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Tales from the never-resting hype machine

By Rob M. Worley     March 01, 2009
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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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Snyder says Audiences Will Dig the Movie More if they Haven't Read the Book

"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].”

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Zack Snyder would love to adapt THE DARK KNIGHT (no...the other one)

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:

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



Snyder on how the Movie is Different from the Book

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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.



HBO First Look at Watchmen

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.

Thanks to fft5305 for the submission.



HBO First Look Clips

Of course, you can find some clips from the HBO special online. Check out a few on this  Jeffrey Dean Morgan




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.

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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hanso 3/1/2009 4:44:11 PM

That'd be cool shit if Znyder pulled of TDK Returns, but WB won't allow an R Batman film.

Hobbs 3/1/2009 6:02:38 PM

I agree I would love to see TDK returns by Snyder.  They could dumb it down enough to be a PG-13 like they did with TDK.  Thing is WB isn't going to take the thunder away from Nolans 3rd Bat flick.  This is something I could see WB doing in about 10 years or so...after we've seen Batman every way possible on the big screen it might be time to age him and give us Frank's story.  You can never rule it out.

xenomorph 3/2/2009 4:02:28 AM

I can defenitly see Snyder doing a movie adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns. TDKR already has the same feel as WatchMen, but WB will probably wait until Nolan finishes his trilogy.

BTW, I already have my ticket. It won't be hard to figure out what Im doing on friday!

AMiSHPiRATE 3/2/2009 5:55:49 AM

 Dude, I'd be satisfied with an R-Rated animated Dark Knight Returns.  Just don't use any of the same crew that made Gotham Knight.

manjisan 3/2/2009 7:02:00 AM

I say let the crew who created Ninja Scroll do an R rated animated TDKR

violator14 3/2/2009 10:44:47 AM

Zacky is the man. He can prolly direct any movie and make it better than any other directer could have.

fft5305 3/3/2009 12:49:06 PM

AMiSHPiRATE,  I was thinking the same thing!



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