Zack Snyder’s Watchmen: revisiting the controversial adaptation

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Dark and dystopian superhero movies have come and gone over the years – some with more edge, e.g Loganand some with a little more humor, e.g great. Yet they all owe a little something to the famous graphic novel that deconstructed the superhero genre so powerfully. The story has been interpreted in so many different ways that you can see completely opposite messages depending on your point of view. And the one that its original creator Alan Moore flat out refuses to see. That’s right, today we’re diving into Zack Snyder’s dystopian world Guardians.

There are few comic book adaptations that had as much trouble getting off the ground as Alan Moore’s Watchmen. The film was in development for many decades, under many different studios, until the cameras finally started rolling. In many ways it is a miracle that it happened at all. So for a property that was so revolutionary and beloved, why were they having problems?

In this episode of DC Revisited, we examine how Terry Gilliam, Paul Greengrass and others tried to bring the graphic novel to the big screen, and how it took the runaway success of 300 for Zack Snyder to get the reins. Although a hit, the film was also criticized by fans of the comic for the few departures it made, while the HBO sequel series appeared to be more of a sequel to the comic than the film. Why was the film so controversial and how does it hold up today? We’ll dig into this fresh episode of DC Revisited, written, narrated and edited by Tyler Nichols.

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