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Friday, July 23, 2004
I Would Probably Watch the Watchmen

By Steven Taylor @ 2:18 pm

‘Watchmen’ Unmasked for ‘Pi’ Guy

“Watchmen,” the seminal DC Comics limited series credited with redefining the superhero genre, has landed at Paramount Pictures.

One would think it could be a very good movie.

And the series was top-notch, but this may be a tad over the top:

“Watchmen,” created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, was released as a critically acclaimed 12-issue comic book in 1986 and is often referred to as the “War and Peace” of comic books. It is a crime-conspiracy story that provided the first realistic look at the behind-the-heroics lives of superhero archetypes.

Further, if I was going to pick a single comic that may have helped re-define comics in the 1980s, it would be Frank Miller’s Dark Knight mini-series.

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  1. is often referred to as the “War and Peace” of comic books.

    Meaning it’s long, boring and everybody *says* they’ve read it?

    Comment by bryan — Friday, July 23, 2004 @ 2:28 pm

  2. I don’t know about “War and Peace", but “Watchmen” is by any measure one of the great graphic novels of the 1980’s.

    I’m not sure how well it would adapt to film, though. The story is rather complex, and a lot of what makes it great is the psychologies of the various major characters. Those things might suffer from the necessarily simplification required by a film treatment.

    Comment by Kyle Haight — Friday, July 23, 2004 @ 3:30 pm

  3. Indeed. Dark Knight. ‘Nuff said.

    Comment by misterhung — Friday, July 23, 2004 @ 7:50 pm

  4. I surely hope it gets made into a movie. I suspect it would be much better done than the last Alan Moore adaptation I saw (which was better than it was given credit for but not as good as it could have been).

    In comparing Watchmen with the Dark Knight, I far preferred the Watchmen. Much better introspection and by far better individual scenes, such as Rorschach in prison “You don’t understand, I am not locked up in here with you, you are locked up with me” or words to that effect. LOL been years since I read it, but Watchmen scenes stick in my mind while the Dark Knight doesn’t by and large.

    Comment by Leroy — Sunday, July 25, 2004 @ 9:52 am

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