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The Watchmen
Posted 8/11/08 , edited 8/11/08
Watchmen is a 2009 film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' comic book limited series Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder. The film stars Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie and Carla Gugino. Set in 1985, the film follows a group of former vigilantes as war begins to break out between the United States and the Soviet Union. The film began shooting in Vancouver in September 2007 for release on March 6, 2009.[1] Like his previous film 300, Snyder closely modeled his storyboards on the comic, but unlike 300, he chose not to shoot all of Watchmen using chroma key.

Following the novel's 1986 publication, the film adaptation was mired in development hell. Producer Lawrence Gordon began developing the project at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. with producer Joel Silver and director Terry Gilliam, the latter eventually deeming the complex novel unfilmable. During the 2000s, Gordon and Lloyd Levin collaborated with Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures to produce a script by David Hayter (who set it in modern times). Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass were attached to Paramount's project, before it was canceled over budget disputes. The project returned to Warner Bros., with Paramount handling international rights, where Snyder was hired to direct in 2006. Fox is now suing Gordon for failing to pay a buy-out in 1991, which enabled him to develop the film at the other studios.

A DVD based on elements of the Watchmen universe will be released; it will include an animated adaptation of the comic Tales of the Black Freighter within the story, starring Gerard Butler, and the documentary Under the Hood, detailing the older generation of superheroes from the film's back-story. An extended edition of the film, with Tales of the Black Freighter edited in a manner reminiscent of the comic, is also possible.

Patrick Wilson as Daniel Dreiberg / Nite Owl II: A retired vigilante superhero with technological experience.[3] John Cusack, a fan of the comic book, expressed interest in the role.[4] Wilson did not read the comic until he was offered the part, and loved it.[5] Wilson put on weight to play the character, instead of wearing a fatsuit.[6]
Billy Crudup as Dr. Jon Osterman / Doctor Manhattan: A superhero with genuine powers who works for the U.S. government. The role was once pursued by actor Keanu Reeves,[7] but the actor abandoned his pursuit when the studio held up the project over budget concerns.[3] He later visited the set while filming The Day the Earth Stood Still, an experience which he enjoyed.[8] As well as playing Osterman in flashback as a human, for his post-accident scenes as Dr. Manhattan, Crudup is replaced in the film with a motion-capture CG version of himself. During filming on set, Crudup acted opposite his co-stars, wearing a white suit covered in blue LEDs, so he would give off an otherworldly glow in real life, just as the computer-generated Manhattan does in the movie. Crudup had to keep thinking of the character in the comic, because he felt ridiculous in the suit.[6]
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Edward Blake / The Comedian: A vigilante superhero who is commissioned by the U.S. government. Prior to Morgan's casting, producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin met with Ron Perlman to discuss portraying the Comedian.[9] Morgan found the role a challenge, explaining, "For some reason, in reading the novel, you don't hate this guy even though he does things that are unmentionable. [...] My job is to kind of make that translate, so as a viewer you end up not making excuses to like him, but you don't hate him like you should for doing the things that he does."[10]
Jackie Earle Haley as Walter Kovacs / Rorschach: A superhero who continues his vigilante activities after they are outlawed. He was transformed over time from a "soft" costumed hero into a killer who sees the world in black and white.[3] Haley and fourteen friends put together his audition, where he performed scenes from the comic.[6] Rorschach wears a mask with ink blots that morph to reflect his emotions: motion capture markers were put on the contours of Earle Haley's blank mask, for animators to create his ever-changing expressions.[11] Haley found the mask "incredibly motivating for the character" because of its confining design, which heated up quickly.[12] Small holes were made in the mask for him to see.[11]
Malin Akerman as Laurie Juspeczyk / Silk Spectre II: A retired vigilante superheroine. Akerman described her character as the psychology and the emotion of the film due to being the only woman among the men. The actress worked out and trained to fight for her portrayal of the crimefighter.[13]
Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias: A retired vigilante superhero who has since made his identity public. The role of Ozymandias was originally connected to actors Jude Law and Tom Cruise,[7][14] but they left the project behind due to the studio's delay in handling the budget.[3] Goode was not familiar with the comic when he was cast, and read it at the urging of his friends. He joined the critical consensus, saying "it's the best graphic novel out there". He had his own interpretation of Veidt's backstory, in that he gave up his family's wealth and travelled the world, becoming a self-made man because he was ashamed of his parents' Nazi past. Goode suggested Veidt disguised his German accent to highlight the themes of the American Dream and the difference between one's public and private personas.[15]
Stephen McHattie as Hollis Mason / Nite Owl: The first vigilante to take up the mantle of Nite Owl.[1]
Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre: A retired vigilante superheroine, mother of Laurie Juspeczyk. Gugino's character ages from 25 years old in the 1940s to 67 years old in the 1980s, and the actress wore prosthetics to reflect the aging process. Gugino described her character's superhero outfit as an influence of Bettie Page-meets-Alberto Vargas. The actress donned the trademark hairdo of the character, though it was shaped to be more plausible for the film.[16]
Matt Frewer as Edgar Jacobi / Moloch the Mystic: An elderly rehabilitated criminal, known when he was younger as an underworld kingpin and magician.[17]
Niall Matter as Mothman: He is not a main focus of the storyline, but appears in flashbacks, at one point reduced in his later years to fragile sanity, unnerving the second Silk Spectre. He is regarded fondly by most of the Minutemen, and the first Nite Owl sends the second to visit him, uncostumed, on his behalf.[18]
Dan Payne as Dollar Bill: A first-generation crimefighter who caught his cape in a revolving door during a bank robbery, and was shot to death. Payne is a fan of the comic and shot his scenes over four days, both for his cameo in the theatrical cut and the fictionalized DVD documentary.[19]


