Opening Today: We Can Finally Watch the “Watchmen”

by | March 6, 2009 at 7:35 PM | Comic Book Movies, The Movies


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After months of hype, months of legal uncertainty and decades of development hell, the film adaptation of Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons’ critically-worshipped and genre-redefining graphic novel Watchmen has finally arrived in theaters. A gritty deconstruction of the concept of the super-hero set in the dizzyingly paranoid Cold War era, it’s so dense that it has long been deemed “unfilmable” outside of a 12-hour HBO miniseries. But Zack Snyder has tried to do it in a 2 hour and 40 minute theatrical release, and a planned 3.5 hour DVD director’s cut. Has he succeeded? That’s for you to decide.

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But first, check out the immense amount of clips and quips we’ve got from this much-anticipated and extremely daring movie after the jump. Let’s watch the Watchmen, shall we?

Director Zack Snyder gives us the overview of the uniquely layered story of Watchmen.


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The Comedian a.k.a. Edward Blake (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) demoralizes the Watchmen before they even form their team.


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Nite Owl a.k.a. Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson) and Ozymandias a.k.a. Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) discuss Rorschach’s theory of a killer hunting “masks” – i.e. former costumed vigilantes – as well as the impending nuclear holocaust.


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Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and her mother and predecessor (Carla Gugino) talk about the Comedian, and the dark future ahead of them.


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Nite Owl and The Comedian try to quell a crowd of protesters during a police strike.


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Dr. Manhattan, the former Jon Osterman (Billy Crudup), reflects on the accident that gave him unimaginable power.


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Dr. Manhattan recalls his emergence as the American weapon that won the Vietnam War.


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Nite Owl and the Silk Spectre come out of retirement to save people from a burning building.


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The disturbed and angry Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) and Nite Owl have an argument.


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Go behind the scenes to see how they created this visual feast!

Learn the super-heroic history of the world of Watchmen, including the World War II-era heroes The Minutemen.
Go deeper into the relationship between Sally and Laurie, two generations of Silk Spectres.
Learn how they made Rorschach’s unique mask.
Check out how they created the blue wonder that is Dr. Manhattan.
See the making of the Archie the Owlship.

And don’t forget to check out the DVD companion piece to Watchmen, the animated version of the comic within the comic, the dark pirate saga Tales of the Black Freighter, featuring the voice of Gerard Butler.