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Movie released by and © Warner Bros. and DC, Mar. 2009
Synopsis: The death of one of their own reunites the Watchmen in an effort to prevent the end of the world.
Writer: David Hayter and Alex Tse, from a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman and Matthew Goode
Review: To be honest, your Comics Bronze Age editor had decided not to review this film. The original comics were beloved, but Watchmen was one of the signposts of the post-Bronze era. Seeing it a second time made it clear such an event should be noted. Watchmen, the movie, is reverently faithful— so much so that it can be hard to judge separately from the graphic novel. Dense and intricate, the film seems unlikely to appeal to a non-comics audience. That’s probably not a bad thing, as limited success makes it less likely Warner will pursue a sequel sans Alan Moore.
Second opinion: 65 percent fresh on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, though only 43 percent fresh with top critics.
Cool factor: It’s Watchmen on the big screen, often scene for scene, line for line.
Not-so-cool factor: Alan Moore’s unhappiness with the film being made. Understandable, but unfortunate.
Collector’s note: If you’re planning to pick up the Director’s Cut on DVD this summer, do so knowing an “Ultimate Edition” should be out in time for Christmas.
Character quotable: “I’m used to going out at 3 a.m. and doing something stupid.” — Silk Spectre.
A word from the director: “We all want to please Alan, and I think that’s a noble thing to want to do. There’s nothing wrong to get the guy who frickin’ created the thing to not hate it.”” — Zack Snyder at Comic-Con International 2007, reported on /Film, Jan 3, 2008
A word from the co-creator: “I will also be spitting venom all over it for months to come.” — Alan Moore on the Watchmen movie, in the Los Angeles Times’ “Hero Complex” column, Sept. 18, 2008.
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