If you read my reaction to the Watchmen “first look” still photos released some time ago (https://scottwilliamfoley.com/2008/03/07/a-reaction-to-the-first-look-watchmen-photographs/), you know that I’m totally supporting Zach Snyder’s efforts with Alan Moore’s seminal series.
The first thing I’d like people to understand is that no one will create a “by the book” interpretation of Moore’s groundbreaking work. The best we can hope for is for a Hollywood director to stay as true to the source material as they can while infusing their own artistry and panache. Zach Snyder employs dazzling visual effects, and, judging from the trailer, he’s staying true enough to the original work and “look” to satisfy this writer.
However, by no means do I suggest this movie will ever serve as a replacement for Moore’s work. I implore everyone to read the book before seeing the movie, because there really is nothing else like the book out there. It’s influenced artists for decades and will no doubt continue to do so.
But with that being said, Snyder’s trailer looks to blend his personal style with Moore’s original characters and story enough to please old and new fans alike.
You can view the trailer (astutely coupled with The Smashing Pumpkins’ “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning”) by clicking on this link: