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Watchmen (2009)

Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Stephen McHattie
Directors: Zack Snyder

U.S. Opening Date: March 6th, 2009


A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity . . . but who is watching the watchmen?

Based on the 12-part DC Comics series written by Alan Moore and featuring art by Dave Gibbons.


Appropriately dubbed the “Citizen Kane of comics” by one British magazine, Watchmen has had a huge influence on both the comics media and popular culture. Its influence can be felt in anything from other comics, TV shows such as Heroes and movies such as Mystery Men and The Incredibles.

Its epic tale of embittered superheroes has definitely struck a chord. Throughout the years there has been quite a few stabs at bringing Watchmen to the big screen (at one point 12 Monkeys director Terry Gilliam was rumored to be set to do it) until the project was finally green lit with director Zack Snyder at the helm of things. Snyder is a promising young director who has scored hits with the excellent Dawn of the Dead remake and 300 and he seems to be the guy for the job, especially as Watchmen’s stylized comic book world will benefit from extensive CGI background work.

Except . . .

Thus far the cast announced is a bunch of pretty new young faces – which misses the point as it is a tale of embittered middle-aged superheroes. However, if Snyder can use CGI to manage fake abs for the Spartan warriors in 300 then one supposes that he can digitally age the cast as well. (X-Men 3 did the opposite in its opening scenes starring a “younger” Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.)

We here at Sci-Fi Movie Page have always thought that a mini-series would be the best way to bring justice to the brilliant Watchmen and its complex universe, so here’s hoping to a nice three-hour superhero epic like, um, Spider-man 3 . . .




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