchmen, created by Moore and Dave Gibbons, is one of the most critically acclaimed series in the genre.

Shooting is set to start in the fall in Vancouver, Canada, with Snyder employing many of the filming techniques he used for his box-office success 300.

So, what do you guys think? Can Snyder pull this one off? (I haven't seen any of his other work, so I've got no idea)

jds1982
July 26th, 2007, 09:33 PM
Wow didn't even know this was being made into a movie. I loved 300, but I'm not sure that a movie can really capture all that happens in The Watchmen. From what I remember it was a pretty complex piece of work.

Trek_Girl42
July 27th, 2007, 08:39 PM
Wow didn't even know this was being made into a movie. I loved 300, but I'm not sure that a movie can really capture all that happens in The Watchmen. From what I remember it was a pretty complex piece of work.
I know what you mean- I'll definitely see this movie, but will go in with low expectations hopeing the be surprised. The thing is, 300 was all action (I'm presuming, I haven't actually seen it yet), and there's really not a lot of action in Watchmen, so it'll be interesting to see how Snyder handles it.

As for more news.....

Snyder Confirms Watchmen News

Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming film version of Alan Moore's Watchmen, told fans that the movie will aim for an R rating and confirmed previous casting news in a panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 27. Snyder also unveiled the first image of the movie's poster, featuring a fist smashing the face of President Nixon, along with the iconic image of the smiley face in the style of the graphic novel's cover.

Snyder confirmed the casting of Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan), Patrick Wilson (Night Owl) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian) in the iconic roles of from the seminal superhero graphic novel. "The cast is basically perfect in the sense that we have real actors," Snyder told an audience of more than 6,000 at the San Diego Convention Center. As for the R rating, Snyder (300) said, "We're not going to make it accessible to teeny boppers [just] for marketing reasons."

Snyder added that the film will not be set in the present day and joked that he was disappointed the movie would not actually shoot a key scene on Mars because of budget concerns. He also confirmed that had spoken at one point to Keanu Reeves about the project (he passed).

As for the film's storyline, Snyder said: "Pretty much everyone's backstory is going to be in the movie." Watchmen is slated for release on March 6, 2009. —Gordon Holmes

cheese
July 30th, 2007, 03:08 AM
The idea of a Watchmen movie is very exciting. The cast isn't. Its a shame they couldn't grab a big name to help the movie appeal to mainstream audiences. A 2009 release date seems a bit excessive, they must be planning a hell of a lot of CGI.

Action wise I think for a movie to work another action scene will have to be put in, or one of the more actiony scenes in the graphic novel enhanced a little. Without it the movie might struggle to pull in the crowds.

Phantom Limb
July 30th, 2007, 12:43 PM
will be great to see it on screen thats for sure.
but i do wonder how all that information and plot will fit into a two hour movie, also it would be interesting to know what alan moore thinks about this since he has hated every other cinematic adaptation of his work to date, he even pulled his name off of v for vendetta i think!

Trek_Girl42
July 30th, 2007, 12:51 PM
will be great to see it on screen thats for sure.
but i do wonder how all that information and plot will fit into a two hour movie, also it would be interesting to know what alan moore thinks about this since he has hated every other cinematic adaptation of his work to date, he even pulled his name off of v for vendetta i think!
I just hope that they make it 2.5-3 hours and stay as loyal to the source material as possible. There's no other way it could work. Plus it's not the kind of movie where they have to worry over length for kids getting up for the bathroom like the Harry Potter films so they can make it long. And I don't want them shoving a bunch of useless action in there to make a flashy trailer.

And no.....Alan Moore is not approving of films made from his work. He didn't like V for Vendetta (which I thought was fantastic) and he has never been happy about the prospect of a Watchmen film.

Phantom Limb
July 30th, 2007, 01:18 PM
I just hope that they make it 2.5-3 hours and stay as loyal to the source material as possible. There's no other way it could work. Plus it's not the kind of movie where they have to worry over length for kids getting up for the bathroom like the Harry Potter films so they can make it long. And I don't want them shoving a bunch of useless action in there to make a flashy trailer.

And no.....Alan Moore is not approving of films made from his work. He didn't like V for Vendetta (which I thought was fantastic) and he has never been happy about the prospect of a Watchmen film.

you really havent seen any of snyders work have you? lol
i think my main worry is that were gonna lose all of the little things, sub-plots and the like.
i still havent seen v for vendetta its definitely on my to-be-watched-soon list tho.

still it sounds at the moment like there going down the right path and i guess it has to be an R rating anyway because of Doc Manhattens nudity, just not sure how the ending will pay off on screen and not look completely ridiculous.


by that i mean ozymandias teleporting the giant tentacled genetic creature thing into new york, unless they change its design i think it would be too b-movie-ish and look quite silly, might remove people too much from the moment because its a pretty important part of the story, lol

Trek_Girl42
July 30th, 2007, 02:10 PM
you really havent seen any of snyders work have you? lol
i think my main worry is that were gonna lose all of the little things, sub-plots and the like.
i still havent seen v for vendetta its definitely on my to-be-watched-soon list tho.

No I haven't seen any of Snyder's work. :P But yeah, I know he likes the action/violence, which was my first thought when it was announced that he was directing, butttt..... We'll just have to wait and see. ;)

AvatarIII
February 20th, 2008, 04:13 AM
I Love "Watchmen"
it is my favourite Graphic Novel, and it is soon to be a Film from the Director of 300 so i thought i'd start this up to talk about the Book, and anticipate the Movie.

Night Marshal
February 20th, 2008, 04:37 PM
I personally think its a bit over played. Sure its longer and more detailed that most graphic novels but to be honest I never really got connected to any of the characters that might be fair to it but it is but it is what it is. As for for not liking the characters I can only assume putting them into a movie is only going to lessen those few things I liked about the Graphic novel. So, I'm taking a wait and see approach.

AvatarIII
February 21st, 2008, 01:26 AM
that's fair enough, but i felt that the point was the characters are unlikable,
Rorschach is messed up
Ozymandias is full of himself
Dr. Manhattan doesn't care about anything
Silk Spectre is just fickle, annoyingly so
Nite Owl is a bit of an annoying loser but still probably the most likable character,

the story has a lot of depth though

AvatarIII
March 31st, 2008, 01:54 AM
http://rss.warnerbros.com/watchmen/
OMG OMG

Angela V
April 6th, 2008, 11:04 AM
I picked up "Watchmen" will looking through the comics recently at my library. Just started it and had no idea there was going to be a movie made about it. Glad I get to read it first though. :)

Promethius30
April 7th, 2008, 11:53 AM
i have never seen the novel. i will be watching it because i think David Heyter did the screenplay

AvatarIII
April 8th, 2008, 04:14 AM
i have never seen the novel. i will be watching it because i think David Heyter did the screenplay

David Hayter and Alex Tse, who hasnt dont much before

Angela V
April 11th, 2008, 10:53 PM
Finished it. Has to go back to the library since there's many others waiting to read it. I checked out the movie. Ended up finding out that Alan Moore just doesn't like anyone making movies from his stuff. Though he seemed to get shafted by Marvel and DC too over the years. I do have to wonder if we'll be seeing a naked blue guy on the big screen :D

My local library seems to have many of his works. I'm getting V for Vendetta next.

Trek_Girl42
April 11th, 2008, 11:18 PM
Finished it. Has to go back to the library since there's many others waiting to read it. I checked out the movie. Ended up finding out that Alan Moore just doesn't like anyone making movies from his stuff. Though he seemed to get shafted by Marvel and DC too over the years. I do have to wonder if we'll be seeing a naked blue guy on the big screen :D

My local library seems to have many of his works. I'm getting V for Vendetta next.Ahhh, the library. That's how I started reading Alan Moore (and graphics novels in general) as well.....and then I absolutely had to buy my own copy Watchmen after reading it (and then I had to borrow the giant-size version from the library anyway when they bought that.....). And then I bought V for Vendetta. Which I didn't read right away because I wanted to movie completely out of my mind before I read it.....and now still haven't read it. Must do soon. :P

The only other movie adaption of his work that I've seen is "From Hell", which wasn't a bad movie. But I have no idea how it compares to the original source material, as I have not read it.

I've been wondering that about Doctor Manhattan myself..... :P

But I don't want to know anything about this movie ahead of time. I just want to sit down in the theater and be surprised. And if it's good, it's good. If it's not I've wasted $10 and I'll just go back to the graphic novel. A bad adaption doesn't change how I read a book. ;)

Anyway, I'd say Watchmen is my second favourite graphic novel.....after Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series.

AvatarIII
April 14th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Ahhh, the library. That's how I started reading Alan Moore (and graphics novels in general) as well.....and then I absolutely had to buy my own copy Watchmen after reading it (and then I had to borrow the giant-size version from the library anyway when they bought that.....). And then I bought V for Vendetta. Which I didn't read right away because I wanted to movie completely out of my mind before I read it.....and now still haven't read it. Must do soon. :P

The only other movie adaption of his work that I've seen is "From Hell", which wasn't a bad movie. But I have no idea how it compares to the original source material, as I have not read it.

I've been wondering that about Doctor Manhattan myself..... :P

But I don't want to know anything about this movie ahead of time. I just want to sit down in the theater and be surprised. And if it's good, it's good. If it's not I've wasted $10 and I'll just go back to the graphic novel. A bad adaption doesn't change how I read a book. ;)

Anyway, I'd say Watchmen is my second favourite graphic novel.....after Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" series.

i'm sure doc manhattan will just wear those briefs he wears in the book all the time,

Kebab Gud
July 17th, 2008, 12:30 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A-rI7TTz2k

Awesome!

NEw link!
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1670081657

Lady Snow
July 17th, 2008, 01:40 PM
Not anymore.

(But having seen it earlier in the day, I can agree with the OMGAWESOME sentiment. Entirely.)

Trek_Girl42
July 17th, 2008, 05:49 PM
NONONONONONONONONONO!!!!! I missed it. Why would they take down a trailer? That's kinda like shooting yourself in the foot isn't it?

s09119
July 17th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSrgvJ2JyHs

Trek_Girl42
July 17th, 2008, 07:51 PM
Oh my god. This kinda looks like it'll rock. :eek::D

Sp!der
July 18th, 2008, 07:35 AM
Watchmen, was it alan moore or frank miller?..

Lady Snow
July 18th, 2008, 09:40 AM
Alan Moore (and Dave Gibbons).

ToasterOnFire
July 18th, 2008, 09:45 AM
I'm excited, but I'm not really sure how the graphic novel will be interpreted onto the big screen. It's pretty complex and discombobulated.

Kezia
July 18th, 2008, 06:56 PM
I just saw this trailer on the big screen and it was effing EPIC. And Zack Snyder's directing :cool:

GateofDOOM
July 18th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Wow. That actually looks good!

Artha O'neill
July 19th, 2008, 07:31 AM
Found some pics:



http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0807/19/watchmen3.jpg
Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl II with Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II.

http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0807/19/watchmen4.jpg
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian and Carla Gugino as the original Silk Spectre.

http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0807/19/watchmen5.jpg
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian

enjoy.

Artha O'neill
July 19th, 2008, 07:34 AM
Here are some more:


http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0807/19/watchmen1.jpg
Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach

http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0807/19/watchmen2.jpg
Billy Crudup as Jon Osterman in transformation

Trek_Girl42
July 19th, 2008, 09:47 AM
I just saw this trailer on the big screen and it was effing EPIC. And Zack Snyder's directing :cool:OMG was this trailer at Batman?


Seeing it this afternoon!!!!! :D

PuddleJumper42
July 19th, 2008, 01:56 PM
OMG was this trailer at Batman?


Seeing it this afternoon!!!!! :D

Yes, it's in front of Batman.

