Of those starring in The Watchmen are Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson — not two actors you’d expect to see as superheroes, so I’m really excited for this movie. According to Wikipedia, The Watchmen “remains the only graphic novel to win a Hugo Award. . . and is also the only graphic novel to appear on Time Magazine’s 2005 list of “the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present.” I may have to check it out before seeing the movie. Also from Wikipedia:
Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and whoâ€”with one notable exceptionâ€”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.
Now the casting of Morgan (Edward Blake/The Comedian) and Wilson (Nite Owl) makes much more sense and I can see either of them portraying these kinds of characters with aplomb (not to mention the eye candy factor…). I even kind of like Silk Spectre’s costume, it seems no more ridiculous than her male counterparts, especially the blue glowy dude in the speedo (Doctor Manhattan, played by Billy Crudup). Watch the trailer below: