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31 July 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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It was the most talked about movie at this year's Comic-Con, its first trailer sent the internet into paroxysms of glee and now Watchmen is gracing the cover of the new issue of Empire.

Actually, make that two covers of the new issue of Empire, which features our visit to the set of next year's most talked about comic book movie.

Click either of the covers below for a closer look.


As if that's not enough, we also have four brand new images from Zack Snyder's adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel. Click the images below to see larger versions.


For more on this month's Empire, click here to read our interactive preview.


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RE: please dont kill it!
That is a fair point, assuming most of the clips in the trailer are from 'flasback' scenes. More

Posted by jfhudson at 10:42 on 10 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: please dont kill it!
L: jfhudson My only problem with the whole thing now is that the actors they've chosen all seem to be far too young. s you know, the story takes place over a period of about 20 years.  It's basically easier to age a younger actor than to make an older actor look younger. More

Posted by KeithM at 21:19 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

RE: please dont kill it!
I saw the trailer and the pictures before reading Watchmen and my first thought was 'man, they've got some really gimpy costumes' and I wasn't too impressed by the trailer either. Having now read Watchmen, however, I understand that the costumes are supposed to be a bit lame and how closely the shots from the trailer match the original drawings from the novel, so i can appreciate how someone with no prior knowledge wouldn't be too excited whilst a fan would be over the moon. My only problem wit More

Posted by jfhudson at 20:18 on 04 November 2008 | Report This Post

please dont kill it!
Im a major fan of Moore's and Watchmen sits in my collection as the patriach! Considering how poorley league of extraordianry gentlemen was done, and how "From Hell" another Moore work was recieved, prospects don't look too good, yet the trailer satisifes. If this reaches the cult status of "V for Vendetta" than i will be over the moon, but please dont go down the line of how Marvel have wrecked many of the characters portrayed, this is not the time for reinvention of "f More

Posted by tallcorbs at 15:17 on 07 August 2008 | Report This Post

Not Sure Really.
I have just finished reading the graphic novel and I have to say it was pretty good. Not brilliant but good. I'm still a little unsure on how this will be received next year by the non comic geeks. Great characters, interesting timeline. Crummy Ending. If this film is a page by page copy then people who haven't read the novel will be leaving wondering what they've just spent there money on. More

Posted by somara1972 at 09:38 on 06 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Hype
L: dizcostu007 Firstly I hAven't read the novel and i don't know if I will. The trailer looks good and the idea looks good. But I am fed up of something that was relased in the 80's being given all the credit for modern day stories, instead of stuff that has gone before. They say without watchmen you wouldn't have hancock, wrong. Wolverine is the original anti-hero, who takes care of things in his own way. Fair enough this may be very good, but the whole comic book world didn't start in 1 More

Posted by Drew_231 at 21:01 on 05 August 2008 | Report This Post

Hype
Firstly I hAven't read the novel and i don't know if I will. The trailer looks good and the idea looks good. But I am fed up of something that was relased in the 80's being given all the credit for modern day stories, instead of stuff that has gone before. They say without watchmen you wouldn't have hancock, wrong. Wolverine is the original anti-hero, who takes care of things in his own way. Fair enough this may be very good, but the whole comic book world didn't start in 1986. More

Posted by dizcostu007 at 20:36 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: it's all arse
L: adzman L: hexagonsun70 i agree with arseman, there have been far too many "cool" movies lately. give it a rest, film industry! how about some complete shit FOR ONCE?? I'm sick of all these films that are visually stunning but are in fact total bollocks.  How about making some films that have a good plot, maybe a story for a change?  Instead of churning out this crap until people can take no more. sp; Heres an example of excellent story and stunning visuals. Lord More

Posted by kinge247 at 19:49 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL EVER!
L: croninja "Heroes" and "The Incredibles" totally ripped off Watchmen! The whole plot of Season 1 of Heroes is a direct lift from Watchmen, and Sylar being a Watch-maker with god-like powers also blatantly mirrors Jon Osterman/Doctor Manhattan. Mr Incredible, on the other hand, is a copy of Nite Owl, a chubby washed-up hero pining for his glory days. The "Supers-getting-killed-off" story also directly homages Watchmen. Watchmen deserves some major respect! think Heroes was awar More

Posted by somekindof_battery at 04:08 on 04 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Call Me Cynical
 Never read the comic (or graphic novel). I like the concept, and idea that nixon is still in power in the 80s, looks interesting, as does the tightness of the ladies clothing. Was going to get the book and read about it but i figured ill just wait for the film, all i have done is read a little about the characters, and so far I like the look of it. To Adzman - Can understand that you are sick of films being made that arent to your taste, but different people dont share the same opini More

