The most widely-read and critically-acclaimed graphic novel in history is now coming into film. Following the success of 300, Zack Snyder now attempts the near impossible as he adapts Alan Moore’s Watchmen into a 2-hour movie. Fans of the novel believe a short movie could not give justice to the sprawling epic.
During the teaser screening of a 20-minute footage of the film, those invited were treated to the energetic portrayal of some scenes in the novel. This led them to believe that Snyder did make the impossible possible. Despite unfinished visual effects and temporary music, it was obvious that Snyder was intent on his dedication to bring the original text into film.
The opening twelve minutes of the movie starts with the attack on the Comedian (Jeffery Dean Morgan) with brutal fist fights that remind you of the slow-to-fast motion of the fight scenes in the 300. However, the setting seems more natural as these were shot on actual sets instead of green screens. This was followed by the opening credits which retells the history of the book’s alternate universe.
Two more scenes from later in the film were also shown which introduces the heroes, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Ackerman), and Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). Judging from the scenes, it appears that the filmmakers will deliver an R-Rated adult movie that will not soften the novel’s violent, sexual, and political nature.
According to Snyder, he has shown the movie to some who have not read the novel and they have been able to follow the plot. As a matter of fact, he expressed desire to be able to watch it with fresh eyes — unaware of how the story will unfold. The film currently runs at 2 hours and 45 minutes but the later DVD edition will be expanded to include an additional animated story within the story. The movie is slated for release on March 6, 2009. Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse of the most awaited movie in 2009.