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Behold, The Watchmen Trailer!
Commence excitement...now!

18 July 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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Watchmen, created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is widely regarded as the greatest graphic novel in history – and not without reason. So the pressure on a movie adaptation of that work is immense. But if you watch the trailer for Zack Snyder's take on the story, we think you'll agree that all is looking very promising. Click the image below to see it, then check out our screen-to-comic comparison here.

Watchmen tells the story of a world where costumed heroes have been outlawed, but a small band are brought back together after someone starts picking off their now retired contemporaries.

Behold, The Watchmen Trailer!
Click the image to view the trailer

Snyder has nailed the look of the comic, but without making it look slavish or too primary coloured. We love the tiny moment when you see the ink in Rorschach's mask start to shift. And the realisation of blue, naked, glowing Dr Manhattan is near faultless. Those costumes, which we weren't 100% convinced by in the first images, work brilliantly in motion. Our excitement levels just rose several notches. What do you think?

Watchmen, which stars Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, is released in March 2009.

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a worry...
Is anyone else concerned about the brief appearance of who is clearly the character Adrian Veidt? In the book the tall impressive, influencial, intentionally aryan figure is described by a journalist who goes to interview him as being as close to God-like as a human could be, when he sees him in his full costume doing gymnastics. The figure we see in the trailer looks like some scrawny nerd, with an arrogant haircut and a face most would want to punch. If they have got this character wrong th More

Posted by mrnick at 11:52 on 02 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Batman and Robin
The use of the Smashing Pumpkins track was deliberate.  Don't you guys know anything?  Don't you see the deliberate irony?  Don't you get the symbolism?  Don't you think that despite its 'pedigree' of being associated and written for one of the most campy superhero movies in recent times, it was just about perfectly in tone with the trailer?  I joined this site hoping to find intelligent movie goers but with some of the comments I've seen so far (especially in regards t More

Posted by KeithM at 13:04 on 25 August 2008 | Report This Post

Batman and Robin
Love the trailer, although isn't it a touch unnerving that the Smashing Pumpkins soundtrack is an orchestral version of the song produced for the godawful Batman and Robin... (The End Is the Beginning Is The End)? Here's hoping it isn't an omen. More

Posted by mangygoats at 16:00 on 20 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Voices
From pringfield Punxrl]:   img209.imageshack.us/img209/4484/rorschachwatchmenak8.g if More

Posted by Tank Boy at 21:03 on 17 August 2008 | Report This Post

dark knight
WELL AFTER BEING A HUGE BATMAN COMIC FAN ALL OF MY 37 YEARS THEY HAVE ACTUALLY GOT IT RITE WITH NO DO,S OR DONTS FORGET THE RATHER PALE IN COMPARRISON WITH MR CLOONEY AND CO .GOD BLESS HEATH LEDGER THE DARK KNIGHT CAN ONLY GET DARKER,GOD BLESS HEATH LEDGER FOOKIN SUPERB X More

Posted by thecutman at 13:31 on 09 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Penguins4Freedom This is nearly a perfect copy except for the music which I thought Pendulum would do. sp; Don't, I've just eaten my breakfast. More

Posted by tftrman at 08:53 on 07 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry folks but this does look shite!
Oh good god no. Aside from the Comedian only one other main character dies (Go read the book to find out who) and if he survives considering he left a significant clue as to what was going on in the actual book, it seems rather pointless. Here's hoping they keep it faithfull because as I said in the previous post, I reckon that the trailer indicates a faithfull conversion to the silver screen. I would hate to think that all that good faith so far atained was squandered by fucking it all up at t More

Posted by Jayarcea at 20:05 on 06 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Please don't mention S*p*rm*n R*t*rns in the same breath as either Dark Knight or Watchmen (or Iron Man for that matter) please.  It's insulting. As you say - don't get me started... More

Posted by KeithM at 20:47 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Tenacious P Good God this looks utter rubbish. What with Incredible Hulk being not being a patch on Ang Lee's take & Dark Knight being good but not great, it's been left up to Iron Man to save the comic book movie. Roll on Man of Steel I say to show us a proper superhero again after the sublime Superman Returns. sp; You're a mentalist aren't you?  The Dark Knight good but not great!  It was perfect in my opinion. And as for Ang Lee's shitter of a movie, don't get me More