Posted by yiarkungfu at 23:16 on 03 August 2008 | Report This Post

Call Me Cynical
Please don't patronise, we all know the purpose of a trailer. I did say call me cynical earlier, but ther have been som many of these things that come in on a wave of hype, from very good source material from all genres that have turned out to be dreadful. Also as I said, my instinct for these things are that this will get 5 stars from Empire only to be shot down later, and they suddenly change their opinion. I hope I'm wrong, I watched the trailer without sound first and thought it dread More

Posted by adzman at 18:27 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: it's all arse
I'm not trying to defend the graphic novel; just to point out that the film isn't necessarily going to be, as you imply, all style. I may be proven wrong, of course, but remember that you can't really judge a film's content too well from the trailer. The trailer is intended both to give fans a treat, and to entice potential new viewers. It's not going to contain any deep messages or dark truths about humanity. The film itself might; give it a chance, don't slam it based on a few pictures and a More

Posted by DesolationRow at 18:22 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: it's all arse
I've never said anything against The Watchmen, never read it, probably never will. More

Posted by adzman at 18:15 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: it's all arse
Well, as people have been patiently explaining for some time now, Watchmen is very much substance; at least, the graphic novel is. It isn't some cheesy superhero film as you seem to be assuming; rather it's a complete inversion of the whole superhero concept. The slightly cheesy, primary-coloured look is an ironic facade to the blacker-than-black heart of the story. If the film captures even one iota of that, and I believe it will from what I've seen, it could be truly magnificent. More

Posted by DesolationRow at 18:07 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: re: it's all arse
L: hexagonsun70 i agree with arseman, there have been far too many "cool" movies lately. give it a rest, film industry! how about some complete shit FOR ONCE?? Funny, by using the quotes the implication was that the "cool" films were in fact shit, I suppose that kind of thing is wasted on people whose literary level doesn't get much passed comics. I'm sick of all these films that are visually stunning but are in fact total bollocks.  How about making some films that have a good More

Posted by adzman at 17:40 on 02 August 2008 | Report This Post

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL EVER!
"Heroes" and "The Incredibles" totally ripped off Watchmen! The whole plot of Season 1 of Heroes is a direct lift from Watchmen, and Sylar being a Watch-maker with god-like powers also blatantly mirrors Jon Osterman/Doctor Manhattan. Mr Incredible, on the other hand, is a copy of Nite Owl, a chubby washed-up hero pining for his glory days. The "Supers-getting-killed-off" story also directly homages Watchmen. Watchmen deserves some major respect! More

Posted by croninja at 15:23 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

re: it's all arse
i agree with arseman, there have been far too many "cool" movies lately. give it a rest, film industry! how about some complete shit FOR ONCE?? More

Posted by hexagonsun70 at 14:48 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Adzman is all arse...
] I must say that I have absolutely no qualms with reading a COMIC. Guess What?There are thousands of people who also have no qualms with the fact that they read COMICS, watch COMIC movies, attend COMIC Cons and do all of this dressed in COMIC T-shirts.   The fact is that there is a difference between the Graphic Novel and Comics. Johnny C I think has said it best really so I am not going to reciprocate any of his comments (which are just pne geek to another)   As for the t More

Posted by Chan_Solo at 11:38 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Adzman is all arse...
Perhaps my personal attack on Adzman was somewhat mis-guided and for that I apologise. It just felt like his comment reeked of someone who actually hadn't read the source material but still insisted on passing judgement. I think I also got out the wrong side of bed this morning and that didn't help. I'll agree that the concept of Watchmen is far-fetched but no more so than a multitude of other films, novels, and TV shows (Heroes springs to mind) but that doesn't change the fact the if you suspen More

Posted by Dr. Sax at 11:28 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Adzman is all arse...
Perhaps my personal attack on Adzman was somewhat mis-guided and for that I apologise. It just felt like his comment reeked of someone who actually hadn't read the source material but still insisted on passing judgement. I think I also got out the wrong side of bed this morning and that didn't help. I'll agree that the concept of Watchmen is far-fetched but no more so than a multitude of other films, novels, and TV shows (Heroes springs to mind) but that doesn't change the fact the if you suspen More

