New Watchmen trailer online
There's new footage online from the much anticipated Watchmen adaptation from Zack Snyder, aired at the Scream 2008 awards, it seemed to raise some excitement from the crowd – although not as much as the stars appearing on stage.
There's not loads of new footage as there's plenty from the original trailer still there, but if you have a look you'll see some new moments, some iconic comic book panels now in real life and some amazing effects with Dr. Manhattan.
There is one shot with Manhattan dismantling a tank that didn't quite look right and felt too much like CGI to me, but the rest looks great. You can see the footage right here:
What do you think? Liking what you see?
You'll also have noticed that I'm not entering into any discussion about the story that's flapping around the interflab at the moment, the one about the changed ending for Watchmen. Everyone seems to be up in arms about it, however I take a different view.
Firstly, I'm not going to read any of those stories as I don't want the ending spoiled, secondly I'm grown up enough to realise that you can't adapt a property word for word, image for image to the big screen. Well you can, but it would be a rather dull and uninteresting film. What you would end up doing is watching one of those storyboard comparisons on a DVD – I mean you've seen the film already in your head and on the comic book pages, so seeing it on the big screen played out exactly would be rather dull.
Frankly I always found the current ending of Watchmen just a little small considering the scale of the story up until then, and nowadays on the big screen there's the question of if it would really deliver the effect that it tries to.
Regardless of how I feel about the ending on the comic book, the film has to be changed in some way for the big screen, even some of the direct comparisons of film to panel we've seen to date are changed slightly, even the characters are. Sure they're close to the comic, but not identical.
If the film has the exact feel, tone, and carries the same morals and effect then is there really a problem if that very ending is changed?