Posted by kinge247 at 19:17 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

I Just Cant Wait
There have been loads of Stop Start projects over the years about the making of Watchmen and all have left me a little cold! When I first heard that Zach Snyder was to head the project, I though hear we go again! Arnie for Dr Manhattan anyone? Then I heard that it was still gonna be set in the 80's with no new realisation, well not to the story anyway!  (I was now starting to get mildly excitied). Now I've watched the trailer and thank fuck, its amazing. Character costumes updated (I mean More

Posted by benbob at 11:39 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry folks but this does look shite!
How can anyone who's read the GN be blown away?  I read it when it originally came out (was working in a comic shop at the time and didn't know much about it till it came in) and until I saw the teaser, I was extremely dubious. Not no more. I'm 41 years old and I clapped my hands and shrieked with glee when I saw this teaser.  I don't do that (well not since Spider-man came out).  I have to confess, I even had a little tear in my eye afterwards... really. I'm ther More

Posted by KeithM at 21:07 on 03 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Sorry folks but this does look shite!
/quote] L: Jayarcea ONLY JOKING. The trailer looks awesome. So much so that I went out and bought the book. And, aside from the slightly daft ending, I thought was excellent. And judging by the trailer, the seemingly much maligned Zach Snyder has done a spot on job so far. Let's hope the final film doesw the book, not to mention Alan Moore, justice. aha the ending is one of the things that people are raving to be kept in. I assume you mean the lien attacking new york the deep moral dil More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 01:21 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

Sorry folks but this does look shite!
ONLY JOKING. The trailer looks awesome. So much so that I went out and bought the book. And, aside from the slightly daft ending, I thought was excellent. And judging by the trailer, the seemingly much maligned Zach Snyder has done a spot on job so far. Let's hope the final film doesw the book, not to mention Alan Moore, justice. More

Posted by Jayarcea at 20:04 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

God I love this trailer!!!
Am I the only person who watches this trailer whenever their feeling a little off or down just perk me up!!? However the film turns out this is an amazing trailer in it's own right from the mood, to the mystery (for anyone who hasn't read it to death already) and that song. Bravo! More

Posted by bronco3114 at 10:48 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Moore doesnt care about the films.  Been burnt twice, even then he had no imput into the films whatsoever. He's always said he wrote them as comics and to work as comics, not films More

Posted by kenada_woo at 18:55 on 30 July 2008 | Report This Post

The novel is absolutley great and im glad its finall making the screen. I always had this thing going around in my head of how would I make a trailer for this movie. This is nearly a perfect copy except for the music which I thought Pendulum would do. More

Posted by Penguins4Freedom at 18:30 on 30 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: What does Alan Moore Think?
L: Drew_231 L: sinj I was very worried about this film looking and being naf, but the trailer has set my mind at ease. I wonder if Alan Moore feels the same and will put his name on the credits? e's actually negotiated to have his name removed, and his share of the money to go to Dave Gibbons (the artist) sp; Not sure if that is stupid of him or great? Frank Miller is heavily involved in his adaptions and we know the result from that :)   But I can imagine, More

Posted by Overmind at 18:13 on 30 July 2008 | Report This Post

YIPPEEEEE!
This film can't come around fast enough! Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme! More

Posted by ROTGUT at 12:28 on 30 July 2008 | Report This Post

I fear I just jizzed my pants. This looks fucking great. Roll on 2009... More

Posted by gregoire at 22:54 on 29 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: What does Alan Moore Think?
L: sinj I was very worried about this film looking and being naf, but the trailer has set my mind at ease. I wonder if Alan Moore feels the same and will put his name on the credits? e's actually negotiated to have his name removed, and his share of the money to go to Dave Gibbons (the artist) More

Posted by Drew_231 at 18:08 on 29 July 2008 | Report This Post

Perfect Comic
The comic was the greatest Comic ever to come out, so why change it? Worked damn well with Sin City. There is room for both Comic Book adaptions and super hero films. Films based on books have been doing it for ages taking parts and sections word for word and no one minds that, look at No Country For Old Men most of that is word for word from the book. More

