“All the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save Us!”, and I will look down and whisper, “No.”.”
– Rorschach, Watchmen (Graphic Novel)
Yes. It’s one of those rare moments where I’m actually promoting something entertaining. So cutting to the chase, I really cannot wait for Watchmen to come out. I’ve been a fan of the graphic novel for a long time and despite its late 80’s Reagan-isque era mood and plot, it still has one of the best storylines I’ve read.
Even if I know they changed the way the movie is going to end (at least that’s what the rumours are saying), I do hope they really do keep the dark realistic mood of “Superheroes dealing with an imperfect world”. Even if Christopher Nolan reinvented Batman’s Dark Knight to be a story about 3 sociopaths doing the best they can with the world they know and see. Watchmen was built from the ground up to be a story about Superheroes who become disillusioned with the world they constantly clean up after (“What am I? The Maid?”).
The only real problem to the movie is this, Hollywood has rarely come up with good adaptations to fantastic stories on paper. I mean, they completely butchered The Golden Compass (adapted from the awesome first book of His Dark Materials Trilogy, The Nothern Lights) and Hellboy (which in retrospect the first movie and it’s animated movies did it a whole lot more justice than the craptastic Golden Army sequel).
I don’t care if Zack Snyder won my girlfriend over by directing a movie adaptation, of a comic adaptation, about half-naked beefy men going to war in slow motion. The fact of the matter is, Watchmen is a 12 book graphic novel with an ending that made sense no matter how insane it might have been. The Watchmen movie is going to be about 2 hours long with possibly an ending that might not make sense in the realistic world (which is what Watchmen is really supposed to be about). Does that bode well for the movie? No. Am I still going to watch it? Hell yes.
After all, even if I have just talked myself out into believe that Watchmen is going to be a hell of a good movie, it’s watching trailers like this that puts everything back into perspective so I sit down and enjoy a steaming pile of Hollywood bastardisation at its best.
So who’s watching the Watchmen?