Probably the most influential comic book to come out of the last 20 years is Alan Moore's Watchmen. It was one of the first series to ever really explore the characters behind the masks, a trend which is now a mainstay of current comic books. In 2005, TIME Magazine named it one of the 100 best English-language novels to come out since 1923, a pretty stellar feat for a comic book. It's often been considered, alongside Neil Gaiman's Sandman series to be the holy grail of the comic book realm, and as such has had a troubled history coming to the big screen.
Hopefully, Zack Snyder in the director's seat will put that history to rest, as he is approaching the project with an almost fanboy-like obsession to detail, which is just what this project demands. He even contacted Dave Gibbons, artist on the original series, and he created the teaser poster you see Zack posing with in the photo above. It's things like this the fanboys and fangirls appreciate, and after listening to the interview, I hope you can rest assured that the project is in good hands. Coming off a hot movie called 300, which you might have seen, can't hurt either.
We've got the audio to back up his claims. Click on Zack to listen, and as usual you can find the highlights below.
- "One of the things I think is important about Watchmen is that it have resonance within cinematic pop culture as well as superhero culture. Because I believe there's a relationship between Rorschach and Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver."
- On the amount of detail in the film: "Even just as small of things as when Rorschach burns the S.W.A.T. cops with hairspray, we were sitting around and they showed me some hairsprays, some ratty hairspray cans, and I go the labels are wrong. They're like "what do you mean?" I [flip through my reference materials], and say 'see?' You could do that with every single thing in the movie.
- "We have to make sure we won't be burned at the stake for heresy after we make the movie."
- On running time for the film: "I don't have a time frame right now. I think it's running pretty long right now - it's about 130-140 page script, not counting "The Black Freighter". "The Black Freighter" (an essential subplot from the comic) is about 16 or 17 pages as a script."