Also, you can see a better quality version of the trailer here. (http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/watchmen/)

AGateFan
July 19th, 2008, 04:25 PM
I saw it on the bigscreen when I went to see Batman. Watchman and then the new Terminator are both coming out next year and look awesome.

Trek_Girl42
July 19th, 2008, 05:10 PM
I saw it on the bigscreen when I went to see Batman. Watchman and then the new Terminator are both coming out next year and look awesome.
Me too. :D OMG it was so awesome on the big screen, gah! I want this movie now too!

Terminator looked interesting as well, though the trailer didn't show much. Aside from Christian Bale and some stuff blowing up.

ToasterOnFire
July 19th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Ack, no Watchmen trailer in front of my Dark Knight. Must be regional. :(

eviladam
July 20th, 2008, 02:43 AM
I think I'm gonna have to see that. That trailer is amazing. Rorsach and the Comedian both look awesome. Not to mention the blue guy whose name escapes me. I keep waiting for the tag line "Who watches the Watchmen" to pop up. Can't believe it wasn't in the trailer actually.

And was that the Smashing Pumpkins? Any one know what song that was? Sounded great.

Trek_Girl42
July 20th, 2008, 10:11 AM
I think I'm gonna have to see that. That trailer is amazing. Rorsach and the Comedian both look awesome. Not to mention the blue guy whose name escapes me. I keep waiting for the tag line "Who watches the Watchmen" to pop up. Can't believe it wasn't in the trailer actually.

And was that the Smashing Pumpkins? Any one know what song that was? Sounded great.Doctor Manhattan. :) And I agree I think they've got it right visually. Now we'll have to wait and see what it's like as a whole.

And yes, I kept expecting "Who watches the Watchmen" to pop up as well. :P

And I also really want to know which Pumpkins song that was..... :D

Trek_Girl42
July 20th, 2008, 10:16 AM
Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv58c1JAsdY) the song from the trailer. :D

The Prophet
July 20th, 2008, 10:19 AM
The Beginning is the End is the Beginning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSPFNq2KsFE&feature=PlayList&p=B55C2AB34A607551&index=44) - The Smashing Pumpkins

Also used for the Batman & Robin film :P

Edit: Damn, beaten :P

PuddleJumper42
July 20th, 2008, 07:27 PM
Ack, no Watchmen trailer in front of my Dark Knight. Must be regional. :(

From what I've heard, it should have been there. (But then again, so was the Twilight trailer and I didn't see that in front of TDK.)

Trek_Girl42
July 20th, 2008, 10:49 PM
From what I've heard, it should have been there. (But then again, so was the Twilight trailer and I didn't see that in front of TDK.)Erm. Yeah, we didn't get the Twilight one either, fine be me. :P

AvatarIII
July 21st, 2008, 04:33 AM
if the apple site doesnt work for you (ie if you can't use QT at work) this site should be fine http://www.watchmenmovie.co.uk

PuddleJumper42
July 21st, 2008, 07:34 PM
It turns out that Dan Payne (yes, THAT Dan Payne) is playing Dollar Bill.

He's in one of the promotional stills here (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/movie/watchmen/stills/17).

AvatarIII
August 6th, 2008, 12:56 AM
dollar bill has a tiny part :P

this months Empire magazine has a 5 page feature on Watchmen, and a watchmen cover, check it out!!!
http://www.empireonline.com/images/magazine/cover.jpg http://www.empireonline.com/images/magazine/cover2.jpg

new photos http://www.empireonline.com/futurefilms/film.asp?id=11018
general news http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?nid=23011

also a cool feature about watchmen
http://www.empireonline.com/features/watchmen101/default.asp?NID=21451

also, apparently they are doing a "tales of the black frieghter" animated movie on DVD to coincide with the movie!!!

AvatarIII
August 6th, 2008, 03:26 AM
http://www.totalfilm.com/features/exclusive_introducing_the_watchmen
http://www.totalfilm.com/features/exclusive_introducing_the_watchmen_part_two
http://www.totalfilm.com/features/exclusive_introducing_the_watchmen_part_three

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/26/business/media/26retail.html?_r=2&ref=business&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

The second film, tentatively called “Tales of the Black Freighter,” follows a side “Watchmen” storyline about a shipwreck and will arrive in stores five days after the main movie rolls out in theaters. The DVD will also include a documentary-style film called “Under the Hood” that will delve into the characters’ backstories.

Thermonuclearboy
August 6th, 2008, 06:03 AM
The thing one must understand about Alan Moore is that he is a grumpy old ******* who hates everyone. And in his defense, many of the film adaptations of his works - ie From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Constantine - have been 1) not faithful to his original; and 2) not very good. His stories are deeper than your average comic book, almost like philosophical dialectics, meditations on the nature of heroism, ego, and the corruption of power. That kind of story is very difficult to adapt into a movie, especially if it's re-packaged as a simple "Comic book movie." So while I may disagree with Alan Moore on nearly every philosophical point he's ever made in his works, I can sympathize with him as artist watching his beloved creations get chopped for a mainstream audience. I don't have high hopes for the Watchmen movie, but I'll probably end up seeing it anyway.

AvatarIII
August 6th, 2008, 07:19 AM
The thing one must understand about Alan Moore is that he is a grumpy old ******* who hates everyone. And in his defense, many of the film adaptations of his works - ie From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Constantine - have been 1) not faithful to his original; and 2) not very good. His stories are deeper than your average comic book, almost like philosophical dialectics, meditations on the nature of heroism, ego, and the corruption of power. That kind of story is very difficult to adapt into a movie, especially if it's re-packaged as a simple "Comic book movie." So while I may disagree with Alan Moore on nearly every philosophical point he's ever made in his works, I can sympathize with him as artist watching his beloved creations get chopped for a mainstream audience. I don't have high hopes for the Watchmen movie, but I'll probably end up seeing it anyway.

well, apparently it was filmed at over 3 hours, and is currently being cut down as much as possible for the producers, i expect there will be a directors cut one day.

AvatarIII
August 12th, 2008, 04:55 AM
dollar bill has a tiny part :P

this months Empire magazine has a 5 page feature on Watchmen, and a watchmen cover, check it out!!!
http://www.empireonline.com/images/magazine/cover.jpg http://www.empireonline.com/images/magazine/cover2.jpg

new photos http://www.empireonline.com/futurefilms/film.asp?id=11018
general news http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?nid=23011

also a cool feature about watchmen
http://www.empireonline.com/features/watchmen101/default.asp?NID=21451

also, apparently they are doing a "tales of the black frieghter" animated movie on DVD to coincide with the movie!!!

am i a geek to have gone out of my way to get my hands on both covers?

marielabbott
August 12th, 2008, 01:47 PM
This looks like a promising film. I'm not familiar with the graphic novel. I periodically try to read a graphic novel and end up not liking it, but I placed a hold on my library's copy of Watchmen. And apparently there's a long wait, so hopefully that means it will be good. :p

Kezia
August 12th, 2008, 02:18 PM
This (http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer-news/87) just blew my ***ing mind. :D

Trek_Girl42
August 12th, 2008, 03:44 PM
This (http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer-news/87) just blew my ***ing mind. :DMy jaw just hit the floor.

Trek_Girl42
August 12th, 2008, 03:46 PM
This looks like a promising film. I'm not familiar with the graphic novel. I periodically try to read a graphic novel and end up not liking it, but I placed a hold on my library's copy of Watchmen. And apparently there's a long wait, so hopefully that means it will be good. :p
Of course following that line of reasoning, books such as Eragon and Twilight must be literary masterpieces. ;):D

Couldn't resist.

YES IT'S GOOD! :D Hopefully you'll like this one. :)

Kezia
August 12th, 2008, 03:53 PM
Of course following that line of reasoning, books such as Eragon and Twilight must be literary masterpieces. ;):D

Couldn't resist.

:lol:

Though I must say Eragon makes even Twilight look like a masterpiece.

DigiFluid
August 12th, 2008, 04:00 PM
I have to say I'm more than a little worried that Watchmen's best part will be the trailer. God knows that was the case with 300--terrific trailer with a great song playing over it, and then the movie sucks.

Trek_Girl42
August 12th, 2008, 05:04 PM
:lol:

Though I must say Eragon makes even Twilight look like a masterpiece.*snorts* There's a point. Though I'd take that further and say that Eldest makes Eragon look like a masterpiece and Twilight like.....whatever is above a masterpiece.

I have to say I'm more than a little worried that Watchmen's best part will be the trailer. God knows that was the case with 300--terrific trailer with a great song playing over it, and then the movie sucks.-fingers in ears- lalalalala not listening! I'm becoming optimistic about this movie, don't drown my optimistic! :P

Haven't seen 300. I figured the trailer must have pretty much covered the whole thing. :P

Kezia
August 12th, 2008, 06:44 PM
I have to say I'm more than a little worried that Watchmen's best part will be the trailer. God knows that was the case with 300--terrific trailer with a great song playing over it, and then the movie sucks.
Yeah, hopefully it'll be more in the mould of Dark Knight instead (awesome trailer, phenomenal movie)

AvatarIII
August 13th, 2008, 01:03 AM
Yeah, hopefully it'll be more in the mould of Dark Knight instead (awesome trailer, phenomenal movie)

i suspect it will be, the plot to watchmen is a lot stronger and fuller than the plot to 300, the trailer only scratches the surface of what watchmen contains, the dialogue will be awesome, something which 300 lacked :P but then the action sequences will rock as hard of not harder than 300!

marielabbott
August 13th, 2008, 07:54 AM
Of course following that line of reasoning, books such as Eragon and Twilight must be literary masterpieces. ;):D

Couldn't resist.

YES IT'S GOOD! :D Hopefully you'll like this one. :)

:D Yes, I know, I don't normally follow that line of reasoning; I did put the :p face after my statment. :p I'm trying to be optimisitc about a graphic novel, because I'd really like to enjoy something in the genre. ;)

Artha O'neill
August 15th, 2008, 12:26 PM
New pichttp://www.comicbookresources.com/images/reel/watchmen/WMD-28386_cc-1.jpg

http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/reel/watchmen/WMD-38746_cc.jpg

http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/reel/watchmen/WMD-14626_cc.jpg

http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/reel/watchmen/RI120_ALT_flat_cc.jpg

source:http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=17735

enjoy.

Kezia
August 16th, 2008, 10:07 AM
Kevin Smith reviews Watchmen:
http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/08/15/kevin-smith-has-seen-watchmen-its-fking-astounding

“I saw Watchmen. It’s f**king astounding. The Non-Disclosure Agreement I signed prevents me from saying much, but I can spout the following with complete joygasmic enthusiasm: Snyder and Co. have pulled it off. Remember that feeling of watching Sin City on the big screen and being blown away by what a faithful translation of the source material it was, in terms of both content and visuals? Triple that, and you’ll come close to watching Watchmen. Even Alan Moore might be surprised at how close the movie is to the book. March can’t come soon enough.”

Sounds good. :D

DigiFluid
August 16th, 2008, 10:29 AM
Remember that feeling of watching Sin City on the big screen and being blown away by what a faithful translation of the source material it was, in terms of both content and visuals? Triple that, and you’ll come close to watching Watchmen

Three times nothing is still nothing.

Kezia
August 16th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Three times nothing is still nothing.
:eek:

(Granted I've never actually read any of the "source material" but movie-wise I thought Sin City was awesome)

DigiFluid
August 16th, 2008, 10:59 AM
Oh wow, my (colossal) mistake. Somehow the words "Sin City" translated in my head into "300". It was 300 I hated, Sin City was fantastic. Okay, good quote after all :D

AvatarIII
August 18th, 2008, 12:48 AM
awesome!!!! i haven't looked forward to a movie so much in my life! and after spidey 3 i told myself i would never get so hyped up for a movie in case i was let down again, but i can't help it!!