Posted by Dr. Sax at 11:26 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: RE: Adzman is all arse...
Perhaps my personal attack on Adzman was somewhat mis-guided and for that I apologise. It just felt like his comment reeked of someone who actually hadn't read the source material but still insisted on passing judgement. I think I also got out the wrong side of bed this morning and that didn't help. I'll agree that the concept of Watchmen is far-fetched but no more so than a multitude of other films, novels, and TV shows (Heroes springs to mind) but that doesn't change the fact the if you suspen More

Posted by Dr. Sax at 11:25 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Adzman is all arse...
I have no problem with the Watchmen comic itself.  Although I do have a problem when ideas like this take themselves to seriously, the whole concept is ridiculous in itself..   It's the terms used to try and make it something it's not , it's not a book, it's a COMIC, that's the problem.   As for infantile, isn't the need to create these terms and attempt to cover up some feelings that you're uncomfortable with deep down? More

Posted by adzman at 11:10 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

Wow, Silk Spectre's looking pornarific in that shot! More

Posted by dunner05 at 11:08 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

Adzman is all arse...
Adzman, have you even read The Watchmen? Obviously not or your infantile, misguided diatribe would not have manifested itself. The term 'Graphic Novel' was coined for Watchmen as it's not just a comic, it's so much more and can be considered to be decent literature. Maybe if you could actually read more than just your own pathetic drivel you'd realise that. Its often best to know about the the thing you're critiquing before you voice your opinion. Go away and read the book and then see how yo More

Posted by Dr. Sax at 10:48 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

It's all arse
All this is just tedious. Since the Matrix there have been lots of these "cool" films. Sincity, 300, and a million other it's too boring to quote that are all style and absolutley nothing else that get all the bed wetting geek boys excited or wazzed off because the hairs parted in the wrong place of the main character. As for the Graphic Novel business, it's a COMIC, the term graphic novel has been used just to make you feel a bit better about the fact you're still reading COMICS, wh More

Posted by adzman at 09:32 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

Re: Eruptus
Dr. Manhattan wore the stylized trunks in the Viet Nam material - though he jettisoned it later More

Posted by CaptainAverage at 00:51 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

I posted a message here a couple of weeks ago, after first seeing the trailer, which was largely positive. Now, having read other people's comments, I think I should add some information about WATCHMEN the comic (yes, that's right, 'comic', not 'graphic novel' - Alan Moore himself prefers the term 'comic'). Firstly, to Nicky C (hey, nice initial!). Yes, all of the films based on Moore's books have been crap (although I will admit a sneaking fondness for 'V'). Please do not blame Alan for t More

Posted by JohnnyC at 00:05 on 01 August 2008 | Report This Post

Watchmen will own 2009!
I went out an bought the graphic novel after seeing the trailer! This movie is looking soooooo good! PS The graphic Novel rocks! More

Posted by Kev@CTU at 20:11 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

will comedian be wearing his gimp mask after vietnam, cause i havent seen any pictures of it More

Posted by samhain at 19:54 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: John Firth I don't remember Dr Manhattan wearing undies. Probably wise for the movies though. They'll end up with an NC-17 in the States if there's a blue man waving his willy around on screen. e wore exactly the same undies in the book, plus the trailer already showed that he'll be also naked in the movie. More

Posted by eruptus at 17:08 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: nclowe - I wouldn't normally say this but...
Dr Manhattans looking a bit..david beckham there! More

Posted by Porrohman at 16:35 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

nclowe - I wouldn't normally say this but...
... try NOT reading the graphic novel! It'll be interesting to watch the movie from an unbiased point of view to really see if Snyder can produce the goods! Oh what the hell, go buy the novel now! It's truely brillliant! Then read Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns! 2 of the best reads you will ever find (preparing myself for the backlash now...) More

Posted by THE_Simon at 15:53 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

Oh, and in reference to nclowe...
Even though The Comedian character is murdered at the beginning (this is not a spoiler), he should be in the movie quiet a bit for the rest of the show! No! Not in an Obi-Wan Kenobi kinda way either! More

Posted by THE_Simon at 15:48 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Oh, and in reference to nclowe...
Really? Brilliant! I thought it was gonna be like 'Oh, He's dead. On with the show'. Glad to hear The Comedian is gonna be in it a bit. Never actually read the comic but from what I've been hearing he just seemed an interesting character. :) More

Posted by nclowe at 15:44 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

Oh, and in reference to nclowe...
Even though The Comedian character is murdered at the beginning (this is not a spoiler), he should be in the movie quiet a bit for the rest of the show! No! Not in an Obi-Wan Kenobi kinda way either! More

Posted by THE_Simon at 15:37 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