Posted by Death_Row_Marv at 12:08 on 29 July 2008 | Report This Post

What does Alan Moore Think?
I was very worried about this film looking and being naf, but the trailer has set my mind at ease. I wonder if Alan Moore feels the same and will put his name on the credits? More

Posted by sinj at 11:54 on 29 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wow!
L: bronco3114 I haven't read Watchmen (though a copy has now been ordered) but I'm now very excited by what is probably the best trailer I've seen since the 1st Cloverfield... outstanding! sp; Dont say that? im hoping this film is actually good.   Ive bought the watchman graphic novel with rave reviews from the guy behind the counter. Good so far1! More

Posted by Frank Castle at 23:23 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

Tenacious P
Dark Knight - "good but not great"? With all due respect, shut up. There's really no pleasing some perfectionist geeks who are just looking to find fault with everything that comes out. More

Posted by Johnny C at 23:04 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

Tenacious P
Dark Knight - "good but not great"? With all due respect, shut up. More

Posted by Johnny C at 23:03 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: and the real fans wet themselves
L: Overmind But they dont kiss there in the book, quite the opposite. I fear it is a happy ending. That would be to revolting. So I keep my faith in Znyder. What is a movieargue without a kiss anyway ote] ok i have way too much time on my hands here i know but i checked again and they do kiss on the roof chapter 4, page 17 edit: Your right they dont kiss on the marsmansion, im talking about earlier in the comic, and thats where I think th More

Posted by Drew_231 at 21:12 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

comic-book/superhero films
I have to disagree with Mike2005 - I don't see adaptations of comic books ending anytime soon (it is like saying movies of book adaptations will end)....Dave Gibbons wonderful drawings in the Watchmen graphic novel felt like film storyboards - so it makes sense to use the same angles. More

Posted by Makman at 20:40 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

The comicbook hero/ superhero movie bubble is going to burst and I think Watchmen may be the one to do it. It looks crap.What is the point of filming the comic book frame for frame? The refreshing thing about the latest Batman films is that they touch on what has gone before and improve it. More

Posted by mike2005 at 18:16 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: and the real fans wet themselves
L: Drew_231 L: Overmind Not sure what I shal make of the scene in the trailer where Doc Manhattan and Silk Spectre2 kiss at the Marsmansion..... might be wrong, but I think that shot is actually of when they first kiss on the rooftop But they dont kiss there in the book, quite the opposite. I fear it is a happy ending. That would be to revolting. So I keep my faith in Znyder. What is a movieargue without a kiss anyway More

Posted by Overmind at 17:50 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

Excellent trailer. Didn't think they could nail the book but snyder seems to have crafted a miracle. the tone and look of the film and the characters are litterally ripped from the book and that song sets the dark mood of the novel perfectly. Anyone know what that song is? People may call Dark Knight the best comic book movie ever, it may be? But only for a few months!!! More

Posted by m.quigley84 at 15:57 on 28 July 2008 | Report This Post

Good God this looks utter rubbish. What with Incredible Hulk being not being a patch on Ang Lee's take & Dark Knight being good but not great, it's been left up to Iron Man to save the comic book movie. Roll on Man of Steel I say to show us a proper superhero again after the sublime Superman Returns. More

Posted by Tenacious P at 23:48 on 24 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: and the real fans wet themselves
L: Overmind Not sure what I shal make of the scene in the trailer where Doc Manhattan and Silk Spectre2 kiss at the Marsmansion..... might be wrong, but I think that shot is actually of when they first kiss on the rooftop More

Posted by Drew_231 at 20:53 on 24 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Where to buy the comics
They seem to have gotten Dr. Manhattan just right. I was worried that he might look a bit lame and obviously CGI but he seems to fit in just fine with the world they've created. More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 18:45 on 24 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Where to buy the comics
Ozymandias does looks too young and slight compared to the comics however.   Apart from that it looks amazing. The bit where Dr Manhattan is killing the Vietcong with the choppers in the background is a killer shot. The blue colour of his body and the contrast with the orange sky and fire - NICE More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 13:19 on 24 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Where to buy the comics
In answer to Kevmccann's query - you can probably buy "Watchmen" in bookstores that selles graphic novels (eg. Waterstones, Borders). You can also purchase via the web by Megacity Comics.com or Forbidden Planet (also ebay). Great Trailer! More