PuddleJumper42
August 18th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Bad news-

WB's Motion to Dismiss "Watchmen" Lawsuit Denied (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=48070)

Could "Watchmen" Be Delayed Due To Legal Trouble? (http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/could_watchmen_be_delayed_due_to_legal_trouble)

and-

Who Wants To Watch Three Hours Of Watchmen? (http://io9.com/5037802/who-wants-to-watch-three-hours-of-watchmen)
Regarding that last one: I DO! :D


awesome!!!! i haven't looked forward to a movie so much in my life! and after spidey 3 i told myself i would never get so hyped up for a movie in case i was let down again, but i can't help it!!

I don't think I've been this hyped for a movie since Lord of the Rings came out.

AvatarIII
August 20th, 2008, 04:37 AM
i signed the petition :D

PuddleJumper42
August 29th, 2008, 01:53 PM
Nothing new except for some very Hi-Res magazine covers from a Brazilian magazine of The Comedian, Silk Spectre II, Dr. Manhattan, and Rorschach. (Guess Nite Owl II and Ozymandias weren't cool enough.)

Over here. (http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=48222)

Angela V
August 30th, 2008, 10:09 AM
I finally got to see the Dark Knight on Thursday and guess what trailer I saw? :) Watchmen looks AWESOME on the big screen. My 8 year old son now wants to watch it. oops.

PuddleJumper42
September 3rd, 2008, 04:38 PM
Watchmen Trial Set For January (http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?id=59394)

PuddleJumper42
October 5th, 2008, 01:10 AM
There was a special presentation for Watchmen a few days ago, which among other things showed 23 minutes of movie footage (including the first 12 minutes of the movie).

More info here. (http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/10/01/early-reaction-more-watchmen-footage-and-updates/)

And a better description of the footage is over here. (http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/28391891.html)

Also, it looks like the next trailer will be in front of Quantum of Solace (the new James Bond flick) which comes out in the US November 14th.

lommit
October 5th, 2008, 09:19 AM
well i discovered the move trailer on a website, and i sow it was made by the same guys as 300. i thought wow cool, gonna be fancy graphics and action. then i discovered it was a comic and i read it.

i hope it will last more then 2 hours, since not easy story to read.
i was shocked off ending, i was like wow that can happend, wtf.
but it's a great comic, i hope he makes it pretty good.
trailer seems cool. but gotta see the rest of the movie.
i dont know if anyone has said it, but when it comes on directors cut it will have a second dvd that will the story of the pirate comic strip that is there. dnt remember the name now.

but that i cant wait to see

AvatarIII
October 6th, 2008, 02:15 AM
"Tales of the Black Freighter" it's called

nx01a
October 14th, 2008, 04:50 PM
The comic... Wow. Alan Moore is truly the best comics writer out there.
The movie... Wow. Alan Moore has had the worst luck with screen adaptations of his work. The trailer looks faithful to the cource material so far. Here's hoping.
The music... Wow. Alan Moo... Sorry. :P The trailer music is stuck in my head now, just like Danny Elfman's 'The Little Things' from 'WANTED' was stuck in my head!

AvatarIII
October 22nd, 2008, 03:17 AM
http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/
good watchmen site, up to date news and info,
new trailer
http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/102108-watchmen-2008-scream-trailer.php

PuddleJumper42
October 22nd, 2008, 11:04 AM
http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/
good watchmen site, up to date news and info,
new trailer
http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/102108-watchmen-2008-scream-trailer.php

I saw the new trailer last night. Some stuff we've seen in the previous trailer but a good amount of new stuff. (I had to sit through most of Scream 2008 just to see it, but it was worth it.)

pbellosom
October 22nd, 2008, 12:41 PM
Curse these trailers for constantly getting my hopes up!

Though I don't remember the bit where Niteowl and Silk Spectre kiss in front of a mushroom cloud.

PuddleJumper42
November 6th, 2008, 09:22 PM
Watchmen's Sally Jupiter Sexy At Every Age (http://io9.com/5078522/watchmens-sally-jupiter-sexy-at-every-age)

About a new Watchmen featurette that's about the Silk Spectres.

nx01a
November 6th, 2008, 09:31 PM
This is the make or break comic book movie, kids. Can the most acclaimed 'graphic novel' of all time make it big with the fans AND the critics AND the box office?

If it sucks, I'll cry.

AvatarIII
November 7th, 2008, 04:16 AM
Curse these trailers for constantly getting my hopes up!

Though I don't remember the bit where Niteowl and Silk Spectre kiss in front of a mushroom cloud.

really? that's an iconic bit!! it's in a dream obviously though :P

PuddleJumper42
November 10th, 2008, 09:34 PM
Don't know if you guys heard about this or not, but (huge ending spoilers)
it looks like is no giant squid in the movie.

Source. (http://io9.com/5081732/watchmens-zack-snyder-sets-fire-to-your-dreams)

Personally, I don't mind the lack of squid. I never really got the importance of it while reading and it seemed kind of silly and out of place to me.

AvatarIII
November 11th, 2008, 01:38 AM
Don't know if you guys heard about this or not, but (huge ending spoilers)
it looks like is no giant squid in the movie.

Source. (http://io9.com/5081732/watchmens-zack-snyder-sets-fire-to-your-dreams)

Personally, I don't mind the lack of squid. I never really got the importance of it while reading and it seemed kind of silly and out of place to me.

the whole point was
that it was something unexpected and outside of the general experiences of the people of the world and would cause the kind of mass panic which would join the world together and end the war.

also, new posters out!!

http://www.superherohype.com/news/watchmennews.php?id=7806

Exiled Master
November 11th, 2008, 01:48 PM
I always thought that the appearance of a giant squid was a poor way to unite the world against a common threat. The death toll was right, but it was too sudden to really mobilize against common foe. You can't team up to fight a war if your enemy uses up all their offensive abilities in a single effort.

AvatarIII
November 12th, 2008, 01:01 AM
I always thought that the appearance of a giant squid was a poor way to unite the world against a common threat. The death toll was right, but it was too sudden to really mobilize against common foe. You can't team up to fight a war if your enemy uses up all their offensive abilities in a single effort.

the idea wasn't to team up to fight a war, but to find common ground against a threat that noone knew when it would come

PuddleJumper42
November 13th, 2008, 05:17 PM
The new trailer is up! (http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/watchmen.html?showVideo=1) And it's goooood. :D

(Also, if you haven't seen the new posters yet, they're also on that site.)

AvatarIII
November 14th, 2008, 12:39 AM
if like me, that trailer doesn't work, it's also here
http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/111308-watchmen-movie-trailer.php

AvatarIII
January 16th, 2009, 01:49 AM
thought i'd bump this in light of the recent news of the end of the Fox/WB lawsuit

here's some trailers
http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/watchmen-trailers-videos.php

Madwelshboy
February 1st, 2009, 01:16 AM
'Watchmen' director Zack Snyder launches new website (EW.com exclusive!)

Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder is launching cruelfilms.com, the website for his production company Cruel and Unusual Films, and has provided EW.com with this never-before-seen image from one of the opening scenes from Watchmen, which opens March 6. The image, Snyder says, is one of the first glimpses audiences will have of the film's anti-hero, Rorschach, as he shoots a grappling gun into the Comedian's apartment while investigating his fallen comrade's mysterious death. (More on the film in a bit.)

"We just wanted to have a place where people could see what we're up to," Snyder tells EW.com exclusively about the site. "As a company, we're into a lot of cool stuff, like aesthetic and design. The movies we make, and are making, feed a lot off of pop-culture." The site includes a section called The Lounge, where the company -- which includes company co-president Deborah Synder (who's also Zack's wife), and producer Wesley Coller -- list what they're watching (the anime film Appleseed), reading (Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead) and listening to (Allison Crow's "Hallelujah"). Snyder also invites artists to submit versions of the Cruel and Unusual Films logo: A rough-and-tumble anime Catholic schoolgirl called Baby Doll who'll be the heroine of Snyder's in-the-works project Sucker Punch. "I always thought it would be cool, like, 'Hey, Frank Miller, you should draw a version of Baby Doll,'" Snyder says. "[Drawing her] is kind of a fun assignment, you know, for the world."

The rest of the site includes an eclectic collection of links to sites that have captured the company's fancy -- including the website for Violet's Cakes, a cupcake confectionery owned by Snyder's ex-wife -- and a listing of all of Cruel and Unusual Films' projects. Watchmen, based on the famed graphic novel, just had a massive weight lifted from its shoulders after Warner Bros. and Fox settled a legal dispute over the rights to the film -- a dispute that had threatened to keep the finished film out of theaters indefinitely. The settlement, Snyder says, is "a big relief to me. I'm glad that cooler heads prevailed and the fans are not going to have to resort to any criminal acts." He laughs. "I'm half-joking. I'm glad there's that kind of passion [about the movie], I guess

http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2009/01/watchmen-cruel.html

pbellosom
February 2nd, 2009, 04:01 AM
thought i'd bump this in light of the recent news of the end of the Fox/WB lawsuit

here's some trailers
http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/watchmen-trailers-videos.php

Looking at the Japanese trailer there, it seems to me that the ending is still there, or at least we get some random blue blast in NY

AvatarIII
February 2nd, 2009, 04:07 AM
Looking at the Japanese trailer there, it seems to me that the ending is still there, or at least we get some random blue blast in NY

but no alien.... the alien is most important!! you can't just have a blue blast! i want the 5th-dimensional-cephalapod!!!!!

PuddleJumper42
February 2nd, 2009, 09:10 AM
but no alien.... the alien is most important!! you can't just have a blue blast! i want the 5th-dimensional-cephalapod!!!!!

There's not going to be one. It's been confirmed several times.

The Prophet
February 2nd, 2009, 09:41 AM
There's not going to be one. It's been confirmed several times.

But it makes no sense without it!

... or with it!

:O

AvatarIII
February 3rd, 2009, 02:19 AM
There's not going to be one. It's been confirmed several times.

i know!!!

that doesn't change the fact i want there to be one, and as TP said, it doesn't really make sense without it. without it, there is no motive to kill the comedian. and without that, there is no film.

PuddleJumper42
February 3rd, 2009, 01:16 PM
i know!!!

that doesn't change the fact i want there to be one, and as TP said, it doesn't really make sense without it. without it, there is no motive to kill the comedian. and without that, there is no film.

It may make sense, it may not. We won't know until the movie comes out. I have hope that despite the changes the movie will still be good. Different than the book, definitely, but still good.

Madwelshboy
February 4th, 2009, 01:13 AM
Zack Snyder denies plans for Watchmen sequel

Now that the legal dispute over the ownership of the Watchmen movie has been settled, director Zack Snyder has revealed that he would not be willing to be involved with any sequel.

Speaking to The New York Times, Snyder noted that he didn't know how a sequel could be done, but if Warner Bros. "wanted to go and hire some guy to make them a sequel to Watchmen, I don’t know that they would get any of those actors to do it, and I know that I wouldn’t have anything to do with it."

He also indicated that the only way that he would be willing to participate in any follow-up to 300 would be if artist Frank Miller drew a graphic novel, "and people said, 'That’s pretty cool.' And I read it and said, 'You know what, Frank, that’s pretty cool. Maybe we’ll make this into a movie.'"

http://www.dwscifi.com/news/3060-zack-snyder-denies-plans-for-watchmen-sequel

Madwelshboy
February 15th, 2009, 11:24 PM
WATCHMEN T.V. Spot!

