Set to play before The Dark Knight tomorrow, is the trailer for th yet-another comic book (sorry, "graphic novel") adaptation. This time its "The Watchmen."
Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the Watchmen was a 12 issue series that ran in the 80's and is the only comic book to ever win a Hugo award. It's also the only comic book to make it to Time Magazine's 2005 list of "the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.
I guess its not your average comic book.
Here's a description from Wikipedia:
"Metafiction?" I had to look that one up:
Watchmen is set in 1985, in an alternative history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who - with one notable exception - lack anything recognizable as super powers. Watchmen's deconstruction of the conventional superhero archetype, combined with its innovative adaptation of cinematic techniques and heavy use of symbolism, multi-layered dialogue, and metafiction, has influenced both comics and film.
Metafiction is a type of fiction that self-consciously addresses the devices of fiction. It is the literary term describing fictional writing that self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in posing questions about the relationship between fiction and reality, usually, irony and self-reflection.OK, so its going to be a really dark and complex comic book film.
In a word, the trailer below looks stunning. Its got a heavy visual style very reminiscent of Frank Miller's "300" and all that dark, gloomy emo vibe thats so popular with comic books when they want to win over loner comic book geeks. If the story is as good as the cinematography, its going to be a blockbuster.
Here's the trailer for the film, schedule to premiere March 6, 2009: