Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Who Watches the Watchmen? I WILL BE!

"I suppose I was just thinking, 'That'd be a good way to start a comic book: have a famous super-hero found dead.' As the mystery unraveled, we would be lead deeper and deeper into the real heart of this super-hero's world, and show a reality that was very different to the general public image of the super-hero."
—Alan Moore on the basis for Watchmen

OMG...I just saw the latest trailer from the SCREAM awards on SPIKE for WATCHMEN and it is awesome. For those of you not blessed to have read this comic book it IS the premier graphic novel of our time; a deconstruction of the super hero myth by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Based on the old Charton characters Moore creates a world as relevant today as in the eighties when the 12 part limited series was released. For those of us who have seen it all in comic books, Watchman was a graphic novel for adults and one instantly worthy of scholarly criticism and study. Exquisitely layered storytelling that only improves with each reading it is the model we wannabe graphic novelists look to for inspiration. The story graphically reminds us that placing our faith in heroes or superheroes to save the world for us is an abdication of our own responsibility. That in the end everything is about how we save the world and ourselves not through black and white absolutes but through sacrifice and compromise. What we have with WATCHMEN is the transition of the superhero from fantasy to literature. There are some stories that can you can only imagine as a comic book because that is the medium that best showcases their complexities. The movie will be great I think but it will in no way be superior to the graphic novel which many felt was "unfilmable" due to its richness and overlapping themes. What the filmaker has put on screen, however, looks to be remarkable. This is the comment I made on the site where I first say the new recut of the trailer. I have no patience for anyone who nitpicks plot points and is critical of what will prove to be the dream movie we fans of the graphic novel have been wating for for 20 years. After the sucess of 300 Zack Synder has earned the benefit of the doubt. Remember complainers...this movie could have be made by Joel Schumacher! (my bum still hurts from BATMAN AND ROBIN)

"Anyone who doesn’t praise God and Zack for getting this movie “right” should be barred from ever seeing it. If I have to miss seeing the “squid” to see even a minute of Rorschach being his bad ass self then its worth it to me. Quit yer bitchin and just prepare for the sweetest peice of geekdom since the Dark Knight or Iron Man. Its a good time to be a fanboy so can we all just get along? Who watches the watchmen? I WILL BE!"

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