Those unfamiliar with the comic book world may wonder at the excess involved in filming what is essentially a story about vigilantes and “superheroes.” In truth, the value of the project will only become clear if Snyder’s efforts successfully approximate the comic’s complex, apocalyptic beauty. If they do, then Watchmen could very well sound the death knell for superhero cinema as we know it: when faced with this dark, brutal tale of public disorder, international conflict and the threat of global terrorism, men in tights shooting webs or lifting planes begin to look a little preposterous.
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