Less than a month away now until we will be watching the WATCHMEN!

http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/movie-news/watchmen-tv-spot.php

Madwelshboy
February 16th, 2009, 02:38 PM
Morgan: We'll never see 'Watchmen 2'
Monday, February 16 2009, 21:35 GMT

By Lara Martin

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has hinted that there will never be a sequel to forthcoming superhero movie Watchmen.

The actor plays The Comedian in the highly-anticipated blockbuster, which follows a group of vigilantes working in the Cold War period of 1985.

Speaking to Moviehole, he said: "We are all signed for sequels... but I’d say unless Alan Moore says he’s gonna write something, we’ll never see Watchmen 2.

"I doubt [director] Zach [Snyder] would do another and without him, I wouldn’t go back, and I can’t imagine any of the other actors would want to either."

He added: "I’d love to be a fly-on-the-wall in the meeting in which someone brings up a Watchmen sequel, especially if it happens with Zach around, because he won’t want any part of it. I think this is it; what you see, is what you get. It was always a oner for me."

Watchmen is released in the UK on March 6.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a146855/morgan-well-never-see-watchmen-2.html

the fifth man
February 16th, 2009, 07:00 PM
From all the previews I have seen, I am definitely looking forward to this movie more and more.

Madwelshboy
February 17th, 2009, 01:11 AM
Set report: We watched the Watchmen become real

What if the universe of Watchmen really existed?

It did, at least for a while. In November of 2007, I was lucky enough to be one of a handful of reporters invited to the Canadian set of director Zack Snyder's movie adaptation of Watchmen. It was like walking into the panels of the graphic novel itself.

The book imagines an alternate-reality 1985 New York in which the existence of superheroes has dramatically altered history and the reality of our lives. The United States won the Vietnam War. Nixon is still president. Superheroes have been outlawed. New York is a cesspool of crime and poverty. And the world is on the brink of nuclear holocaust.

Snyder—the youthful, energetic helmer of 300, itself an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel—succeeded in adapting the book, once considered "unfilmable," with screenwriter Alex Tse and got Warner Brothers to green-light its production. His goal: To make a faithful adaptation of the book that changed everything..........

Rest at the link:-
http://scifiwire.com/2009/02/set-report-we-watched-the-watchmen-become-real.php

PuddleJumper42
February 17th, 2009, 11:49 AM
Morgan: We'll never see 'Watchmen 2'
Monday, February 16 2009, 21:35 GMT

By Lara Martin

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has hinted that there will never be a sequel to forthcoming superhero movie Watchmen.

The actor plays The Comedian in the highly-anticipated blockbuster, which follows a group of vigilantes working in the Cold War period of 1985.

Speaking to Moviehole, he said: "We are all signed for sequels... but I’d say unless Alan Moore says he’s gonna write something, we’ll never see Watchmen 2.

"I doubt [director] Zach [Snyder] would do another and without him, I wouldn’t go back, and I can’t imagine any of the other actors would want to either."

He added: "I’d love to be a fly-on-the-wall in the meeting in which someone brings up a Watchmen sequel, especially if it happens with Zach around, because he won’t want any part of it. I think this is it; what you see, is what you get. It was always a oner for me."

Watchmen is released in the UK on March 6.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a146855/morgan-well-never-see-watchmen-2.html

Even if WB somehow got the sequel idea in their head, it's not like we'd see the Comedian anyway. Unless the sequel is a zombie movie.

the fifth man
February 17th, 2009, 07:17 PM
Even if WB somehow got the sequel idea in their head, it's not like we'd see the Comedian anyway. Unless the sequel is a zombie movie.

Very true.

AvatarIII
February 18th, 2009, 12:11 AM
Even if WB somehow got the sequel idea in their head, it's not like we'd see the Comedian anyway. Unless the sequel is a zombie movie.

lol
we wouldn't see Rorschach or Dr. Manhatten either, and nite owl and silk spectre would be living undercover

Madwelshboy
February 19th, 2009, 01:30 AM
News of WATCHMEN’s running time, Blu-Ray release and actual clips from film!

Collider have learnt the three different running times for WATCHMEN…

The theatrical cut we will see in just a matter of weeks will be 156 minutes long, just over 2 hours and a half in length.

The director’s cut, which will be found on the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the film will clock in at 156 minutes.

The director’s cut, which if you include the TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER release (the animated short starring Gerard Butler which tells the famous side story in the graphic novel) will make the movie a massive 205 minutes long.

An epic LORD OF THE RINGS style picture. Can’t wait to see it.



In the U.K, this DVD set will be released on April 9th, just as WATCHMEN is starting to leave theatres. Remember, it will have the full story of the TALES FROM THE BLACK FREIGHTER which is not included in the theatrical release of the film…

Priced at £9.99 RRP on DVD and £14.99 RRP on Blu-ray Disc, both sets include the main feature (25mins) and special features (84mins). The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio, while the Blu-ray is 1080P with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. Extras include:

Under the Hood
Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen - How Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood connect to and expand the world of Watchmen, with a unique analogy to the character arc of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
Watchmen Motion Comics: Chapter 1
A First Look at DC Universe’s animated Green Lantern
Zack Snyder has confirmed to CHUD, that the controversy over the appearance of the Squid at the end of WATCHMEN is no longer controversial because the Squid is in.

You can read up about that here (http://chud.com/articles/articles/18204/1/EXCLUSIVE-IS-THE-SQUID-IN-WATCHMEN-AFTER-ALL/Page1.html) but be wary of spoiler material.

http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/movie-news/news-of-watchmens-running-time-blu-ray-release-and-actual-clips-from-film.php

AvatarIII
February 19th, 2009, 01:44 AM
News of WATCHMEN’s running time, Blu-Ray release and actual clips from film!

Collider have learnt the three different running times for WATCHMEN…

The theatrical cut we will see in just a matter of weeks will be 156 minutes long, just over 2 hours and a half in length.

The director’s cut, which will be found on the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the film will clock in at 156 minutes.

The director’s cut, which if you include the TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER release (the animated short starring Gerard Butler which tells the famous side story in the graphic novel) will make the movie a massive 205 minutes long.

An epic LORD OF THE RINGS style picture. Can’t wait to see it.



In the U.K, this DVD set will be released on April 9th, just as WATCHMEN is starting to leave theatres. Remember, it will have the full story of the TALES FROM THE BLACK FREIGHTER which is not included in the theatrical release of the film…

Priced at £9.99 RRP on DVD and £14.99 RRP on Blu-ray Disc, both sets include the main feature (25mins) and special features (84mins). The DVD is presented in anamorphic widescreen with English DD5.1 Surround audio, while the Blu-ray is 1080P with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. Extras include:

Under the Hood
Story Within a Story: The Books of Watchmen - How Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood connect to and expand the world of Watchmen, with a unique analogy to the character arc of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
Watchmen Motion Comics: Chapter 1
A First Look at DC Universe’s animated Green Lantern
Zack Snyder has confirmed to CHUD, that the controversy over the appearance of the Squid at the end of WATCHMEN is no longer controversial because the Squid is in.

You can read up about that here (http://chud.com/articles/articles/18204/1/EXCLUSIVE-IS-THE-SQUID-IN-WATCHMEN-AFTER-ALL/Page1.html) but be wary of spoiler material.

http://www.obsessedwithfilm.com/movie-news/news-of-watchmens-running-time-blu-ray-release-and-actual-clips-from-film.php

shouldn't that read 162 minutes? ( http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/0/5C12A5B57678A71580257561002C66E9?OpenDocument ) and the directos cut should be longer, so that seems squiffy too.

also you can preorder the black freighter at amazon UK for about £10 on blu ray and about £7 on DVD if anyone is interested ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h__0_9?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=black+freighter)

AvatarIII
February 19th, 2009, 04:29 AM
apparently, Watchmen has been cut down to 156 minutes to fit on IMAX projectors. and the same cut is being used in theatres, however! watchmen is not showing on IMAX in the UK, and there is no sign of it being resubmitted to the BBFC with a shorter run time, this means there is a tiny possibility that the longer version might show in the UK and perhaps all the countries that paramount is distributing in. *fingers crossed*

Artha O'neill
February 24th, 2009, 10:13 AM
Exclusive 'Watchmen' Clip: Prison Break

Silk Spectre and Nite Owl put down a riot at the prison the only way they know how.

Wicked!!! (http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/343653/exclusive-watchmen-clip-prison-break.jhtml)


WATCHMEN: WORLD PREMIERE

The world premiere of Watchmen was held on Monday at the Odeon, Leicester Square in London.

Director Zack Snyder was joined by cast members.

Clicky! (http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0902/23/index.htm)

and

RAMESES II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnyR10CIDW8) clip

Madwelshboy
February 26th, 2009, 01:18 AM
Haley feared losing 'Watchmen' to A-lister
Thursday, February 26 2009, 08:34 GMT

By Simon Reynolds, Movies Editor

Jackie Earle Haley has revealed that he almost missed out on a role in Watchmen when producers were looking to cast A-list actors in the movie.

Speaking to Digital Spy at the movie's world premiere, the actor said that he made his own Rorschach audition tape to convince director Zack Snyder to hire him.

He explained: "I heard they were going to put movie stars in it and I was like, 'No!'. I called my agent and kept bugging him and he was like, 'Dude, let it go, it's not going to happen'. Then I got a call and he said, 'Looks like they're doing something different, so let's not wait'.

"I did an audition tape and sent it in. I literally made a Rorschach Halloween costume and a bunch of my friends came over and we took half a day to shoot it, half a day to edit it, and we sent it to Zack."

Actors such as Tom Cruise, Jude Law and Simon Pegg had been linked with roles in Watchmen during its earlier incarnations under filmmakers Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a147841/haley-feared-losing-watchmen-to-a-lister.html

Madwelshboy
February 26th, 2009, 01:19 AM
Warner asked for War on Terror 'Watchmen'
Thursday, February 26 2009, 09:47 GMT

By Simon Reynolds, Movies Editor

Producer Deborah Snyder has said that Warner Bros urged the makers of Watchmen to update the story to reflect the War on Terror.

Speaking to DS at the world premiere, Snyder admitted that she and her director husband Zack were eager to go against the studio's wishes and retain the period backdrop.

"The studio wanted us to make it present-day, the War on Terror, and we felt that's us just commenting on what's going on today," she said. "It was more important to make it more of a metaphor, so setting it back in 1985 was the critical thing for us."

Directors Terry Gilliam, Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass have all been attached to a movie adaptation of the comic book over the years, with the latter pair overseeing scripts that shifted the setting from 1985 to the modern day.

When asked about a potential Watchmen sequel, the Snyders quickly dismissed the idea. "Hell no!" remarked Deborah. "There's no sequel to Watchmen," Zack added. "That's crazy!"

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a147853/warner-asked-for-war-on-terror-watchmen.html

Angela V
February 26th, 2009, 03:56 PM
[B]
Producer Deborah Snyder has said that Warner Bros urged the makers of Watchmen to update the story to reflect the War on Terror.

Speaking to DS at the world premiere, Snyder admitted that she and her director husband Zack were eager to go against the studio's wishes and retain the period backdrop.

"The studio wanted us to make it present-day, the War on Terror, and we felt that's us just commenting on what's going on today," she said. "It was more important to make it more of a metaphor, so setting it back in 1985 was the critical thing for us."

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a147853/warner-asked-for-war-on-terror-watchmen.html

Thank goodness!

Madwelshboy
February 28th, 2009, 12:20 AM
'Watchmen' star attacks 'fanboys'
Saturday, February 28 2009, 00:18 GMT

By Mayer Nissim

Matthew Goode has hit out at the "fanboys" who criticised his casting in Watchmen before they had seen the film.

Goode. who plays Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias in the big screen adaptation of the comic book series, said that he is unimpressed at what has been said by some hardcore fans of the original work, The Sun reports.

