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October 2, 2008 - Watchmen

Scooped on Sunday, October 5, 2008

Today on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank the studio showed about 25 minutes of footage from Watchmen to a roster of invited online journalists. The footage screened included the picture's opening segment featuring the murder of The Comedian, followed by the film's opening titles which provide an overview of this world's history from the 1940s to present day in the film (1985) and how superheroes have influenced its culture and politics. What followed next was the scenes showing a self-exiled Dr. Manhattan on Mars, deep in contemplation. Flashbacks show how Manhattan came to be before returning back to the current moment when he constructs a glass building of clockwork-like elegance and complexity.

The final sequence shown begins shortly after Dan and Laurie, the Nite Owl and Silk Spectre, have just been intimate onboard Nite Owl's ship. They hatch a plan to spring Rorschach from prison. Arriving on scene the two costumed heroes fight their way to the unmasked Rorschach where the latter is just finishing up with a little personal business.

After the footage was shown director Zack Snyder answered questions from the press. The current running time of the film is about two hours, 45 minutes. At this time the "Black Freighter" footage isn't being included in the film's theatrical cut; instead it will appear in the DVD edition of the movie. Snyder was also asked if he would be involved in a sequel or prequel would Warner Bros. decide to pursue one. He flat out refused.

Coverage can be found at Ain't It Cool NewsCHUD, ColliderComing Soon, Dark Horizons and IGN.

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