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Release Date: March 6, 2009 (North America)

Genres: Comic Book, Drama, Science Fiction          MPAA Rating: R

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Warner Bros.   Production Company: Legendary Pictures

Who's In It: Billy Crudup (Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan), Jackie Earle Haley (Walter Kovacs/Rorschach), Patrick Wilson (Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl II), Malin Akerman (Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II), Matthew Goode (Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias)

Who's Making It: Zack Snyder (Director), David Hayter (Screenwriter), Alex Tse (Screenwriter), Deborah Snyder (Producer), Lawrence Gordon (Producer)

Premise: In an alternate 1985 Richard Nixon is serving his fifth term as the American President, the most powerful being in the world is a blue-skinned man named Dr. Manhattan and the world stands poised on... More »

Official Website: www.watchmenmovie.com

What We Think: The most critically acclaimed comic book ever, fans have dreamed of a Watchmen movie while also living in fear of it. Can the graphic novel's deep, multi-layered storyline be successfully adapted to film? Will mainstream... More »

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Private invite only screenings of Watchmen are now taking place for journalists and reviewers and so we've moved this film into the completed phase of development.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

The last video journal before the release of Watchmen has arrived and this one focuses on how the film's creators made the flowing mask of Rorschach a reality. Among the facts we learn is that the movie's art department based the blot patterns for Rorschach's mask after the ones Dave Gibbons drew in the Watchmen comic. Learn more about how computer animation was used to create the shifting miasma of Rorschach's mask.

- Empire Online. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Saturday, February 7, 2009

DC Direct is showing up its upcoming selection of Watchmen toys and collectibles at the New York Comic Con. Over at Toy News International, 15 photos from the DC Direct Watchmen display have gone online so we can now look at what the final versions of the 6-inch action figures, a 12-inch Dr. Manhattan in suit figure, a model of the Owlship, various desktop character busts and items like a replica of Rorschach's mask or Comedian's pistols will look like.

- Toy News International. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, February 5, 2009

The second New Frontiersman viral video has hit and it's all about the Keene Act, the law that outlawed costumed superheroes in the Watchmen universe. Be informed about the Keene Act! Watch this video and then you will understand why it's alright to be vigilant but not vigilante!

 

- The New Frontiersman. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, February 2, 2009

Want to see the poster for the IMAX release of Watchmen? MTV's Splash Page has the world exclusive. Our thoughts? Too much floating head (or in the case of Doc Manhattan, big blue floating head.)

- MTV Splash Page. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, January 30, 2009

The Swollen Goiter of God sends us this scoop about The Official Film Companion book for Watchmen and it (and our scooper) spill the details about the ending of the film. We've placed that part of Goiter's scoop behind our curtain of spoiler protection so if you don't want to know how it all goes down in the film you'll still be safe to read Goiter's scoop!

"I've thumbed through The Official Film Companion. Amazon claims it does not ship out until 10 February 2009, but about twenty copies of it were displayed pretty prominently at my local comic shop. You may want to go to your comic shop to see if your comic shop's situation doesn't differ all that much from my comic shop's situation. If it happens that your comic shop is mine, too, then I can almost guarantee that your comic store will have a copy or two left. It appears...

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- Watchmen: The Official Film Companion; scooped by The Swollen Goiter of God. Comment on this Scoop (2)
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Two new sources of never-before-seen imagery from Watchmen went online today and both are worth checking out for fans hungry for new content. First up is Empire Online which has six black-and-white character photos showcasing Rorschach, The Comedian, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Nite Owl. Photographed by Clay Enos for the Watchmen: Portraits coffee table book, they're pretty cool.

The day's other source of Watchmen imagery comes from Total Film. The site has got another six must-see images, these in color and showing us our first look at Nite-Owl II in his snowsuit; that infamous B&W photo of Jon Osterman and Janey Slater eating from a box of popcorn; several different views of Rorschach's mask in its different flowing forms; three supervillains from the days of World War II; the cover of the art book that contains these images; and

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- Total Film, Empire Online. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yahoo Movies has debuted the final one-sheet poster for Watchmen. It's keeping in the same theme as the earlier ones but instead of featuring a single hero, it's all six main Watchmen characters standing on a rainy New York City street.

- Yahoo Movies. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Saturday, January 24, 2009

The track listings for composer Tyler Bates' original Watchmen score as well as the music from the motion picture soundtrack have been released.

These are 12 tracks on the music from the movie soundtrack:

  1. Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance
  2. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  3. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
  4. The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
  5. Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
  6. I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
  7. You’re My Thrill – Billie Holliday
  8. Pruit Igoe & Prophecies – The Philip Glass Ensemble
  9. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  10. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
  11. Ride of the Valkyries – Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  12. Pirate Jenny – Nina Simone*

* - this track will be heard during the end credits of the "Tales From The Black Freighter" DVD.