He said: "The negative feedback is relayed by my friends. I think the fanboys aren't particularly happy - there are a load of people they'd have rather had in before me.

"But if fanboys still hate the film after going and seeing it, they can all line up and suck my d***.

"I don't give a f***. I'm having a child and that's more important to me - so I don't give a f***. Grow a d***."

Earlier this week, Watchmen producer Deborah Snyder revealed that Warner Bros had wanted the movie adaptation to reflect the so-called 'War on Terror'.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a148086/watchmen-star-attacks-fanboys.html

Angela V
February 28th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Apparently Matthew Goode hasn't been around many "Fan boys". It's best to ignore them :valaanime04:

Madwelshboy
March 1st, 2009, 12:49 AM
Watchmen director's cut release plans, more details


Zack Snyder confirmed again that there will be a limited theatrical release of an extended director's cut of Watchmen in July, and revealed that the opening title montage featured two deleted shots that may appear on a future Blu-ray or DVD, speaking in a panel at WonderCon in San Francisco on Saturday. (Spoilers ahead!)

The deleted shots from the title sequence include one of Edward Blake/the Comedian raising the flag on Iwo Jima in World War II and a shot of the inauguration of Richard Nixon. "They'll be somewhere," Snyder said, referring to future iterations of the movie that may appear on home video.


The opening title sequence is a montage of scenes that establish the 1985 alternate universe New York of Watchmen, based in part on iconic images from art and popular culture, including a Last Supper-style retirement party for Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino) and the assassination of John F. Kennedy by Edward Blake/the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

As for the three-hour 10-minute director's cut, Snyder said that it would restore a sequence of Hollis Mason's death as well as "other bits and bobs ... a whole lot more naked blueness in it, too." Snyder got notes from Warner Brothers to cut some of the shots of Dr. Manhattan's blue, uh, manhood, as well as trim some of the film's graphic violence for the two-hour 37-minute theatrical release, which he agreed to "to be fair," he said.

As part of the WonderCon panel, Snyder also screened the opening portion of the movie, starting with the death of Blake, the title montage and Rorschach's initial investigation of Blake's death, right up to his conversation with Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson) in the owl cave.

Snyder also addressed the question of a sequel again and denied again that he would have anything to do with one, whether the studio goes ahead or not. "It's a surprising question to me, because to me it seems impossible to even talk about, because it's like a sequel to Moby Dick or something," Snyder said. Watchmen opens March 6.

http://scifiwire.com/2009/02/zack-snyder-confirmed-again-that.php

Madwelshboy
March 3rd, 2009, 04:13 AM
There's more of Dr. Manhattan's manhood in Watchmen's director's cut

If you think there's a lot of Dr. Manhattan's big blue penis in Zack Snyder's upcoming Watchmen, wait until you see the director's cut.

Snyder told SCI FI Wire in a group interview at WonderCon in San Francisco over the weekend that he actually trimmed a few scenes of full-frontal computer-animated nudity from the theatrical release, but will restore them in the director's cut, which will have a limited theatrical release in July before appearing on DVD/Blu-ray.


"There's a big sequence on Mars between Laurie [Malin Akerman] and Manhattan [Billy Crudup], you know, the whole thing about, like, 'You're sleeping with him?' You know, like, 'I'm a puppet, they can see the strings,' that whole thing. ... That shot, ... when they're walking up the stairs coming to the top of the [crystal palace], it's pretty intense."

At this point, Dave Gibbons, who illustrated the graphic novel, chimes in: "Swing, swing."

Snyder: "Yeah. It looks like a bell clacker."

Crudup, who plays the big blue Dr. Manhattan, is apparently comfortable with the way Snyder has brought his naked godlike character to life. "Oh, yeah, I mean for better or worse, it's definitely my performance," he said earlier this month. "They're so accomplished now with the level of detail and the nuance that they can manufacture in the computer. ... It's a very realistic rendering of my face and my, um, abs. The rest of it is totally CG. Well, not all of it. Not all of it, people." He smiled at this point.

In other Watchmen news:

?Warner Brothers has launched Watchmen—6 Minutes to Midnight, a 10-minute interactive trailer that allows the user to enter the world of the movie, interact with one of the characters and unlock exclusive content from the film.

?Warner Brothers Digital Distribution announced Watchmen: Justice is Coming, an online multiplayer game for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which is available from the iTunes App Store this month.

Watchmen opens March 6.

http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/theres-more-of-dr-manhattans-manhood-in-watchmens-directors-cut.php

pbellosom
March 3rd, 2009, 09:28 AM
I was completely suprised to discover it comes out here on Friday. All trailers and posters I've seen have been on the internet and the date is marked 03.06.09, it never occured to me that it was the American dating format and was expecting to be waiting until June. I can't wait for the next Orange Wednesday!!

Madwelshboy
March 3rd, 2009, 09:51 AM
Exclusive: The cast of Watchmen explains it all for you

http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/exclusive-the-cast-of-watchmen-explains-it-all-for-you.php

AvatarIII
March 4th, 2009, 12:29 AM
I was completely suprised to discover it comes out here on Friday. All trailers and posters I've seen have been on the internet and the date is marked 03.06.09, it never occured to me that it was the American dating format and was expecting to be waiting until June. I can't wait for the next Orange Wednesday!!

lol, i'm going to see it this saturday!! i'll probably be able to post my thoughs on monday :)

Madwelshboy
March 4th, 2009, 07:01 AM
'Watchmen' tickets are hot: Have you bought yours yet?
Mar 4, 2009, 08:00 AM | by Joshua Rich


Word is trickling out that tickets to Watchmen, which opens this Friday (duh!), have been selling like crazy online and elsewhere (duh!). I, for one, have not yet bought my tickets -- er, ticket (chances that the wife will want to come along to this movie: nil) -- but, clearly, I should. Lest, you know, I have to wait until (gasp!) Saturday or even (heart attack!) Sunday, to see Zack Snyder's long-awaited adaptation and 300 followup.

http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/03/watchmen-tix.html

pbellosom
March 4th, 2009, 04:02 PM
I'm waiting until Wednesday, because as mentioned earlier I get the advantage of Orange Wednesday. Problem is, living in a University town, I'm a tad worried that the entire geek population of the uni will wait until Wednesday as well.

Traveler Enroute1
March 5th, 2009, 10:56 AM
Well, I guess I'm as psyched as everyone else to see this movie. But I don't see more than 2 theaters in Manhattan (NYC) showing it. I hope I'm looking at an incomplete Fandango/Yahoo! movie listing. If so, that means these theaters will be mad crowded. IMAX is sold out most of the weekend although 2am Sunday is still available!

Just sayin', happy movie going, all!

(Edit: OK, it was too early. The other theaters are posted now. Whew! - TE1)

Madwelshboy
March 5th, 2009, 12:23 PM
Watchmen's Malin Akerman Just Wants to Please the Fanboys

As Watchmen coverage ramps up for the movie's opening weekend, we find our favorite, leggy, blue-eyed blonde Malin Akerman saying just the right things about our beloved Silk Spectre...
Check out this entire interview over at Saturday Night Magazine.

When working on a film like Watchmen, which already has a strong fan following, do you feel more pressure to portray the role as accurately as possible?

"Absolutely. That was my biggest concern. You don’t want to disappoint the fans. I know I’d feel the same if I had a favorite novel or book and go to see the film and it sucks. So of course one of our biggest concerns is that the fan base is going to enjoy it because it really is for them, and then we hope that all the general public can enjoy it. It was nerve-racking to go to Comic-Con the first time to show some clips. Luckily, their reaction was beyond what we expected. They were so excited, so that was a really huge. Hopefully, the whole film will feel the same for them."

http://comicbookmovie.com/watchmen/news/?a=6490

Madwelshboy
March 6th, 2009, 12:27 AM
Box Office Preview: 'Watchmen' will be No. 1, but how much will it make?

Watchmen opens this weekend, in case you haven't heard. Word of the comic-based film's long-awaited debut did get out around Hollywood, apparently: The competition is completely steering clear. So, as the only big new release, Zack Snyder's anticipated adaptation of Alan Moore's geek bible certainly will be No. 1. But just how well will it do? Read on. Oh, and did I mention that it's long-awaited and anticipated? Just making sure.

1. Watchmen -- $75 million
I still vividly remember the shockwaves that rumbled through Tinseltown when Snyder's last R-rated graphic-novel techy epic, 300, opened to a huge $70.9 mil on this weekend two years ago. (The ground shook so intensely that I felt tremors in Las Vegas, where I was that weekend.) That was huge. And this movie, with a similar pedigree, a similar fan base, a similar release pattern in more than 3,000 venues, including several expensive-ticket IMAX locations, should be pretty damn big, too. But will it be bigger than 300? Marginally, yes, I think. Watchmen could be hurt by its nearly three-hour running time, but it's based on a monumental book about which excitement has been building for two decades. What's more, it's opening in a few hundred more theaters than 300 did, and ticket prices have gone up in the years since the Spahhhhrtahhhns stormed the box office. Keeping track of its returns will be fun, indeed.

http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2009/03/watchmen-boprev.html

Madwelshboy
March 6th, 2009, 12:49 AM
Zack Snyder: The Watchman

For two-plus decades, filmmakers have wanted to transform Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ comic book saga into a big-screen epic, but it was deemed too cultish, too expensive, too ambitious… too everything. But after the international blockbuster status of 300, Zack Snyder was given carte blanche to realise Watchmen as a movie, and he used his newfound clout to craft a film that’s as true to the spirit of the source material as possible. “It’s a weird movie!” he tells Ian Spelling.

Rest at the link:-
http://www.dwscifi.com/interviews/3196-zack-snyder-the-watchman

Madwelshboy
March 6th, 2009, 12:57 AM
Watchmen: What Went Wrong - IGN UK discusses the botched game and movie.

Paramount's mega-bucks movie adaptation of Watchmen finally hits theatres worldwide tomorrow, with the tie-in, download-only game following shortly. The source material for both is of course Alan Moore's seminal graphical novel, which attracted admirers from fanboys and highbrow cultural commentators alike for its multi-layered storylines, complex characterisation, and thematic richness.

With this in mind, any attempt to update the hallowed tome for another medium was always going to be, at best ambitious and somewhat brave, and at worse, ridiculously foolish. And it's fair to say we in the IGN UK team felt both Deadline's game and Zack Snyder's movie fell into the latter camp. Both creative teams deserve kudos for daring to take on the project; but both however seriously failed to deliver the Watchmen experience we were hoping for.

With this in mind, here at IGN, we decided to bang our collective heads together and discuss what went wrong, how we'd do the movie differently, and what would make the perfect Watchmen game.

http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/959/959598p1.html

PuddleJumper42
March 6th, 2009, 02:04 AM
I was completely suprised to discover it comes out here on Friday. All trailers and posters I've seen have been on the internet and the date is marked 03.06.09, it never occured to me that it was the American dating format and was expecting to be waiting until June. I can't wait for the next Orange Wednesday!!

Yeah, we're backwards.

I'm seeing it on Sunday. :D

Madwelshboy
March 6th, 2009, 03:39 AM
Review: Watchmen's faithful film adaptation may prove that Alan Moore was right after all

[We first posted this review, with the permission of Warner Brothers, on Feb. 24. We're republishing it here now to coincide with the movie's release today.]

Alan Moore has famously said that he opposed making a film of his seminal graphic novel Watchmen because it was essentially unfilmable.

"You get people saying, 'Oh, yes, Watchmen is very cinematic,' when actually it's not," Moore reportedly said. "It's almost the exact opposite of cinematic."

In another interview, Moore said: "I didn't think it was filmable. I didn't design it to show off the similarities between cinema and comics, which are there, but in my opinion are fairly unremarkable. It was designed to show off the things that comics could do that cinema and literature couldn't."

