First look: the 'Watchmen' movie

Watchmen_lAlan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 meta-comic Watchmen tends to inspire fierce loyalty among fans, so the big-screen version coming out one year from today is, let’s just say, a pretty huge deal. Which is why we at EW burst into chorus in the key of OMG! after director Zack Snyder (300) posted the first images of his costumed cast to the movie’s official blog late last night.

When these fresh-faced actors’ names were announced last summer, PopWatch’s Gary Susman was skeptical for mostly visual reasons: "[M]ost of them seem too young to be playing middle-aged (more or less) pariahs who’ve long since been forced into retirement." So how did they end up looking?

Well, give Snyder’s makeup team some credit: Jeffrey Dean Morgan looks way grizzled as the Comedian (pictured), and Patrick Wilson seems to have been aged considerably under Nite Owl’s armor. Matthew Goode, on the other hand, definitely doesn’t look as old as I’d expect Ozymandias to look. But who cares, really? They all look undeniably cool in costume, and those gloomy, apocalyptic sets do a great job of conveying Watchmen‘s morally conflicted world — so I know I’m psyched to see ‘em in action next spring. How about you?

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  • Snarf

    I’m offically psyched. (And I haven’t even read the comic)

  • jcarla

    Though the pics do look good, I am waiting to pass judgment for the trailer. Remember the comic was a two person job. Gibbons drawings would mean nothing without Moore’s writing.

  • Mike in Moncton

    Seriously? Is this movie going to make any money at all beyond its cost? Who really cares?

  • Still Not Sure

    Look, Snyder can make things look cool,no argument there. But this movie needs to be smart. Watchmen should be completely devoid of “fluff”. I’m still skeptical. And I am totally seeing it the second it comes out!!

  • Tony

    I like the costumes, for the most part. But Silk Spectre looks too pleathery for me. And I’m still worried that they won’t get Dr. Manhattan right.

  • Ben

    A little too “Batman & Robin” for my tastes.

  • FM

    Im hesitant, but hopeful. These images look a little too ‘crisp’ for my view of the comic. They dont portray the rough edges that I’ve always pictured. It almost seems they’ve gripped a little too tightly onto the ‘super’ and a little too lightly onto the ‘human’… which anyone who has read the book will tell you is the antithesis of the series. Thats what makes Dr. Manhatten such a big deal in the world of Watchmen… he is really the first actual ‘Superbeing’. That said, I really do hope they get it right; I WANT this to be as good as it needs to be.

  • Rob Grizzly

    Snyder is 2 for 2 with me (Dawn of the Dead and 300 are both A+ movies in my book). So even though I haven’t read Watchmen, I have high hopes. It seems the target audience isn’t the hardcore fans as much as it is getting the average joe like me introduced to some really cool characters.

  • dre

    The comic was perfect. A perfect example of what storytelling in comics can be. The movie will most likely disappoint fans of the comic and underwhelm people who are new to the story. Why? Because the intricacies and the character’s connections of the story will be lost in the big screen adaptation. Also, since the comic is 20 years old and has been a huge influence on creators in other genres such as tv and movies, people who are new to the story will incorrectly think that it is derivative instead of the other way around.

  • Green Gummi Bear

    Eh…Nite Owl looks a little too…studly…for me. He’s supposed to be a bit of a meek guy, even when he’s young. And when he’s older, he’s supposed to be pot-bellied and just…well, like some middle manager or someone’s dad. I agree, this is a little too “Batman and Robin”

  • what what

    way too batman and robin. seriously, the patrick wilson picture could be batman. it looks exactly the same.

  • EP Sato

    I’ve waited 20 years for this movie and will see it even if they cast Dane Cook in it. With source material this good, it’s going to take a massive effort to make this movie bad.
    I’m not saying great source material always creates a good movie. It seemed to take Marvel little effort to create stinkers like Elektra, Hulk, Punisher or Ghost Rider, and DC found a way to make The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Judge Dredd nearly unwatchable. That said, something just feels right about the Watchmen finally coming together. V For Vendetta was better than I could have ever dreamed, and IMHO, this series was much better.
    Good or bad, this’ll be another flick to see in a midnight screening with the fanboys.

  • dom

    Watchmen is one of my favorites, and I think these pics look pretty cool. They had to cast younger actors, a large portion of the story is told in flashback to when they were young.
    Jackie Earle Haley is inspired casting for Rorchach, this is the movie I’m most looking forward to.

  • Anonymous

    I think it looks pretty great – I’m very excited for this movie.

  • Ep Sato

    Dre, I hadn’t read your post before commenting, but must agree with your comment about how a lot of folks are going to claim this very original work to be a “rip off” many of the comics, tv shows and cartoons it’s inspired.
    But I’m sure a few reviewers will give the series its due and that’ll get a few more people to read the original series. At least, that’s my hope.

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