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Well, technically it's The Minutemen

27 May 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: aintitcool.com

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Aintitcool has a brand new picture from The Watchmen. You can click the small version below to see it in close up (Warning: There be burly men in nut-huggers). If you're wondering why everyone looks so old-fashioned and Adam West-y, it's because the characters in this shot are actually The Minutemen, who are the precursors to The Watchmen some 40 years before. If you compare the photo with the panel from the original comic book beneath it, you can clearly see how close Zack Snyder's filmic vision is to the source material. Their costumes look homemade because they're the first wave of crimefighters and made all their get-ups themselves.





In the new picture the characters are, from left to right:

Silhouette: Other than the fact that her real name Ursula Zandt and she's a Jew who fled Nazi Germany, there's little known about her. The public revelation of her homosexuality lead to her departure from the group.

Mothman: Real name Byron Lewis, he barely figures in the comic but was popular with the group.

Dollar Bill: He was employed by a bank to be their in-house super-hero, stopping robberies and such. A cape snagging incident, which lead to his demise, seems to be clear inspiration for a brilliant joke sequence in The Incredibles.

Nite Owl I: Hollis Mason was inspired to super-heroism by the example of Hooded Justice (see later entry) and his exploits went on to inspire one Dan Dreiberg, who is the Nite Owl that we meet in the main story of the film, played by Patrick Wilson.

Captain Metropolis: AKA Nelson Gardner, the man who brought the Minutemen together and established the concept of crime-fighting teams. The causes he chose to defend were generally highly conservative and sometimes bigoted, which is somewhat ironic given that he was having an affair – and we doubt this will figure much in the film, so isn't much of a spoiler – with a male member of the team.

Comedian: A fairly nasty piece of work, this surly devil who makes his superheroing decisions based mainly on how they help him is the person who triggers the story that unfolds in Watchmen.

Silk Spectre I: Sally Juspeczyk made the unusual career move from stripper to superhero. She's one of the main public faces of the group. Her daughter Laurie (the one in all the stretchy yellow business in the promotional photos) took over her mother's mantle, albeit reluctantly.

Hooded Justice: Nobody knows for sure who this man really was, due to the mask he wore at all times. He was the first superhero, in the comic book's timeline, and one of the founders of The Minutemen.

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Dollar Bill?
It's keeping to the source material, yet they've left out Dollar Bill... More

Posted by I miss the 90s at 21:43 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Looks like a load of old balls? Fanboys making costumes?
L: adzman Nope, because that looks like a load of old arse as well. To be fair the fact you guys get so obsessive about it puts me off more than the actual "graphic novel" (always makes me laugh that one) itself. hy would it make you laugh? Graphic Novel was originally a term to distinguish between a one-off story done as a comic, but not previously released as individual comics. Now it covers collected editions. Quite simple really. I have a feeling you're in the wr More

Posted by Najemikon at 19:39 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

spot on
i dont know why people are complaining it looks exactly like it does in the comic and its staying true. if they changed the costumes it would look crap but they havent. so good work Zack Snyder More

Posted by Dr Manhattan at 19:37 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: New Watchmen Picture
Looks like it's shaping up.  The next person who posts and says 'the costumes look crap what's that all about?' is a rotten egg.  I'm not a comic book fan but I enjoyed Watchmen, and I will be thoroughly interested to see how/if they manage to to pull it off. More

Posted by SamuelFPalmer at 15:58 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Looks like a load of old balls? Fanboys making costumes?
Nope, because that looks like a load of old arse as well. To be fair the fact you guys get so obsessive about it puts me off more than the actual "graphic novel" (always makes me laugh that one) itself. More

Posted by adzman at 14:43 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Looks like a load of old balls? Fanboys making costumes?
Wow. That's absolutely on the money. This film i] right. I just hope it right. More

Posted by Heskin Radiophonic at 10:15 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

Looks like a load of old balls? Fanboys making costumes?
...ever even cast your eyes over the source material? Cocks. More