Well, I've seen Zack Snyder's pretty faithful movie adaptation of Watchmen. And I've come to a reluctant conclusion.

Moore may have been right.

Continues at the link:-
http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/review-watchmens-faithful-film-adaptation-may-prove-that-alan-moore-was-right-after-all.php

Cree
March 6th, 2009, 02:29 PM
woot just seen it, was pretty awesome. will post a better review tomorrow!

knowles2
March 6th, 2009, 05:14 PM
Well here my review for the Watchman file. Its awesome.

Well I just been to the cinema to the Watchman and I love every second of it.
Never actually read the comic, I mean graphic novel, which I think in this case is an advantage as I went in with no preconception. I will at the earliest opportunity try to buy it as I enjoy the film so much through it could mean I start to hate the film.

I absolutely love the ending the bad not so bad doing good in the world just the bad way, he show guilt at the end which I love. I think that describes his character pretty well. Love it when he says something on the line of “I am not like those comic book villains where I tell you my ground plan in time for you to stop me, no it already happen 35minutes ago.” love it.
A great sex scene in the flying vehicle. The flame thrower bit was hilarious.

I can also understand why people did not feel for the characters. I do not know why that is actually I think it might of been the actors acting ability or the over use of overlaying dialogue through out the scenes in the film. You rarely sure the actors faces move and speak on screen and it did sometime distract from the film and perhaps that why people felt emotionally detached from the characters it did not feel like they were the ones saying the words at times.

The fight scenes in this was awsome, certainly not a film for people who do not like bone breaking sticking out of skin scenes or the general cracking of bones when ever they talk to a bad guy.

Love the midget scenes in the prison. In fact they were some of the funniest scenes in the film in a rather sick way.

I thought the length of the film was perfect, although I did hear a few complaints from people who I mention further down in this post that is was to long.

I also love it that non of the characters was exactly heroes or in many aspects good.

I also love the reason why the comedian called himself the comedian. He was a pretty evil guy in some ways.

My only real complaint is the CGI in some places just did not look right, particularly the end bit where you know what is being destroyed it just look faked and well did not look as good as it could be. I also was not clean on how they made some scenes look like they came out of a comic book. This may change on second viewing through will have to wait until dvd come out.

please people just do not drag your girlfriends along, who is going chit chat through the entire film. Their were several in the audience unfortuantly. One them was asking her boyfriend every ten seconds about what was happening on screen and why. I mean the story was not that complex but then she was blond. I think I will leave it here.

AGateFan
March 6th, 2009, 05:21 PM
I saw it and thought it was pretty good. Seemed reasonably accurate to the book (which I read 20 years ago...guess I should break my copy back out and see how accurate).

Arative
March 6th, 2009, 11:53 PM
Having never read the graphic novel, I thought the movie was pretty good, slow in places but overall good.

Too much blue penis though.

Angela V
March 7th, 2009, 11:25 AM
please people just do not drag your girlfriends along, who is going chit chat through the entire film. Their were several in the audience unfortuantly. One them was asking her boyfriend every ten seconds about what was happening on screen and why. I mean the story was not that complex but then she was blond. I think I will leave it here.


Can we extend that to ANYONE who will talk during a movie. I have read the Graphic Novel (and many others of Moore's). My husband has not. I am still going to take my husband because he knows not to talk in the theatre. He has watched many comic book, sci-fi and fantasy movies so should be able to figure things out well. I say don't take someone who hasn't watch movies with those three genres.

Angela V
March 7th, 2009, 11:27 AM
Too much blue penis though.

Well it does show up a LOT in the graphic novel. And considering how much women boobs are shown in movies I say good for a change! Of course I'm female. :samanime20:

AGateFan
March 7th, 2009, 12:11 PM
I didnt have a problem with the blue guy but I thought the turning 7 or so panels of the novel into what seemed like a 5-10 min sex scene was a bit annoying. They could have cut some of that and showed us some of the commono mans reaction to the escalating cold war tensions like they did in the book so you get a little more sense of the dred and danger.

I also thought Nixon was unconvincing...but hey its always good to see our friend "chekov" in a movie. Even if it is as an american general ;).

Madwelshboy
March 7th, 2009, 01:10 PM
'Watchmen' earns $25.1 mil at the box office on Friday

Friday's box office estimates are in, and Watchmen walked away with a hefty $25.1 million gross on its first full day of release, according to Media by Numbers. That sum is pretty much in line with expectations, and it portends an opening-weekend haul exceeding $60 mil.

Director Zack Snyder's adaptation of Alan Moore's landmark comic kicked off its freshman frame with a $4.6 mil take from screenings that started on Friday at midnight; that initial figure is included in the full day's $25.1 mil total. By comparison, on its opening weekend, Snyder's previous R-rated graphic-novel adaptation, 300, earned $2.5 mil in Friday midnight shows, but it banked an even more impressive $28.1 mil on its first full day, en route to a $70.9 mil debut

http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2009/03/watchmen-update.html

knowles2
March 7th, 2009, 02:21 PM
I didnt have a problem with the blue guy but I thought the turning 7 or so panels of the novel into what seemed like a 5-10 min sex scene was a bit annoying. They could have cut some of that and showed us some of the commono mans reaction to the escalating cold war tensions like they did in the book so you get a little more sense of the dred and danger.

I also thought Nixon was unconvincing...but hey its always good to see our friend "chekov" in a movie. Even if it is as an american general ;).

One of my friends heard the sex scene in the directors cut are even longer, through they are pretty decent length in the film, so we shall see how much gets added in the end.
I agree they needed to show more common people actions. Through to tell you the truth is relative rare to see riot because world problems. May be they the people relies the government had enough problems, plus the shooting of the demonstrators must of convince a lot of people not go out and demonstrate. I do not know if or how they show that in the comic. Again the director cut may of have that in more.
Good point about nixon he was rather poor in this but perhaps he was like that in the comic or perhaps he was the bit where they decide to save costs. His scenes were the least convincing.

I am surprise through that this film only cost 130 million dollars to produce given the length, and considering other films have cost far more and shown far less in recent history.

I wonder if they ever film the oringinal comic ending for the film, I hear that instead of destroying the cite he teleports some sought of monster into new york, which boardcast nightmares to the psychics leaving a last legacy. It be interesting to see if that done for the dvd as a alternate ending.

Through the one in the film did look and sound better the comic book.

knowles2
March 7th, 2009, 02:28 PM
Can we extend that to ANYONE who will talk during a movie. I have read the Graphic Novel (and many others of Moore's). My husband has not. I am still going to take my husband because he knows not to talk in the theatre. He has watched many comic book, sci-fi and fantasy movies so should be able to figure things out well. I say don't take someone who hasn't watch movies with those three genres.

True we can extend that to anyone.

Just in this case it was the couple behind me that really pissed me off and it was the girl asking all the questions. But year I hate it when people talk through the film and do not get me started about mobile phones.
I have not read the novel and I understood what was going on through most the film. Lost track on some of the dialogue towards the end but that because I was getting tired, it was would midnight so I blame the time rather than the film.

I cannot wait until dvd comes out. I got the feeling the more I watch it the more this film will grow on me. Especially as I spot the inside jokes and so fourth.

jds1982
March 7th, 2009, 03:13 PM
I didnt have a problem with the blue guy but I thought the turning 7 or so panels of the novel into what seemed like a 5-10 min sex scene was a bit annoying. They could have cut some of that and showed us some of the commono mans reaction to the escalating cold war tensions like they did in the book so you get a little more sense of the dred and danger.

I also thought Nixon was unconvincing...but hey its always good to see our friend "chekov" in a movie. Even if it is as an american general ;).

Yeah I noticed Colonel Chekov right away. I can see why they changed the ending with the squid monster, it probably wouldn't play well with audiences.

quade_1
March 7th, 2009, 03:23 PM
I thought they did a great job, ya the aliens would have been better but they wanted something more relevant to today. I thought the music was epic, that is the first movie I have ever took notice of the music. My only beef was that it was too short, so I can't wait to see the directors cut.

Madwelshboy
March 8th, 2009, 07:43 AM
The best (and worst) mainstream review quotes about Watchmen

So far, mainstream critics don't seem to like Watchmen all that much.

Out of a dozen reviews we surveyed online and in print, only four seemed to really like it. You could bump that number up to five if you count the guy from Wired, who seemed to love and hate it. But that could be offset by Roger Ebert, who seemed confused that he liked it.

Others, like the New York Times, left no doubt where they stood. "Interminable" is not a word film critics use when they enjoyed a film. Below are some of the more choice quotes about Watchmen—good and bad—from a sampling of the mainstream press:


THE BEST

"Behind the camera is a director whose love of the original comics shines through in every scene, every detail; his determination to do them justice has finally brought this story to the screen in a rich, stirring form for which even the pickiest fan should be thankful."

Kurt Loder, MTV

"I'm shocked to be writing this, given the number of screenwriters, directors and studios this adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' ground-breaking 1986 anti-superhero comic series has gone through, but Watchmen is absolutely devastating. Dense, intense, tragic and visionary, this is the kind of movie that keeps setting off bombs in your brain hours after you've seen it."

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"I'm not sure I understood all the nuances and implications, but I am sure I had a powerful experience. It's not as entertaining as The Dark Knight, but like the Matrix films, LOTR and The Dark Knight, it's going to inspire fevered analysis. I don't want to see it twice for that reason, however, but mostly just to have the experience again."

Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun Times

"The synapse-frazzling ambition of Watchmen is impressive as it lurches from hyperreal Earth to photoreal Mars; it is dizzy, crazy and quite sexy—when it's not being self-indulgent and pointless. If it doesn't quite hang together or add up, or stick faithfully to the comic-book original, these offenses aren't major. What a spectacle."

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Sure, Watchmen is two-and-a-half hours of homage that too often lapses into camp and whose main theses are lost in gory translation, and time likely will not treat the movie as well as it has the comic. But if it brings more people to Moore and Gibbons' original, then mission accomplished."

Scott Thill, Wired

THE WORST

"Dr. Manhattan's existence is busy and fairly melancholy, but I do envy him his ability to perceive every moment of past and future time as a part of a continuous present. If I had that power, the 2 hours 40 minutes of Zack Snyder's grim and grisly excursion into comic-book mythology might not have felt quite so interminable."

A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Clocking in at an exhausting 163 minutes even without some of the book's various subplots, the film forfeits momentum and suspense for a jerky succession of expository dialogue scenes, interspersed with occasional flashes of grotesque ultra-violence."

Tom Charity, CNN

"On the page, Watchmen was a paranoid, mind-tripping pastiche of everything from The Incredible Hulk to Naked Lunch. But when characters who are knowing throwbacks are literally brought to life on screen, they can seem more like half-hearted ripoffs."

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Caught between the rock of fanboy adulation and the hard place of newbie indifference, the R-rated, nearly-three-hour movie version of Watchmen is a cinematic piñata getting whacked from every side. "

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"So now that there's a Watchmen movie, it's disappointing to report that there was probably never a good way to make a Watchmen movie."

Alonso Duralde, MSNBC

"Watchmen's failure hinges precisely on the fault line between a wildly proficient director—which Snyder is—and a visionary. Which he's not."

Devin Gordon, Newsweek

"... the only watch that matters in Watchmen is the one on your wrist. It's telling you life is too short for this movie."

Philip Kennicott, The Washington Post

"The book is always better."

Richard Corliss, Time

http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/the-best-and-worst-mainst.php

Madwelshboy
March 8th, 2009, 12:04 PM
Box Office Report: 'Watchmen' wins the weekend with $55.7 mil

After all the anticipation and hubbub, the weekend is coming to an end and the box office results are here: Watchmen (No. 1) grossed $55.7 million during its first frame, according to early estimates from Media by Numbers.