The track listings for Tyler Bates' official Watchmen soundtrack are:

  1. Rescue Mission
  2. Don’t Get Too Misty Eyed
  3. Tonight The Comedian Died
  4. Silk Spectre
  5. We’ll Live Longer
  6. You Quit!
  7. Only Two Names Remain
  8. The American Dream
  9. Edward Blake – The Comedian
  10. The Last Laugh
  11. Prison Fight
  12. Just Look Around You
  13. Dan’s Apocalyptic Dream
  14. Who Murdered Hollis Mason?
  15. What About Janie Slater?
  16. I’ll Tell You About Rorschach
  17. Countdown
  18. It Was Me
  19. All That Is Good
  20. Requiem (Excerpted from Mozart’s Requiem)
  21. I Love You Mom

 

According to the official website for the film's music located at www.watchmenmusic.com, the soundtrack will go on sale January 27. However, according to a press release issued by Warner Bros. the albums go on sale March 3. A vinyl, old school version of the soundtrack goes on sale March 17. And then on March 24 the Watchmen Music Collectors Edition 7" Box Set will be ready for purchase. This box set contains 7 double-sided 7" picture discs of each Watchmen movie character on one side and the way that they appeared in the comic book on the flip side. The Watchmen Music Collectors Edition 7" Box Set will include My Chemical Romance's version of Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" along with 13 tracks by Tyler Bates.

A portion of Bates' "Prison Fight" track can be listened to on www.watchmenmusic.com.

- Warner Bros. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We've seen this latest viral video promoting the Watchmen movie and it's a nice bit of alternate reality to watch. If Dr. Manhattan was real and had been around for ten years then a nightly news segment like this would have probably appeared on one of the big three networks in 1970.

 

 

The video will go up shortly and appear with the other false history minutia from the world of Watchmen that can be read at The New Frontiersman website.

- The New Frontiersman. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, January 15, 2009

The two warring studios have come to a settlement over who owns the Watchmen movie. Here is what Fox and Warner Bros. have to say:

"Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming motion picture Watchmen in a confidential settlement. Warner Bros acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography. Fox acknowledges that Warner Bros. acted in good faith in defending against those claims Warner Bros. and Fox, like all Watchmen fans, look forward with great anticipation to this film's March 6 release in theatres."

Even though the studios are keeping the details of their settlement a secret sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Fox will get an upfront payout plus a stake in how much the movie makes at the box office. The downside? Reportedly Fox won't have any financial claims in any future Watchmen spinoffs or sequels. [Full story]

- Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lawyers for Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox had been scheduled to meet yesterday for a court conference but it was cancelled, prompting The Hollywood Reporter to speculate that the two parties may be close to striking or even publically announcing a deal that resolves Fox's lawsuit against WB. The Reporter speculates that Fox is asking for upfront monies as well as a percentage of the film's gross and that could mean a settlement in the tens of millions of dollars. In a case involving the contested copyright of The Dukes of Hazzard movie, which Judge Feess also precided over, Warners wound up on the hook for $17.5 million before the studio could release their comedy.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, January 9, 2009

Representatives for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. met today to try and broker a deal that would remove all legal obstacles that might impede the theatrical release of Watchmen. Judge Feess had originally been scheduled to make a decision today that could have prevented Warners from releasing the picture on March 6. In light of the talks between the two movie studios Feess held off on his verdict. Lawyers are expected to continue negotiating all weekend long. [Full story]

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Have you been wondering what the opinion of someone deeply involved with the making of Watchmen would be on the lawsuit that threatens to postpone the release of the film? One of the movie's producers has decided to share his thoughts on that very subject.

The man in question is Lloyd Levin and he went on the record with Hitfix, specifically with Drew McWeeny in his daily entertainment column. Levin, who has been involved with trying to get Watchmen made for 15 years, relates his view of how things went down and who he thinks is in the wrong. Here's an except from the open letter:

"The response we got from Fox was a flat 'pass.' That's it. An internal Fox email documents that executives there felt the script was one of the most unintelligible pieces of shit they had read in years. Conversely, Warner Brothers called us after having read the script and said they were interested in the movie - yes, they were unsure of the screenplay, and had many questions, but wanted to set a meeting to discuss the project, which they promptly did. Did anyone at Fox ask to meet on the movie? No. Did anyone at Fox express any interest in the movie? No. Express even the slightest interest in the movie? Or the graphic novel? No.

"From there, the executives at Warner Brothers, who weren't yet completely comfortable with the movie, made a deal to acquire the movie rights and we all started to creatively explore the possibility of making Watchmen. We discussed creative approaches and started offering the movie to directors, our former director having moved on by then. After a few director submissions, Zack Snyder came onboard, well before the release of his movie 300. In fact, well before its completion. This was a gut, creative call by Larry, me and the studio... Zack didn't have a huge commercial track record, yet we all felt he was the right guy for the movie.

"Warner Brothers continued to support, both financially and creatively, the development of the movie. And eventually, after over a year of work, they agreed to make the film, based on a script that, for what it's worth, was by and large very similar to the one Fox initially read and deemed an unintelligible piece of shit."

Find out what else Lloyd has to say.

- Hitfix. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, January 8, 2009

As part of its cover story about the film's upcoming release (stay positive!), Total Film has some new Watchmen photos to show.

- Total Film. Comment on this Scoop (0)


 

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Jakester

Has anyone checked out the Watchmen Saturday Morning Cartoon opening posted on youtube?

Morpheus

Posting my review in the Lounge as we speak ...

Jimzip

So... excited... Jimzip :D

The Swollen Goiter of God

I'm guessing it was made by folks involved with the movie, but won't be in the movie.

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