Posted by Wraggsterino at 09:59 on 28 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Masked Dave Guys, they're supposed to look shit. The point of the Watchmen is to ask 'what kind of fucked up person dresses in lycra and beats up people anyway?'. The answer? THOSE GUYS. Also, they're in the bloody 40s, it wasn't like high tech fabric was just rolling off the isles. t might also be worth mentioning explicitly for those who don't know what Watchmen is, the story isn't set in the 1940s.  These are not the main characters, or at least not the costume style of More

Posted by Najemikon at 23:54 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Actually, remind yourselves of George Reeves black and white version of Superman. It's rather similar in style. More

Posted by Masked Dave at 22:53 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Guys, they're supposed to look shit. The point of the Watchmen is to ask 'what kind of fucked up person dresses in lycra and beats up people anyway?'. The answer? THOSE GUYS. Also, they're in the bloody 40s, it wasn't like high tech fabric was just rolling off the isles. More

Posted by Masked Dave at 22:51 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Made for TV movie?
You are certain that this is going to be a full cinematic release? It looks like a bunch of fanboys have made their own costumes. More

Posted by mike2005 at 19:49 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Arse
Looks a load of old balls to me. More

Posted by adzman at 18:52 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Arse
Looks a load of old balls to me. More

Posted by adzman at 18:51 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Arse
Looks a load of old balls to me. More

Posted by adzman at 17:43 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Cool!
That pic gave me flashbacks about the first time I read this graphic novel. Looks identical. More

Posted by H is the greatest at 17:40 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

hmmmm
I gotta say I have little to no interest in this film. From what I've seen the costumes look terrible. I thought, when they gave batman nipples, we'd seen the worst of it... not so... not so at all. More

Posted by minute44 at 17:36 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Arse
Looks a load of old balls to me. More

Posted by adzman at 17:33 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

hmmmm
I gotta say I have little to no interest in this film. From what I've seen the costumes look terrible. I thought, when they gave batman nipples, we'd seen the worst of it... not so... not so at all. More

Posted by minute44 at 17:28 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: New Watchmen Picture
They all look like they could have walked out of the old B&W Batman serials.   Love how awkward they all look. Apart from Nite Owl. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 16:54 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE: New Watchmen Picture
The Comedian in the Minutemen is in the Watchmen, isn't he? I'm trying to figure out if it's Jeffrey Dean Morgan in that Minutemen photo. The square jaw and big grin could be his, but it's kind of hard to tell. If it's just a photo, then the ageing process wouldn't matter so much, but it would for any flash back scenes. More

Posted by Acho at 16:27 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Fantastic
I've got my reservations about this film, but that looks spot on. They're meant to be a bunch of amateur crimefighters almost 'playing dress up', basing their costumes on 1940's comic books, and that's what they look like. When the god-like Dr. Manhattan shows up and tries to fit in with these guys it'll be great. More

Posted by The_Hat at 16:05 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: wooz Oh no.... it doesn't look like a photo from 1940. It looks like some geeks at an art college whipped up a few costumes, took a picture on their crappy digital camera and added a sepia tone. It looks like a horrendous fancy dress party that happened last week. Terrible. sp; Um... that's the point isn't it?  More

Posted by danielcraft at 15:52 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

It looks perfect.... wooz have you even read the GN? Its tackiness is very deliberate... More

Posted by AYBGerrardo at 15:22 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

I love backstories like that!
It's all very Metal Gear Solidy! More

Posted by Seamie at 15:12 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Oh no.... it doesn't look like a photo from 1940. It looks like some geeks at an art college whipped up a few costumes, took a picture on their crappy digital camera and added a sepia tone. It looks like a horrendous fancy dress party that happened last week. Terrible. More

Posted by wooz at 15:12 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post

Great
That is absolutely spot on More

Posted by LOGANSRUN at 15:10 on 27 May 2008 | Report This Post


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