It's the week of 'Watchmen' and we've got a weekend roundup of tales from the never-resting hype machine!
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"Don't read the book."
That's the advice Zack Snyder has for audiences heading to the cinema to see 'Watchmen' this Friday. He went on to tell MTV Splash Page:
“Only because — and this is selfish by me — we’ve all seen superhero movies, but for them to go in expecting what they expect from superheroes and their morality? All those things that ‘Watchmen’ is the opposite of? That experience is richer not knowing [what’s coming].”
When Mania interviewed 'Watchmen' screenwriter Alex Tse last week he mentioned that director Zack Snyder had his eye on another iconic 1980s graphic novel: Frank Millers 'The Dark Knight Returns'.
"Dark Knight Returns! Ask Zack about it. He has a relationship with Frank Miller, he's done R-rated stuff for Warners. Get on his ass about that. That would rock," Tse told us.
Well, First Showing did ask Zack about it and he had some interesting things to say.
"I think the thing that's awesome about 'Dark Knight', like 'Watchmen', is that it is a complete and total experience, that was unlike anything anyone has ever seen, and still is," Snyder said.
"I think the big challenge for me would be — it's so 'montage-y' and so media thick, that you just have to — that's the techniques you'd have to develop and make work," he said, referring to all the infotainment news commentary that's interspersed with the comics story, "but as far as the rest goes, the thing I'd be really interested in is that kind of Frank [Miller] narration over that cool action, that's a thing we haven't really seen in that context."
Of course, we recognized the infotainment commentary when Paul Verhoeven coopted it for 'Robocop' (which has a number of interesting similarities to Miller's graphic novel).
At any rate, here's Snyder's complete chat with FS:
Well, if you have read the 'Watchmen' graphic novel, then you'll notice some discrepancies between it and the film version. Director Zack Snyder walks MTV through adjustments he made to bring 'unfilmable' comic to the big screen.
HBO ran "First Look at Watchmen" last night, taking fans behind the scenes of the movie. If you missed it, the show is reairing a whole bunch of times on a whole bunch of HBO channels, so you should be able to catch it. Check out the HBO website for the list of upcoming airings.
Of course, you can find some clips from the HBO special online. Check out a few on this Jeffrey Dean Morgan site...here.
Here's a cool little clip about 'Tales of the Black Freighter', with pundits talking about the significance of the comic-within-a-comic and the animated movie that's coming out on DVD this month.