The highly-anticipated Watchmen panel is just about to get underway. Elisabeth will be back later with a complete, detailed report on the panel, but for now here's the early recap straight from the floor:

  • Hall H is absolutely bonkers right now; thousands of people have packed in for this one. Apparently you can win an X-Box 360 by texting the word 'Watchmen' to 58671.
  • Zack Snider is present with his entire cast: Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson and Dave Gibbons.
  • A brief history on the project, last year's Con and the recently-released trailer. Dave Gibbons talks about what it was like to see their vision come to life. Impressed by the attention to detail throughout.
  • Clip showing the non-PG aspect of the film; ridiculous extended trailer -- some of which included Dr. Manhattan kicking lots of ass in Vietnam. Elisabeth texts me to say, "Wow, that was awesome!"
  • And now the fan questions have begun ...
  • Who's your favorite Watchmen character to Snyder (surprise! he likes them all!), what's it like to play so and so, etc ...
  • More questions on the mature tone and whether that's what we should expect from the future of comic book movies. Is the movie too dark? That's up to you ...
  • Random Unrelated Update: Joss Whedon is in our hotel lobby right now -- Cinematical's Scott Weinberg introduces himself by saying, "Excuse me sir, I don't know if you know this, but you're Joss Whedon." Whedon replies, "That's right, I am!" Love it! Scott then asks for a photo with Joss fast, so Joss turns around and says, "Hey Nate, can you take this for us." Yup, it's Nathan Fillion. Weinberg just had his geek moment of the day.
  • More Watchmen in a bit ... folks are still asking questions (what inspired that, how hard was it to do this, etc ...)
  • Panel's over -- they showed the footage one more time -- and now Weinberg is heading over to the Watchmen interviews. Elisabeth will be back later with much more ...