That's a solid sum, to be sure, although it's certainly on the low end of most projections. Watchmen premiered in more theaters (3,611) than any other R-rated movie in history, and it averaged an impressive $15,413 per venue, despite a potentially problematic long running time. It also scored the biggest debut of 2009 so far. Nonetheless, the movie's $55.7 mil take (including $5.5 mil from 124 IMAX screens) is substantially smaller than the $70.9 mil that 300, the last R-rated graphic-novel movie from director Zack Snyder, earned on its opening weekend two years ago. And aside from that theater-count statistic (which almost any film could break at any time, really), there will be no major records to report on this weekend (for example, Watchmen's debut was just the fifth-best opening ever for an R-rated movie).

I'd argue, in fact, that this opening is a bit soft, considering the great expectations that came with Snyder's adaptation of Alan Moore's landmark comic book -- not to mention Watchmen's hefty grosses from screenings at midnight on Friday and throughout its first day. After attracting some major initial interest, banking $25.1 mil on Friday, the film's audience dropped off dramatically during the weekend: It grossed $19 mil on Saturday and is expected to bring in just $11.5 mil on Sunday. These are all big numbers, don't get me wrong, but, when combined with the fact that the film got a lukewarm CinemaScore grade of B from an audience that was largely comprised of older men, it all points to a rapid downward trend that may be difficult to reverse in the weeks to come.

http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2009/03/watchmen-borept.html

PuddleJumper42
March 8th, 2009, 07:26 PM
I saw the movie this afternoon. I loved it. :D (I've read the book, but my brother and sister haven't, but they both enjoyed it as well.) There were lots of changes, but overall, it was a good adaption. I didn't think it was slow at all. In fact a couple of times, I thought things were moving too fast.

And, some keen eyed fan noticed something in the opening credits: Nite Owl saving the Waynes? (http://community.livejournal.com/watchdom/125379.html) (Better picture here. (http://i44.tinypic.com/2nscjt2.jpg))


Having never read the graphic novel, I thought the movie was pretty good, slow in places but overall good.

Too much blue penis though.

Like Anglela V said, it's in the book. And it's just a penis.


I wonder if they ever film the oringinal comic ending for the film, I hear that instead of destroying the cite he teleports some sought of monster into new york, which boardcast nightmares to the psychics leaving a last legacy. It be interesting to see if that done for the dvd as a alternate ending.

Through the one in the film did look and sound better the comic book.

Um, first off, spoilers much? And secondly, they didn't film the book ending.

knowles2
March 8th, 2009, 08:48 PM
I saw the movie this afternoon. I loved it. :D (I've read the book, but my brother and sister haven't, but they both enjoyed it as well.) There were lots of changes, but overall, it was a good adaption. I didn't think it was slow at all. In fact a couple of times, I thought things were moving too fast.

And, some keen eyed fan noticed something in the opening credits: Nite Owl saving the Waynes? (http://community.livejournal.com/watchdom/125379.html) (Better picture here. (http://i44.tinypic.com/2nscjt2.jpg))



Like Anglela V said, it's in the book. And it's just a penis.



Um, first off, spoilers much? And secondly, they didn't film the book ending.
For one it not a spoiler it obvious that the city are destroyed in the trailer, so it not unknown. It would be a spoiler if I told you that the one who......is the one that does it.

Shame I would not mind seeing it, to see the difference and which one I prefer. Perhaps they will do it just for the dvd version.

AvatarIII
March 9th, 2009, 01:18 AM
i thought it was awesome, i enjoyed it a lot, even my girlfriend enjoyed it, i thought the pace was brilliant, i never got bored for a second, whereas in TDK i was looking at my watch quite a bit in some parts.
my girlfriend asked me a few questions, all of which i answered with "just watch and you'll find out" and she did, i can only imagine the movie is better on the second viewing for people like that.

this movie is better than 300 in every way imho, the gore is brilliantly and comedically done,
watching an unassuming bespectactled guy break a beefy thug's arm is hilarious not something you'd expect to see in real life, but then again clark kent is a just an unassuming bespectacled guy too :D

there are a few things i was sad to not see,
a) more of hollis mason
b) snow speeders :( (they walked!!)

it's a shame to keep the nength of the movie down they cut a lot of characterisation to keep in as much action as possible, i look forward to the directors cut with baited breath :D

pbellosom
March 11th, 2009, 05:29 PM
I loved it, I was quite apprehensive because I havn't seen many good reviews and I've always been one of those people who claimed that you couldn't film it.

I think the new ending works. The original one would have taken so much more time to be set up and given how long the film was I think the new one gives the same basic effect with a fraction of the set up

Madwelshboy
March 12th, 2009, 08:43 AM
Watchmen writer begs fans to see movie again. Please!

In a rare bit of groveling by a screenwriter, Watchmen co-writer David Hayter has posted an open letter to fans to go see the movie again so that more movies like it will be made.

This after the much-anticipated $150 million movie received mixed reviews and failed to crack $60 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend (the final figure is $55,214,334, BoxOfficeMojo reported), which was below expectations.


Hayter's argument is that the movie is unique: A studio-produced faithful adaptation of a challenging literary work, "made by fans, for fans," and that if it fails to garner significant box office revenues, a movie like this will never be allowed again.

"Hundreds of people put in years of their lives to make this movie happen, and every one of them was insanely committed to retaining the integrity of this amazing, epic tale," Hayter (X-Men) wrote. "This is a rare success story, bordering on the impossible, and every studio in town is watching to see if it will work. Hell, most of them own a piece of the movie.

"So look, this is a note to the fanboys and fangirls. The true believers. Dedicated for life," Hayter added. "If the film made you think. Or argue with your friends. If it inspired a debate about the nature of man, or vigilante justice, or the horror of Nixon abolishing term limits. If you laughed at Bowie hanging with Adrian at Studio 54, or the Silhouette kissing that nurse. Please go see the movie again next weekend. ... Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it'll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we'd like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again."

Hayter makes no apologies for the difficult nature of the material. "It may upset you," he wrote. "And it probably will upset you. And all along, we really meant it to. ... And yet ... Trust me. You'll come back, eventually. Just like Sally."

http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/watchmen-writer-begs-fans.php

Madwelshboy
March 12th, 2009, 08:45 AM
Was Watchmen doomed from the start? The post-mortems begin

Edward Blake's corpse isn't even cold yet, and already the pundits are taking apart Zack Snyder's Watchmen and asking: Did it go wrong and how?

It feels like the talking heads are circling the body like vultures in the wake of the movie's less-than-stellar opening weekend, though the jury's still out on the movie's ultimate success. Key will be how the movie performs this coming weekend and how much the box-office take drops off.

Of course, some of us saw this coming: Last October, our writer Jeff Otto came up with 10 reasons mainstream audiences would stay away from the movie. Our Feb. 24 review, meanwhile, was one of the first to suggest that being too faithful to the graphic novel was a weakness.

Now comes columnist Nikki Finke, whose Deadline Hollywood blog looks at the film's prospects going forward with eyes as cold and unforgiving as Rorschach's.

Will Watchmen have legs? "It's way to soon to tell," an anonymous studio mogul tells Finke. "What counts is where a film finishes, not where it starts." Among other things, the creators have already talked about the many different home-video releases planned, which could boost the bottom line significantly.

Even if it continues to make money, there are lots of hands out, especially in light of Fox's settlement with Warner Brothers over the rights to the movie.

Finke also takes a look at the film's $50 million marketing campaign, which some have argued didn't do enough to sell the movie to nonbelievers.

"I hate to think that, after two f--king years of marketing, we're a one-weekend movie," a Warner Brothers executive told Finke. But that may be what happens. "It's impossible to change course now," a studio executive says about Watchmen's long reluctance to even explain what the film is about in its movie trailers and TV ads. "The time to do that was in the last 10 to 12 days before the opening."

http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/was-watchmen-doomed-from.php

knowles2
March 12th, 2009, 04:15 PM
I would if I could afford go and see the film again, because as I said before I feel I would enjoy it more and understand some of the other under tones in the story I missed the first time.

As to advertisment telling people what the film about, the question is how do you do that with the film without making it sound like a other superheroes film bad guys vs good guys with out spoiling the ending. I do not think you can, the comic can be made into a film but can it be advertise without spoil it?

Night Marshal
March 12th, 2009, 08:27 PM
Honestly it cost $17 to see the film once with my wife chance are low that I'm going to pay that again, when I can wait a few mouths and Buy a DVD for that. I understand people worked hard on this but its a well known fact R rated movies don't normally do that well in theaters. Everyone knows this thing is going to sell like Hot Cakes in DVD and Blueray. I'm not overly worried about this film making its money back.

I also must say I enjoyed the film very much.

Coaster
March 13th, 2009, 04:11 AM
Honestly it cost $17 to see the film once with my wife chance are low that I'm going to pay that again, when I can wait a few mouths and Buy a DVD for that. I understand people worked hard on this but its a well known fact R rated movies don't normally do that well in theaters. Everyone knows this thing is going to sell like Hot Cakes in DVD and Blueray. I'm not overly worried about this film making its money back.

I also must say I enjoyed the film very much.

I agree. I liked the film a lot as well, was already a fan of the book, and plan to buy the DVD. But I wouldn't be as inclined to go to the theater again, since I'm now more looking forward to seeing the DVD with the director's cut and the features they say will be on it (such as the castaway's story that didn't make it into the movie). I think there will be huge DVD sales.

If you haven't seen it or are going to go again, and haven't seen it in an IMAX theater yet, try it. I saw it in IMAX and was really glad that I did! It was awesome on the big BIG screen. :D

Madwelshboy
March 13th, 2009, 04:36 AM
5 ways the unfilmable film Watchmen could have an unthinkable sequel

After Watchmen topped the box office this past weekend with a strong, if below expectations, performance, can Warner Bros. really not be thinking about a sequel?

Yes, director Zack Snyder swore he wouldn't return for another movie (aside from a joke sequel published in Bazooka Joe bubblegum, but he himself is proof that the impossible can happen, since a lot of people called Watchmen unfilmable until he filmed it. And he did tell the New York Times, "Listen, they own the rights. If they wanted to go and hire some guy to make them a sequel to Watchmen, I don't know that they would get any of those actors to do it, and I know that I wouldn't have anything to do with it. But they own it. They can do whatever they want."

The actors have also confirmed their contracts carry an "available for sequels clause." Billy "Dr. Manhattan" Crudup also told the Associated Press, "Contractually, we are obligated ... I will do it. I just don't know what it is we would do."

That's the real question about a sequel or prequel. Not would they do it—because Hollywood has shown it will do just about anything for money—but how would they do it? To date no concrete ideas have emerged, but there are a few hints here and there about what might happen, and plenty of historical precedent from Hollywood itself.

Here are five things Warner Bros. is probably already considering:

1. SEQUEL:



If you think doing a straight-up sequel without the guiding hand of Zack Snyder is blasphemous, remember that the sequel rights are controlled by Fox, as part of its settlement with Warner Brothers. Fox is one studio that's never been shy about moving on without original talent. Who decided that the Alien brand could live on without Sigourney Weaver? Fox. When the naysayers claimed that the Terminator franchise should be shut down without James Cameron, Fox made big bucks by betting on Rise of the Machines. If the payoff seems large enough, there's little doubt Fox would do the same with Watchmen.

2. SPIN-OFF:



Hollywood loves a good (or bad) superhero spin-off, with Fox again leading the way. After three X-Men movies, Fox is about to come out with the biggest superhero spin-off to date, Wolverine. The successful Batman flicks resulted in the not-so-successful Catwoman. And even the admittedly lackluster movie Daredevil was deemed deserving of a spin-off called Elektra. There are any number of major and minor characters from Watchmen who could get their own movie, with the most likely candidate being Nite Owl 2. Also, there is no reason Dr. Manhattan couldn't rematerialize Rorschach.

