There have been numerous attempts to adapt the superlative graphic novel Watchmen, which was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, into a feature film. The first serious proposal to do so came in the late 1980s and for a long time director Terry Gilliam (director of Brazil and 12 Monkeys) showed interest in making the film. However, after numerous attempts to create a script, Gilliam was quoted as saying that the graphic novel was too complex and too amorphous for even him to adapt. Later acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain) was reported as a possible director, but this never came into fruition. Initially set to direct the film was Paul Greengrass (director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum). However he was sacked during budget disputes at Paramount Studios, who were at the time meant to release the film. Since then Zack Snyder (director of the remake of Dawn of the Dead and of the film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel 300) has been assigned the role of director and the film has been moved from Paramount to Warner Bros. Studios.
The film was released on March 6 of 2009. On July 21 of 2009 the film was released in both theatrical and director's cut editions on DVD. On November 10 of 2009 the film was released in an Ultimate Edition containing Tales of the Black Freighter animated sequences and linking scenes.
Cast / Crew and other Info:
Rated R for strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and language.
Directed by Zack Snyder
Screenplay written by David Hayter and Alex Tse
Starring: Billy Crudup as Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Edward Blake / The Comedian Jackie Earle Haley as Walter Kovacs / Rorscach Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias Patrick Wilson as Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl Malin Akerman as Laurie Juspeczyk / Silk Spectre Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre Stephen McHattie as Hollis Mason / Nite Owl
WARNING: This review contains spoilers! DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM! When the twelve-issue limited-run comic book series Watchmen was originally published in 1986 and through 1987, it proved to be a revolutionary work in the graphic storytelling medium. Watchmen, which was later republished in a best-selling trade paperback omnibus edition, was celebrated as being the most complex, the most psychologically realistic, and the most adult mainstream comic book ever created up … more