Posted by Makman at 15:14 on 23 July 2008 | Report This Post

Finally!
I have been waiting for this trailer ever since there were wispers of a film many many years ago and my god does it look good. Dr Manhatten and Rorschach look superb and it also looks like Snyder has stuck close the the mood and general storyline with some of the shots taken straight out of the book (Manhatten blowing the vietcong away, creating a palace on Mars and Night Owl & the Comedian quelling a riot are but a few) Still don't think mathew Goods looks good as Ozymandius but everyone el More

Posted by K CellarDoor at 10:24 on 23 July 2008 | Report This Post

BEST TRAILER EVER - WHERE CAN I GET THE COMICS?
This has to be the best trailer for a movie - EVER! (I dare say that it won't do the Smashing Pumpkins record sales any harm either!) I have never been fortunate enough to read Watchmen, does anyone know where I can get hold of them? More

Posted by kevmccann at 09:50 on 23 July 2008 | Report This Post

THERE BE SPOILERS HERE(for those who havn't read watchmen)
The trailer is very very good, but I have just one problem with the film. Ozymandias. First of all, casting Mathew Goode wasn't exactly a bad idea but at the same time it wasn't exactly an inspiring bit of casting. Second, his costume. He isn't exactly the bad guy of the story but towards the end of the book it certainly seems so, either way it's a big surprise in the book(the first time round anyway) and putting a skinny guy in a black clumsy looking costume blatantly suggests that he is the ba More

Posted by zebobo at 20:13 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: and the real fans wet themselves
L: Ma7MaN I have read Watchmen every year for the last 10 years and the thought of a movie both makes me want to have a heart attack with excitement and also hate the everyday people who will now start to go "seen that new superhero movie, Watch-something, dont look as good as SpiderMan", This is the most exciting, compelling, thought provoking and emotional graphic novel ever made. dont spoil it and put a happy ending inuote]   Not sure what I shal make of the scene in the trail More

Posted by Overmind at 18:48 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

and the real fans wet themselves
I have read Watchmen every year for the last 10 years and the thought of a movie both makes me want to have a heart attack with excitement and also hate the everyday people who will now start to go "seen that new superhero movie, Watch-something, dont look as good as SpiderMan", This is the most exciting, compelling, thought provoking and emotional graphic novel ever made. Please dont spoil it and put a happy ending in! More

Posted by Ma7MaN at 17:54 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

Holy Crap!!
Behold, fans!!! Gone are the days of cheap adaptations and cheesy reiterations. I had read Watchmen damn near ten years ago and loved it. It was a different kind of comic, rife with gripping themes and boiling currents and undertones that may be difficult for the uninitiated to grasp. This movie looks to snatch that magic that Moore and Gibbons bottled and serve it to the masses who will never enjoy the graphic novel. Kudos to Snyder for helping to tap a rich vein in comic hall of fame. More

Posted by chewynewyork at 17:43 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Who watches the Watchmen...
If some crazed drooling fanboy imbecile had had his way. Not me Jon... Not me... For anyone feeling that the teaser wasn't.... quite enough... I give you..... !link=http://www.logicalcreativity.com/jon/watchmenpost er.jpg] Travesty is a word i'd use... Yeah... Someo More

Posted by oui3d at 15:20 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

WOWWWWWWW!!!!!!
To say that I cannot wait to see if the film lives up to the trailer iks a slight understatement. Thats the best trailer since the ill-fated Phantom Menace trailer hit our lives in 1998. Please please please do not let George Lucas near this film!!! More

Posted by meno36 at 09:20 on 22 July 2008 | Report This Post

Wow!
I haven't read Watchmen (though a copy has now been ordered) but I'm now very excited by what is probably the best trailer I've seen since the 1st Cloverfield... outstanding! More

Posted by bronco3114 at 17:56 on 21 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Behold, The Watchmen Trailer!
L: Fluke Skywalker Gotta say that looks absolutely outstanding and sticking a remixed Smashing Pumpkins track on it was a great idea as well, completely removing itself from the average comic book movie trailer with a complete lack of any cheesy strings Can't wait to see how the ending is committed to screen as well. else think the CGI in this movie looks slightly better or more refined than what we've seen before? ]   The CGI looks very slick and streamlined, th More

