Now that we're in danger of being buried in Watchmen television spots and viral marketing, it's getting to the point of overkill where it's no longer fun to see any of it -- you just want to see the movie already.

But this is fresh, at least in terms of the Watchmen universe. The MTV Splash Page has posted the trailer for the Tales of the Black Freighter, an animated extra that hits DVD shelves on March 24. It's a gruesome sidestory of the graphic novel that couldn't be fit into the theatrical release -- you can enjoy Watchmen without knowing anything about it, but it's just one of those many pieces of the novel that make it such a brilliant work.

The trailer doesn't reveal much, particularly to those unfamiliar with the story. It's mostly just showing off the animation and the rumbling narration of Gerard Butler. (I love how he's billed here "The Voice of Gerard Butler!" I'm hoping the blatant 300 homages are just for the sake of the trailer and Watchmen newcomers, and not reflective of the short film as a whole ... but otherwise, it looks (and sounds) pretty cool. I'm anxious to get my hands on a copy.