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On the eve of Watchmen

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With only one week to go before the release of Watchmen in cinemas across the globe it is definitely time to get excited, very excited. 

By all  accounts from those who have seen the early previews, the film lives up to expectations. With it being possibly being the most anticipated film adaptation of a comic ever, especially amongst hardcore fanboys, the anticipation of whether it will live up to the legendary graphic novel of industry-god Alan Moore has been felt by fans and the film’s creators alike. At this point, things are looking good. Just by reading any interview with Zack Snyder (director of 300 and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead), you certainly get the feeling that he is a true fan of the source material and that this film is a labour of love. 

For more tangible evidence that the film is in good hands, just check out the all promotional stuff that is available online. The official website http://watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com/ is full of posters, videos and other cool shit that makes you wish you were watching the movie right now damn it! Make sure to visit the site of The New Frontiersmen, based on the fictional right-wing newspaper from Moore’s novel, as it is full of really interesting viral-style articles and other media based on the world of Watchmen.

Who will be watching the Watchmen next week? Well I am for sure, and I guess a whole lot of other people will be too. Will you?

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Written by Dale Weber

Thursday, 26 February, 2009 at 5:43 pm

New Watchmen Poster

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Here is the latest poster for the film adaptation of graphic novel Watchmen as reported by SuperHeroHype:

http://www.superherohype.com/news/watchmennews.php?id=7756

Written by Dale Weber

Thursday, 6 November, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Who will watch the Watchmen? I know I will!

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For any Watchmen fans out there who might be anxious about Zack Snyder’s films adaptation should check out this SuperHeroHype.com report on the latest footage revealed at a Warner Bros.’s studio. 

From the description, I would say this is definitely a film to look forward to, for fans of Alan Moore’s graphic novel, as well as newbies. There is always going to be trepidation when adapting such a complex, and well-loved source material to the screen. And certainly according to some of the comments being left at SuperHeroHype by fans, there is no way the film-makers can please everyone. A little bit of creative license is always going to happen when fitting a story into a new medium. From the trailer, the posters, the comments from Snyder himself and of course the description of this latest footage, I get the feeling that the film will not only look fantastic but will succeed in capturing intricacies of narrative and the mood of the graphic novel as a whole. At least we can all hope!

And here is the trailer if you have not seen it yet:

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/watchmen/

Written by Dale Weber

Tuesday, 14 October, 2008 at 5:56 pm

Watchmen: New posters unveiled for film adaptation

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A whole bunch of posters for the new Watchmen film adapted from the famous graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons can be found at SuperHeroHype.com. The posters look amazing and add to the hope that this film could actually be a pretty good adaptation. It is being helmed by 300 director Zack Snyder, so visually the film is probably in good hands but how he and screenwriters David Hayter & Alex Tse handle the complex narrative of Alan Moore’s masterpiece remains to be seen. If the effort gone into making the posters is translated onto the cinema screen fans should have a film to look forward to.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/watchmennews.php?id=7562

Here is a link to the Watchmen trailer. Enjoy.

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/watchmen/

Written by Dale Weber

Tuesday, 5 August, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Graphic Novel Review: Watchmen

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I have just finished reading the famous graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The first thing that comes to mind upon its completion is “Wow”. No doubt about it, this is a truly amazing piece of literature. That’s right, I said “literature” when referring to a graphic novel. I had heard from various places and sources that Watchmen was a landmark piece in the comic book world and that it, along with some other works such as Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns mini-series, helped establish a new-found respect for comics and graphic novels as pieces of literature with complex and intelligent story-lines and characters. 

Well I now understand what all the hype was about. Watchmen is complicated, dark, psychological, intelligent, philosophical and much more. It’s characters, it’s mood and it’s fleshed-out history and world, as well as the amazing unfolding of the intertwining plot-lines place Alan Moore as an intensely creative and smart writer. He takes the traditional detective and super-hero story structures found in past comics and infuses them with post-modern techniques of inter-textual cultural mash-ups, a cheeky self-reflexivity and a well constructed hyper-real version of our own world and history.

The story of Watchmen basically tells of a world with a similar history to ours but one that contains actual super-heroes. Set in the 80’s during the cold war but with a few differences such as Richard Nixon still being in power, the Vietnam War having been won by the Americans and the world running on electric cars. Most of these differences have come from the only super-hero who really has what would be called “super-powers”, Dr. Manhattan. But now these caped-crusaders have been outlawed, except for a couple like Dr. Manhattan who work for the US government. The main plot-thread is that there seems to be a conspiracy to kill or get rid of all the super-heroes and the subsequent race to find out the truth, with the cloud of imminent nuclear war hanging over the world. Told through a narrative that unfolds bit by bit, including flashbacks and from many perspectives, we are slowly able to piece together the puzzle.

What differentiates the characters in Watchmen from those found in most earlier comics is their extremely complicated personalities, which fleshes out the super-hero icon like never before. And now complex personal character backgrounds are a staple in the comic book world. Moore’s characters have to deal with personal issues from impotence and social alienation, to nihilism and psychosis. Furthermore, he addresses wider social issues such as the pervasiveness of new technologies, the clash of political ideologies and their continued influence on the violence in our world, and the arguments for and against utilitarian sacrifice of human lives.

Alan Moore’s writing is superbly supported by the artistry of Dave Gibbons. While some of the imagery may seem a little dated in the face of modern comic art, especially some of the super-hero costumes, Gibbons excels in other areas. The moody tones he creates, smoothly moving from one to another often on the same page, sublimely establishes the atmosphere for each narrative section of the novel. A fulfilling gimmick is used by Gibbons whereby each chapter begins with a close-up of something indecipherable that is revealed in subsequent panels and perfectly reflects the complex unfolding of Moore’s narrative.

Look, Watchmen is fantastic. A piece of fiction that you will keep going back to and be constantly impressed by. Whether a fan of the graphic novel or not everyone should give it a read. It really is that good. 

Written by Dale Weber

Tuesday, 15 July, 2008 at 7:28 pm