I like how they are now adapting these mature graphic novels nowadays (Frank Miller’s Sin City and 300; Alan Moore’s V For Vendetta; the recent Batman movies were influenced by Batman Year One & The Killing Joke by Frank Miller and Alan Moore respectively). Now comes the Watchmen, believed to be the greatest graphic novels of all time by many.
It was originally written by Alan Moore and it’s now being adapted to the big screen by Zack Snyder, the director of 300 (based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel….boy, how many times have I written both Miller’s and Moore’s name already 🙂 ). Watch the theatrical trailer below on Youtube and there’s also the alternate/extended trailer over here.
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?
Watchmen is scheduled to be released on 6th March 2009