I read the Watchmen...
...when it was first collected as a graphic novel and I can say that it blew my mind! Never had I read a comic book that took superheroes in such a deep and serious way. I have a lot of hope for Snyder's movie and I really hope it doesn't suck ass. Adzman, have you read the graphic novel? The costumes are supposed to look cheesey in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way, even the characters acknowledge this in the book. I just hope the majority of viewers catch the irony of this movie rather than just tak More

Posted by THE_Simon at 15:34 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

May I Just Say....
Jeffrey Dean Morgan looks hot!!!!!!!! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K at 15:30 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE:RE: Decisions, decisions...
Its not really being referred to as 'the citizen kane of superhero movies' . They're talking about the graphic novel which many claim to be the citizen kane of comic books. Ive read it ..and I agree. More

Posted by Spaldron at 14:58 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: I think I prefer the comedian one....
**Pirate_Queen** - I would be there in a heartbeat if the Watchmen lot were at Movie-Con. Not bought tickets yet though as still waiting for Empire to say...well...anything about the Con to see if its worth the to-London train tickets! The Comedian cover is also my fave. Such a shame Jeffrey Dean Morgan probably wont be in the film for long as he's a good actor who keeps getting stuck with crappy rom-coms. More

Posted by nclowe at 12:19 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

I think I prefer the comedian one....
...it just looks darker and cooler, having said that i will probably end up buying both like i did with the dark knight covers! I would also just like to say that i think this will be really good! I'm not a die-hard fan of the graphic novel but i still think its brilliant and this looks like it will be really faithful, I also really like what snyder did with 300 (it wasnt perfect, but it wasn't half bad!) and does anyone know if the watchmen crew will be coming to movie-con because that would be More

Posted by **pirate_queen** at 11:15 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

Not multiple covers again!
The problem with having these multiple cover issues is that, as a subscriber, I have no choice over which I get and always end up with the one I didn't want. Any chance of maybe doing a subcriber special and having both covers on as some sort of pull out or something? I cant afford to buy both! Awesome pictures though. I cannot wait! More

Posted by nclowe at 10:50 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

Poor Alan Moore...
There has not been ONE decent film based on an Alan Moore comic. LXG, rubbish! From Hell, rubbish! V for Vendetta, rubbish! Also, Zack Snyder's movies are awful. Dawn of the Dead, rubbish! 300, rubbish! If this movie isn't a disappointment it will be a miracle. I was more interested when the rumour mill had Paul Greengrass attached. More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:36 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

Cheese Cheese Cheese
I have to be honest, I don't think I've seen anything from this film that hasn't made me cringe. Judging from this level of anticipation this is going to be a 5 star review from Empire, but my instinct tells me that there'll be a back track when people who aren't obsessed with the "graphic novel" (still makes me laugh) see it. More

Posted by adzman at 10:36 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

Is there a super secret subscriber cover i wonder? that would rock the socks. i agree about silk spectre's revealing costume, but its no less revealing in the comic book, and at least this one isn't chiffon. looks bloody uncomfortable though. i'm a bit excited now... More

Posted by monkeyfinger at 09:36 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Decisions, decisions...
L: Acho I hadn't noticed before quite how revealingly indecent the new Silk Spectre costume is. She might as well just give us her waxer's number and be done with it! ust looked at that picture of her and Night Owl togehter in the prison thats a step away from being obscene I also think it may be a bit soon to refer to this movie as 'the citizen kane of superhero movies' hoping for the best though More

Posted by Drew_231 at 09:32 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: John Firth
John, I look at the comic daily - that's how obsessed I am with it... Dr Manhattan has a variety of costumes. Following his emergence, the US govt. puts him in a full tight costume with a helmet. Dr Manhattan refuses to wear the helmet and gives himself his iconic logo. By 1964, he reduces his costume to the size of a vest and underwear. In Vietnam, it's just the underwear. By 1977, it's just the mankini you see on the Empire cover. When we get to the present day (1985) he wears nothing. Th More

Posted by AYBGerrardo at 01:42 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

I don't remember Dr Manhattan wearing undies. Probably wise for the movies though. They'll end up with an NC-17 in the States if there's a blue man waving his willy around on screen. More

Posted by John Firth at 00:48 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

Decisions, decisions...
Working late, eh? :) The division of characters over the two covers is mean - I can't decide! I think I might prefer the darker Comedian/Rorshach one, although the other is cool blue. I hadn't noticed before quite how revealingly indecent the new Silk Spectre costume is. She might as well just give us her waxer's number and be done with it! More

Posted by Acho at 00:38 on 31 July 2008 | Report This Post

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