Posted by Kazuya at 12:04 on 21 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: EPIC
L: kenada_woo L: MoBiUGeArSkIn L: kenada_woo I dont think Snyder's best trait is his writting. The screenplay was written by David Hayter. e see, I dont think he's done any rewrites.  He wrote a script beards ago (which is on the web) that I think enticed Paul Greengrass to have a go a doing.  I dont think Hayter has mentioned anything about Watchmen even when he was doing his Metal Gear 4 promo's just recently.   My guessing is they're using his o More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 11:59 on 21 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Behold, The Watchmen Trailer!
Gotta say that looks absolutely outstanding and sticking a remixed Smashing Pumpkins track on it was a great idea as well, completely removing itself from the average comic book movie trailer with a complete lack of any cheesy strings   Can't wait to see how the ending is committed to screen as well. Anyone else think the CGI in this movie looks slightly better or more refined than what we've seen before? More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 11:58 on 21 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Behold, The Watchmen Trailer!
Superb trailer. Still looking as much forward to the film as I was when it was announced. Can't wait. More

Posted by Kazuya at 11:34 on 21 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: EPIC
L: MoBiUGeArSkIn L: kenada_woo I dont think Snyder's best trait is his writting. The screenplay was written by David Hayter. e see, I dont think he's done any rewrites.  He wrote a script beards ago (which is on the web) that I think enticed Paul Greengrass to have a go a doing.  I dont think Hayter has mentioned anything about Watchmen even when he was doing his Metal Gear 4 promo's just recently.   My guessing is they're using his old script. More

Posted by kenada_woo at 22:43 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

Re: Uh-oh
Thanks for pointing that out XenonXylophone (re The end is the beginning is the end) - I stand corrected.... and slightly less worried :oD Kv More

Posted by Kev@CTU at 21:14 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: uh-oh.....
I knew nothing about the watchmen till i saw this trailer. Since then i`ve ordered the novel,read shit loads of stuff on the net,watched alan moore interviews on you tube.even downloaded the smashing pumpkins song and i`ve watched the trailer  loads of times. I thinks its fair to say that something about it has captured my imagination. More

Posted by Porrohman at 20:02 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: uh-oh.....
L: Kev@CTU I hope this isn't a bad omen but the last time I heard a movie use "the end is the beginning is the end" by the smashing pumpkins was Batman and Robin....... hh, but this is 'The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning', a different version of the song which is significantly less rocking. And I'm sure Snyder is well aware that the original was used in Batman and Robin. Perhaps this is a sign that this film adaptation will subtly look at comic book movies in a critical fashion? More

Posted by XenonXylophone at 18:54 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: EPIC
L: kenada_woo I dont think Snyder's best trait is his writting. sp; The screenplay was written by David Hayter. More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 17:55 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

OMG
WOW. JUST.WOW. More

Posted by niallc15 at 16:56 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

OMG
WOW. JUST.WOW. More

Posted by niallc15 at 16:55 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

OMG
WOW. JUST.WOW. More

Posted by niallc15 at 16:55 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Najemikon And if it does work... I mean really work... no punches pulled, no concessions to the mass audience to simplify the story, it could pave the way for Preacher. Can you imagine Jesse Custer and The Saint of Killers properly rendered? sp; Please god yes! More

Posted by kinge247 at 15:01 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

Meh...... More

Posted by Mr.Screen at 14:41 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

uh-oh.....
I hope this isn't a bad omen but the last time I heard a movie use "the end is the beginning is the end" by the smashing pumpkins was Batman and Robin....... Kv PS Damn, the movie looks good though! More

Posted by Kev@CTU at 12:48 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

looking good
i dnt really know a lot about Watchmen but i am quite excited by the look of this film. the special effects look excelent at an early stage. roll on 2009 More

Posted by JOSH23 at 09:35 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I bought the graphic novel
As a fan of WATCHMEN from when the graphic novel first came out, I ama little worried about how much they do the story justice. However, we haev to remember that, even in a three hour movie, there's only so much plot detail that they can honestlyput in. The Jackson LOTR trilogy should be a good example of that. I would make an argument, though, about the trailer creating themost excitement since "King Kong". While djshaiguy's taste may differ, I'd have to say that the trailer that provided More

Posted by Griezz at 01:56 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

I bought the graphic novel
Well I just bought the actual graphic novel today so I know exactly what is going on. I'm actually surprised how many of the comic book panels he seems to have put into the film so far. The comic does have some flaws but I think they could easily be ironed over with a capable script writer. God this film is going to take forever to come out. More

Posted by SolarDave at 00:42 on 20 July 2008 | Report This Post

Please for the love of God have some depth
By the look of this trailer and the fantastic Smashing Pumpkins background score, this could be amazing. But, having no knowledge of the Watchmen comics and being one of the many that dismissed 300 as a beautiful but shallow waste of space, this better have a strong enough plot to keep me from snoozing. More

Posted by djshaiguy at 22:14 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

losthighway
I couldn't agree more, mate. A trailer hasn't got me this hyped since KING KONG in 2005. Cannot effing wait!!! More

Posted by SteffanUK at 21:25 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: EPIC
I dont really care if it looks stunning (I guess ripping panels from a comic identically makes you "visionary" nowdays), it could be shot on toilet paper for all I know.  For me its down to the script. The comic (IMO) isnt flawless and does have faults that would stick out like a sore thumb on film.  So unless he's changed things but kept the context of the book intact then Snyder will be onto a good film.  But if he's not, which I think he's g More

Posted by kenada_woo at 20:46 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: what the fuck
U know Maddog, Watchmen is for people with more then a 50-word vocabulary. Now move on... More

Posted by amerelium at 20:38 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

what the fuck
what the fuck is this shit it looks wank jesus christ what a waiste of fucking a hundred mill. More

Posted by Maddogbifftannen at 19:35 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

i havent ever read the watchmen graphic novel or heard about it till i heard about the movie, but this does look pretty dope, especially that bit that goes 'and i will say no' ill go watch it in the cinema More

Posted by aaron_jason_green at 19:20 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Can't Wait To 2009!
Whoa! The dude who did the excellent 300 is back and better than ever. It looks stunning, action packed and full of endless violence! I am looking forward to this and the DVD as well. I hope it's a hit for him because he is the dude! More

Posted by joanna likes films at 17:41 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Voices
"God help us" all would be the Comedian - uttered as he observes that Dr Manhattan has lost touch with humanity. More

Posted by amerelium at 17:19 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Voices
L: chrysalisloall I'm pretty certain the last voice is Comedian's, I remember that being one of his lines in a flashback I think. The "God help us" does not sound like something Rorschach would say, so I'm tending towards Dr Manhattan, as he had a different colour speech bubble in the comic. It did sound like Rorschach should sound though. can't work out right now who said "God help us", but I'm certain that it would be Dr Manhattan or Rorschach. I'm leaning more towards the Comedian for More

Posted by AlextheSuperfly at 17:05 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Level of detail
Main gripe has been how does was fit all the layers into film. Weel, looking at this teaser, methinks they might pull it off. There's a lot of detail even here: Reflections in windows, shadows from stuff out of frame, etc. Movie might turn out like the comic: You have to watch it several times to get it all. Oh, and watch out for the sure-to-be-released much longer DVD version... More

Posted by amerelium at 16:52 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Level of detail
Main gripe has been how does was fit all the layers into film. Weel, looking at this teaser, methinks they might pull it off. There's a lot of detail even here: Reflections in windows, shadows from stuff out of frame, etc. Movie might turn out like the comic: You have to watch it several times to get it all. Oh, and watch out for the sure-to-be-released much longer DVD version... More

Posted by amerelium at 16:49 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Impressive!
I know nothing about the Watchmen comic but that trailer has got me intrigued. I think the slowed down version of Smashing Pumpkins song from the 'Batman & Robin' soundtrack helped matters. It really elevated the imagery. More

Posted by losthighway at 16:36 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

I've got a lot of time for Zack Snyder, but I laughed out loud when 'the visionary director of 300' line came up, as if he was the next Terrence Malick or something. Otherwise it looks pretty good, gritty without being overly realistic. They really went to town on the slo-mo though... More

