Watchmen was a revolutionary comic book for its time. It’s a dense story, and one of the first that earned application of the descriptor of literature to the medium. Brimming with symbolism, deconstruction of character archetypes, mature themes, and cinematic panel designs, this graphic novel is required reading for any comics enthusiast.
Watchmen merits a lengthy Wikipedia article, which you’ll benefit from perusing. Here’s a snippet:
Watchmen is set in an alternate reality that closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s. The main difference is the existence of superheroes. Their presence in this history has altered the outcomes of real-world events such as the Vietnam War and presidency of Richard Nixon. Although the cast of Watchmen are commonly called “superheroes,” the only character in the principal cast who possesses superhuman powers is Dr. Manhattan. In the comic, they refer to themselves as “costumed adventurers” or, less frequently considering its comparatively negative connotations, “masked vigilantes”.
I think it’s a good story. It’s release in 1986 changed the comics industry for the better. And, again, it should have a place on your shelf. It’s just a pity that the author Alan Moore, is so damn prickly when it comes to his work. But then again, most authors are prickly.
The film is directed by Zach Snyder (of 300 fame). The screenplay is by Alex Tse and David Hayter (X-Men, X-Men 2).
The trailer looks interesting, and I’m curious to see how they’re going to make a story as big and complicated as Watchmen work on screen.