For those of you who don't know, Watchmen was a twelve issue comic book limited series published by DC comics way back in 1986. It was written by the legendary Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons. Like most of Moore's work, it is a dense work laden with symbolism. It includes a comic book story within the story and numerous text pieces which expect the reader to read between the lines and make leaps of logic.
It has also became one of them most lauded comic books ever written. It won a Hugo Award. It even appeared on Time Magazine's 2005 list of "the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to present" despite the fact that it is not a novel.
When they first announced they were making a movie of it, I figured there was no way they can make it work. Much like Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, I believed it to be too tied to the medium it came from to ever make successfully make the transition to the big screen.
To be honest, I still believe that.
Nevertheless, the trailer was interesting. Visually it is stunning, which is not surprising coming from the director of of 300. It has a very distinct visual style which seems both gritty and superheroic at the same time. Oddly, the slick character design almost at odds with the visual style of the book, which often showed how ludicrous people dressed like superheros would look in real life.