Posted by citizen_smith at 16:35 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: sanchia L: Manchurian candidate L: The REAL Bozz The trailer has me very interested in this. However I don't feel I'll enjoy the actual comic. ard it's a bit of a bore by todays standardsls look lush ore by todays standards? In my experience it's yet to be bettered. Well said.  It is a powerful character piece with a strong storyline which holds the interest and doesn't allow for boredom.I remember when i first read it i finshed and then started it again.  And More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 16:25 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Re: Lamp bashing
The lamp twatting would have to be the assasination attempt on Veidt... More

Posted by amerelium at 15:54 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Never watched a trailer so many times. Just can't stop. You see the bit when the Comedian is chucked through the window and you just get the tiniest glimpse of the smiley badge before it cuts? Well in the film film that badge continues to fly towards the screen until it completely fills it, then it freeze frames and the title comes up. That's how the film starts. Maybe. More

Posted by markywin at 15:15 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Who's that twatting the bloke a lamp like thingy? I don't remember that bit. More

Posted by markywin at 15:11 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Voices
I'm pretty certain the last voice is Comedian's, I remember that being one of his lines in a flashback I think. The "God help us" does not sound like something Rorschach would say, so I'm tending towards Dr Manhattan, as he had a different colour speech bubble in the comic. It did sound like Rorschach should sound though. More

Posted by chrysalisloall at 14:23 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Rubbish...
Looks very good. I just hope it has more substance than the extremely vacuous 300. More

Posted by Biggus at 14:15 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Rubbish...
Looks like 'LXG' meets 'V For Vendetta', both of which were utter tripe in my opinion. That said, I though the Transformers trailer was rubbish and that turned out to be a lot of fun and very well handled in the end. More

Posted by sunflies at 11:13 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: CGI - better than Hulk
L: AlextheSuperfly I thought it was excellent. Like a lot of you, I'm not convinced by Ozymandias , but it could still work, so I'm gonna hold fire on that one... agree that his suit still looks a bit odd, however the shot of him taking out the assasin was really good (albeit was only 1 second long) More

Posted by Drew_231 at 11:10 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: CGI - better than Hulk
I thought it was pretty amazing That shot of Night Owls ship rising from the waters with New York in the background pretty much sold me The trailer is definatly aimed at the fans of the comic, which is fine for now. The movies still 8 months away, plenty enough time to create a buzz and release another two trailers more story orientated. Obviously its too soon to tell how the film handles story and character, but certainly based on the trailer, its going to look spectacular. The More

Posted by Drew_231 at 10:59 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: CGI - better than Hulk
I thought it was excellent. Like a lot of you, I'm not convinced by Ozymandias , but it could still work, so I'm gonna hold fire on that one... I think that everyone else looks stunning, and I'm hoping that the choice of music is an indicator that Snyder has indeed captured the mood of the novel. (I say it's time this song was reclaimed from that Batman and Robin monstrosity!) On a side note, I'm loving the little details: the aeresol can Rorschach used is a Veidt brand. Nice touch! More

Posted by AlextheSuperfly at 10:46 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: CGI - better than Hulk
I see a lot of comments from people complaining about CGI locations in this movie and while there may be some there won't be the same level as 300. If you've seen any of the online production diaries you'll know that the production crew used many physical locations and even constructed a whole New York street set in the Watchmen comic style - the level of physical detail for this type of movie is stunning alone. As for the CGI itself it doesn't look too bad at all from the trailer. Yeah, s More

Posted by optimus at 10:45 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Nice Music Shame About the CGI
L: Greygor L: badsanta The trailer works mainly because of the music and slo-mo visuals. The CGI is nothing to write home about. Dr Manhattan is even less impressive than the Hulk, and, yes the water coming off the ship doesn't work. Film directors: please watch Batman Begins to see how miniatures can still be used to great effect. And if you think Nite Owl looks like a twat you should see how he looks in the graphic novel. watched it HD and so no real problems with the CGI. Not su More

Posted by sanchia at 10:41 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

CGI - better than Hulk
I have to disagree about the CGI - Dr. Manhattan looks fantastic, much more realistic than the terrible Hulk (in the excellent "Incredible Hulk" film). The whole look of the film captures the tone of the graphic novel wonderfully. I suspect the film will be like "Blade Runner" - it will take a few years before ordinary cinemagoers appreciate the film fully.   I'm glad they have decided to use the Brazil/Batman 1989 movie look. More

