Watchmen movie release, one year and counting

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Postby Hammer of Los » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:07 am

I quite liked "The Watchmen," but for the greatest, most politically astute comic ever produced, you just can't beat Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill’s "Marshal Law;"

The government has commissioned living weapons of mass destruction to wage war on terror. The survivors return home broken, bitter, insane. Some form gangs, some go psycho. Some turn into ‘A’ list celebrities with ‘A’ bomb fists. The city is now a war zone.

San Futuro needs a Super Cop to enforce summary justice. His eyes will reflect the rocket’s red glare. He is Twilight’s Last Gleaming…

MARSHAL LAW


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Now, a film of that would be worth watching. Then again, likely not. They'd probably cast Silvester Stallone (or er, whoever the contemporary equivalent is, I don't get out much these days)...
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Postby Jeff » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:30 pm

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Postby OP ED » Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:19 pm

Jeff, you have this talent for taking whatever nightmare scenario is playing in my head and making it high-def.

I'm not sure whether to thank you for that or not. :?
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Postby Jeff » Tue May 27, 2008 2:01 pm

Picture of "The Minutemen" released today.

"What we have below is a photo that the Minutemen took - Who are the Minutemen? Well in WATCHMEN - it was the first TEAM of superheroes that formed in 1939 and pulled a BEATLES in 1949. In the pic below you'll see the classic SILK SPECTRE and NITE OWL... you'll see CAPTAIN METROPOLIS, MOTHMAN, SILHOUETTE, COMEDIAN, DOLLAR BILL and with the noose... HOODED JUSTICE."


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Postby orz » Tue May 27, 2008 2:17 pm

Now that's more like it.

Still, will be no good.
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Postby tKl » Tue May 27, 2008 11:51 pm

You can stone me now - I didn't really like the comic book. It bored me.
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Re: Who sees what when.

Postby tKl » Tue May 27, 2008 11:54 pm

IanEye wrote:
Hugh wrote:Few will go see the whole movie.
Far more will see just the title and heroic framing.


Hugh watches the Watchmen.
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Hugh watches the Watchmen.
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Hugh watches the Watchmen.
Hugh watches the Watchmen.
Hugh watches the Watchmen.
Hugh watches the Watchmen.
Hugh watches the Watchmen.


L Oh fuckin' L - clever!
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Postby OP ED » Fri May 30, 2008 12:53 am

tKl wrote:You can stone me now - I didn't really like the comic book. It bored me.



it'd probably be better just to throw copies of the book at you. heavier than stones, books are.

honestly, i don't think its his best work. but its better than mosts' best works. it was probably neccessary.

it may or may not be compatible with film. personally, i doubt it. it'll probably at least be entertaining enough to be worth my [$$$$] for an evening.

they have to at least try to do it properly. otherwise they'll be crucified.

but whatever.

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Postby Attack Ships on Fire » Fri May 30, 2008 3:17 am

Having stood inside the Owlship, Gunga Diner, Doc Manhattan's laboratory, Rorschach's prison cell and a bunch of other places and watching what Snyder and the team were cooking up, my expectations of the "Watchmen" movie went from jaded comic book fan to this could be one of the best comic book adaptations of all time. And if I say anything further than that The Comedian is going to come and kick my ass.

Look for the trailer in front of Mr. Gotham City's new movie next month.
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Postby Jeff » Fri May 30, 2008 7:56 am

Attack Ships on Fire wrote:And if I say anything further than that The Comedian is going to come and kick my ass.


Whaaaaa?

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Postby tKl » Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:48 am

The story is still boring.
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Postby thurnundtaxis » Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:48 pm

Everything I've seen so far seems to indicate that the stylistic visual treatments are some of the best comic book translations ever.

My concern is with the formatting. Compression of the work to movie length,
although supplemented by a dvd of "the Black Freighter" story, and attendant webisodes to provide further exposition, seem a well intentioned
though clunky attempt at giving us the "most" out of the storyline.

My wish would have been for this creative team to have been able to produce
The Watchmen as a 12 episode cable tv miniseries.

In the wake of successful Showtime and HBO series I feel that route may have marked a grand missed opportunity, should this project fail through over-reach conflicting with format limitations.
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Postby Jeff » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:11 pm

thurnundtaxis wrote:My wish would have been for this creative team to have been able to produce
The Watchmen as a 12 episode cable tv miniseries.


It does seem like a story that needs that long to tell.



Watchmen: Three Hour Theatrical Cut? 4 1/2+ Hour Directors Cut DVD Planned

Zack Snyder is in post production on his big screen adaptation of Watchmen, and is currently sitting on a three-hour superhero movie.

And the eventual Ultimate Edition DVD version of the movie (think Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings extended editions on crack) will no doubt be over four and a half plus hours in length. More on that in a bit. Since a big screen adaptation of Watchmen was first announced, many fans of the original Alan Moore comic book mini-series wondered how Tales of the Black Freighter, the story-within-the-story, would be handled, if at all.

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http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/05/27/wat ... d-planned/

NOTE: I'm moving this thread to Culture Studies. I keep looking for it there....
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Postby mulebone » Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:02 am

Who needs a Watchman movie anyway?

Why does every comic fan need film for validation?

Here's a combination of Alan Moore and film that looks like it's actually worth wasting lifetime on.

http://www.shadowsnake.com/Mindscape_trailer.html
Well Robert Moore went down heavy
With a crash upon the floor
And over to his thrashin' body
Betty Coltrane she did crawl.
She put the gun to the back of his head
And pulled the trigger once more
And blew his brains out
All over the table.
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Postby Jeff » Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:38 pm

The trailer has just been released:

http://www.empireonline.com/video/watchmen/
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