3. PREQUEL:



Watchmen creator Alan Moore himself came up with two concepts for prequels that have not been done ... so far. The first idea was going to be a 12-issue series based on the 1940's superhero team Minutemen. The second proposal was to explore the early life of Rorschach and/or The Comedian through journals or diaries. Neither one leaps off the page as an immediate blockbuster, but there is enough background material there for a screenwriter to run with.

4. BASED ON THE GAME:



There already is another Watchmen story out there, in the form of a video game called Watchmen: The End Is Nigh, which focuses on Rorschach and Night Owl's adventures as a heroic duo in the 1970s before the Keene Act outlawed masks. This one even has a pedigree Watchmen fans should approve of, since it was written by original Watchmen comic editor Len Wein, and Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons served as an advisor during development.

5. REBOOT:



Finally, a reboot or reimagining sounds implausible today, but it's been done in some form with Batman, The Hulk, Superman, The Punisher and even the Fantastic Four (if you count the Roger Corman film as an original). And reinventions of Daredevil and Fantastic Four (again) have been discussed in the news recently, even though those films are only six and four years old respectively. The easiest way to cash in on a Watchmen sequel might just be to remake it. There are certainly enough unused scripts from many previous attempts at making the film, commissioned by everyone from Terry Gilliam to Darren Aronofsky. Admittedly this is probably the least likely scenario in the near future.


It's still unclear whether Watchmen will be profitable or not, despite its mostly positive reviews from fans of the graphic novel. But with a worldwide gross of $92 million heading into its second weekend, one thing's for sure—if audiences listen to screenwriter's David Hayter plea to "Please go see the movie again next weekend," Fox will make sure that in one form or another, someday we'll be watching more Watchmen.

http://scifiwire.com/2009/03/5-ways-the-unfilmable-fil.php

Night Marshal
March 13th, 2009, 09:39 AM
I noticed the ending seemed much more open ended than the Comics. while i know the temptation is to do a sequel its hard to thing of a good way to handle it that doesn't take a way from the original book or this film

jds1982
March 19th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Just a little something funny I found (http://toysrevil.blogspot.com/2009/03/who-watches-walle.html).

AvatarIII
March 20th, 2009, 01:07 AM
The are better (http://www.watchmencomicmovie.com/031609-watchmen-funny-videos.php)

i recommend the saturday morning Watchmen cartoon vid :D

Artha O'neill
April 6th, 2009, 06:45 PM
Some sad news guys:


An Oregon Man Commits Suicide During Watchmen:

A Eugene, Oregon man shot himself to death in a movie theater while watching a late showing of Watchmen, just after midnight Monday morning.

Authorities say about 10 other customers were in Regal Cinemas watching the hit flick when a few registered complaints with the manager of a “popping”-like noise they heard about halfway through the film. The 24-year-old man was found in the rear of the auditorium with a gunshot wound to the head. Police say the man committed suicide and was dead when they arrived.

source (http://www.kmtr.com/news/local/story/Man-shoots-himself-during-Watchmen-movie/H0qmxSQyCkim5hh80WuOSA.cspx)

Madwelshboy
May 14th, 2009, 12:32 AM
Watchmen DVD/Blu-Ray Specs

Watchmen Director’s Cut 2-Disc Digital Copy Special Edition DVD:

Director’s Cut (additional 25 min.)
Newly included footage contains more Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason’s death
The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics [Learn how the subversive, thematically complex, award winning comic that changed literature, inspired analytical debate, and won countless fans, was created]
Watchmen: Webisodes
My Chemical Romance Desolation Row Music Video
Digital Copy

Watchmen Director’s Cut Blu-ray Disc:

Director’s Cut (additional 25 min.)
Newly included footage contains more Rorschach and a scene of Hollis Mason’s death.
Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode [With Watchmen Director Zack Snyder as our host, we’ll dive deep into the intricacies of the Watchmen.]
Director walk-ons with scene analysis
Picture-in-picture video from the cast and crew
Side-by-side comparisons of the graphic novel and the film
Timeline comparisons of our world events to those from Watchmen
Photo galleries of production stills and storyboards
The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics [Learn how the subversive, thematically complex, award winning comic that changed literature, inspired analytical debate, and won countless fans, was created]
Real Superheroes, Real Vigilantes [Explores the fascination and psychology behind real-world vigilantes and where that behavior crosses over into actually donning the hood and behaving as superheroes.]
Mechanics: Technologies of a Fantastic World [The creators of Watchmen had a great understanding of engineering and science, allowing for plausible mechanics in their characters tools and the world itself. This featurette will guide the viewer through the filmmakers process of turning these technologies into cinematic reality]
My Chemical Romance Desolation Row Music Video
BD-Live with even more content
Digital Copy

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/LetsCutTheBS/news/?a=7506

nx01a
May 14th, 2009, 11:59 AM
A bit late with the review...

The Good:
>Almost everything.
>The opening sequence. Wow.
>Using Manhattan as the ultimate weapon/boogie man was far better and more believable than Ozy creating Cthulhu. When I saw the cyclopean cephalopod, I was like... Doesn't this undermine the whole 'real world' base of the book? Mahnattan was an extreme fluke and should have remained the only truly 'super' thing in the comic, but the presence of psychics and the ability to create that kind of creature really took away from the comic for me. And when Cthulhu detracts from a comic, that says alot.

The Bad:
>99 Luft Balloons? Seriously?! I actually said, "Wtf?!"

The Verdict:
>Really enjoyable and faithful to the source material. I plan to buy the dvd and keep it right next to my Absolute Watchmen. :)

nx01a
May 14th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Quick aside...
What do the Star Trek TNG episode 'Night Terrors' *shudder* and the movie Watchmen have in common? You have until Monday, then I reveal. :)

AvatarIII
May 15th, 2009, 12:06 AM
The Bad:
>99 Luft Balloons? Seriously?! I actually said, "Wtf?!"


the lyrics of that song are actually very pertinant to the story, and the fact that war could break out at the drop of a hat, amongst other things.

You and I in a little toy shop
Buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got.
Set them free at the break of dawn
'Til one by one, they were gone.
Back at base, bugs in the software
Flash the message, Something's out there.
Floating in the summer sky.
99 red balloons go by.

99 red balloons.
floating in the summer sky.
Panic bells, it's red alert.
There's something here from somewhere else.
The war machine springs to life.
Opens up one eager eye.
Focusing it on the sky.
Where 99 red balloons go by.

99 Decision Street.
99 ministers meet.
To worry, worry, super-scurry.
Call the troops out in a hurry.
This is what we've waited for.
This is it boys, this is war.
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by.

99 Knights of the air
Ride super-high-tech jet fighters
Everyone's a superhero.
Everyone's a Captain Kirk.
With orders to identify.
To clarify and classify.
Scramble in the summer sky.
As 99 red balloons go by.

99 dreams I have had.
In every one a red balloon.
It's all over and I'm standing pretty.
In this dust that was a city.
If I could find a souvenier.
Just to prove the world was here.
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go.

nx01a
May 19th, 2009, 02:19 PM
Whether or not the lyrics were relevant, the style of the music itself as well as its positioning were quite jarring. Sure, it's a lovey song mixed with the two lovers in the story, but it literally made people in the cinema look around and grumble, if not laugh in that 'WTF' way.

All the answers to my question. Wow! :D
...and now: the eagerly anticipated answer to the mind-boggling question, "What do TNG's 'Night Terrors' and the movie Watchmen have in common?"
http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/en/images/0/09/Hydrogen.jpghttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3468/3288770452_c793cf72ce.jpg:)

Artha O'neill
July 13th, 2009, 09:15 AM
WATCHMEN: DIRECTOR'S CUT

A deleted scene (http://www.latinoreview.com/news/watchmen-director-s-cut-deleted-scene-7371) featuring the Hollis Mason character is up over at Latino Review. In it, Hollis talks to Sally Jupiter and receives house-guests. This might sound boring, but this is a Zack Snyder film
. Consider this a main sequence spoiler if you have never read the book. Promoting the film last spring, Snyder mentioned this was the scene he had the hardest time cutting in the theatrical version.

Plus, CHUD (http://chud.com/articles/articles/20110/1/WATCHING-THE-EXTENDED-WATCHMEN-A-LOOK-AT-THE-EXTRA-SCENES-IN-THE-DIRECTOR039S-CUT/Page1.html) has a list of exclusive seens left on the cutting room floor.

Enjoy.

Alan Wake
July 13th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Some sad news guys:


Eugene (KMTR) – A man shot himself to death in a Eugene movie theater just after midnight Monday morning.

Police say about 10 patrons were in an auditorium at Regal Cinemas watching the movie “Watchmen.” About midway through the film some of the moviegoers told the manager they heard a “popping” noise like a gunshot. A 24-year-old man was found in the rear of the auditorium with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say the man shot himself and was dead when they arrived.

The patron closest to the man was sitting two rows away.


source (http://www.kmtr.com/news/local/story/Man-shoots-himself-during-Watchmen-movie/H0qmxSQyCkim5hh80WuOSA.cspx)

I guess he didn't like the film.

DigiFluid
July 13th, 2009, 06:49 PM
Some sad news guys:



source (http://www.kmtr.com/news/local/story/Man-shoots-himself-during-Watchmen-movie/H0qmxSQyCkim5hh80WuOSA.cspx)

Well....I liked it, anyway.

MB.Eddie
July 15th, 2009, 08:11 PM
Saw this the other day and thought it was great! Better than Sin City.

Have never read the comics.

MIZA
July 23rd, 2009, 11:00 PM
i thought it was awesome, i enjoyed it a lot, even my girlfriend enjoyed it, i thought the pace was brilliant, i never got bored for a second, whereas in TDK i was looking at my watch quite a bit in some parts.
my girlfriend asked me a few questions, all of which i answered with "just watch and you'll find out" and she did, i can only imagine the movie is better on the second viewing for people like that.

this movie is better than 300 in every way imho, the gore is brilliantly and comedically done,
watching an unassuming bespectactled guy break a beefy thug's arm is hilarious not something you'd expect to see in real life, but then again clark kent is a just an unassuming bespectacled guy too :D

there are a few things i was sad to not see,
a) more of hollis mason
b) snow speeders :( (they walked!!)

it's a shame to keep the nength of the movie down they cut a lot of characterisation to keep in as much action as possible, i look forward to the directors cut with baited breath :D




Yeah i enjoyed Watchmen quite a bit most people i have talked see it is good , but very weird ! i don't think my Mom liked it she didn't like the strong sex and violence , but i think that added to the movie quite a bit.

i especially liked Jackie Earle Haley i thought he is very cute in the movie with and without the mask

AvatarIII
July 24th, 2009, 12:17 AM
geez another rorschach thunker :rolleyes:

MIZA
July 24th, 2009, 02:24 AM
geez another rorschach thunker :rolleyes:

well at least he is not Dr. Manhattan being blue and naked all day he leaves nothing to the imagination ohhh !, Rorschach is interesting and mysterious and tough as nails , just the way i like them


i am sure you can tell i am female !

AvatarIII
July 24th, 2009, 04:36 AM
you should go to www.watchmencomicmovie.com i am a member of the forum there and there are a lot of rorschach thunkers over there :)

MIZA
July 24th, 2009, 06:37 PM
you should go to www.watchmencomicmovie.com i am a member of the forum there and there are a lot of rorschach thunkers over there :)




thanks i will check that out , is there also a forum where they believe that Dr. Manhattan is anatomically correct? lol