Posted by Makman at 10:04 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

The music used in the trailer
Not to put a downer on things but the music used in the trailer (The beginning is the end is the beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins) is the alternate version of the end is the beginning is the end first used in... Batman & Robin. Although by the looks of the trailer I hope that's where the connection ends. More

Posted by curtisdamian at 10:03 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

The music used in the trailer
Not to put a downer on things but the music used in the trailer (The beginning is the end is the beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins) is the alternate version of the end is the beginning is the end first used in... Batman & Robin. Although by the looks of the trailer I hope that's where the connection ends. More

Posted by curtisdamian at 09:56 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Nice Music Shame About the CGI
L: badsanta The trailer works mainly because of the music and slo-mo visuals. The CGI is nothing to write home about. Dr Manhattan is even less impressive than the Hulk, and, yes the water coming off the ship doesn't work. Film directors: please watch Batman Begins to see how miniatures can still be used to great effect. And if you think Nite Owl looks like a twat you should see how he looks in the graphic novel. watched it HD and so no real problems with the CGI. Not sure of your More

Posted by Greygor at 09:10 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

Nice Music Shame About the CGI
The trailer works mainly because of the music and slo-mo visuals. The CGI is nothing to write home about. Dr Manhattan is even less impressive than the Hulk, and, yes the water coming off the ship doesn't work. Film directors: please watch Batman Begins to see how miniatures can still be used to great effect. And if you think Nite Owl looks like a twat you should see how he looks in the graphic novel. More

Posted by badsanta at 03:55 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: sanchia L: Manchurian candidate L: The REAL Bozz The trailer has me very interested in this. However I don't feel I'll enjoy the actual comic. ard it's a bit of a bore by todays standardsls look lush ore by todays standards? In my experience it's yet to be bettered. Well said.  It is a powerful character piece with a strong storyline which holds the interest and doesn't allow for boredom.I remember when i first read it i finshed and then started it again.  And hand More

Posted by Najemikon at 02:04 on 19 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Manchurian candidate L: The REAL Bozz The trailer has me very interested in this. However I don't feel I'll enjoy the actual comic. ard it's a bit of a bore by todays standardsls look lush ore by todays standards? In my experience it's yet to be bettered. sp; Well said.  It is a powerful character piece with a strong storyline which holds the interest and doesn't allow for boredom.I remember when i first read it i finshed and then started it again.  And handily i More

Posted by sanchia at 23:43 on 18 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Heh
The trailer is fucking stunning all round. The best trailer since... ages. Looks so much better than I expected and the choice of music is spot on. It's a powerful thing indeed. More

Posted by MoBiUGeArSkIn at 23:21 on 18 July 2008 | Report This Post

Heh
Smashing Pumpkins track on the Transformers soundtrack was called Doomsday Clock. More

Posted by AmirReza at 23:18 on 18 July 2008 | Report This Post

Heh
Smashing Pumpkins on the Transformers soundtrack was called Doomsday Clock. More

Posted by AmirReza at 23:14 on 18 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Visually Stunning and true to the source...
L: nortonglr But the hardest job of all will be to condense the narrative into a film. Bear in mind that the parallel running "Black Freighter" story has been ditched already-its now a DVD extra- what else will be missing? der convince the studio to release a 2hr 30m plus movie? Despite these concerns-I cannot wait to see this!ote] I'd be surprised if it wasn't at least that long - the source material probably warrants it and if you think about how long the biggest grossing films of More

Posted by Super Hans at 21:01 on 18 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Behold, The Watchmen Trailer!
Now I've only read the graphic novel once so I'm hardly an expert on it, but that trailer looks awesome!  Love the track used in it, really seems suited the dark, serious tone of the story.  Having seen the publicity shots I knew the main characters looked decent  anyway but they look great in action, including Dr Manhattan.  Hopefully the translation of the story itself will be as good as the visual translation. *****SPOLIERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVENT READ IT**** More

Posted by Super Hans at 20:52 on 18 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: The REAL Bozz The trailer has me very interested in this. However I don't feel I'll enjoy the actual comic. ard it's a bit of a bore by todays standardsls look lush ore by todays standards? In my experience it's yet to be bettered. More

Posted by Manchurian candidate at 20:19 on 18 July 2008 | Report This Post

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