Heres a trailer clip
watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com

Im Going To See It Or You?
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yes
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so long
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...Too long but i'll watch the trailer xD
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DUDE THIS MOVIE BETTER NOT DISSAPOINT ME, ROSOROCH IS SOO AWSOME!!!!

sorry i mean Rorschach kind of got too excited there.

ok sorry!
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it looks good might watch it
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yes?
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the book was fucking awesome its still a classic along with the Dark Knight Returns ( also Miller's work )

i dont know if ill go watch the movie though... it might ruin it for me :?
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I might read the book. I'm not a fan of watching films.
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YES. :3
I think Zack Snyder's interpretations are good.

I HOPE THE WOULD-BE RORSCHACH IS GREAT
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AerialDeathFireStyle wrote:

the book was fucking awesome its still a classic along with the Dark Knight Returns ( also Miller's work )

i dont know if ill go watch the movie though... it might ruin it for me :?
well i herd its quite similar, but some of the parts in the movie you might never see in the comic before, and plus i herd allen moare was helping a bit. so maybe similar.

Posted 12/16/08

hitman-san wrote:


AerialDeathFireStyle wrote:

the book was fucking awesome its still a classic along with the Dark Knight Returns ( also Miller's work )

i dont know if ill go watch the movie though... it might ruin it for me :?
well i herd its quite similar, but some of the parts in the movie you might never see in the comic before, and plus i herd allen moare was helping a bit. so maybe similar.



Alan Moore has had nothing to do with the project(You will not find his name on the films credits,except mabye for "created by"), he hates how corporations milk properties to death. Though he has said that the screenplay he read was as close as a person could get to the book,so I will be going to see this movie and I never go to the theater these days.
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superninjaboy wrote:


hitman-san wrote:


AerialDeathFireStyle wrote:

the book was fucking awesome its still a classic along with the Dark Knight Returns ( also Miller's work )

i dont know if ill go watch the movie though... it might ruin it for me :?
well i herd its quite similar, but some of the parts in the movie you might never see in the comic before, and plus i herd allen moare was helping a bit. so maybe similar.



Alan Moore has had nothing to do with the project(You will not find his name on the films credits,except mabye for "created by"), he hates how corporations milk properties to death. Though he has said that the screenplay he read was as close as a person could get to the book,so I will be going to see this movie and I never go to the theater these days.
ahh i see, well ill just have too kill the basterd who told me that then, thx man, oh and yeah the comics were always better,

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Yeah!! Comedian RULEZ?!!
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Heck yes 3:<
I'm gonna go see The Spirit too...that looks good...reminds me of Sin city (even tho the person that made sin city is making this...it just gives me the same vibe)
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