23.12.07

DAVE GIBBON'S JOURNALS ON-SET

"On the movie backlot, like a sailor on shore leave, I gawp in wonder at a New York City that never really was." = so writes Dave Gibbons, illustrator for the Watchmen comicbooks, visiting the set of the live-action feature film - here are some "mirrored-lines" (a veiled term of "swiped-cut'n'paste" - yes i am a bad-blog-man :p) which provides a intriguing narrative to what we can expect from the movie, for both characters and locales ... and personally, it sounds uber-cool, IMHO :)

From Journal-Entry PART ONE:

"There they are, in a shadowy clubhouse, standing around a map of the USA ... The smoke of the Comedian's cigar hangs in the air as I drink in the details of the scene. Framed old copies of The New York Gazette tell stories of past exploits; trophies glint in glass-fronted display cases; Moloch's solar weapon shines in a dusty corner and over there, on its mannequin stand, the faded costume of the original Nite Owl keeps silent vigil.

Then, a sudden flash of unearthly blue light announces the arrival of Dr. Manhattan and the tableau comes to life. The voices of quarreling heroes rise and fall, a Zippo flares and the map catches fire."


"And I'm standing amongst them. Nite Owl shakes my hand. The Comedian slaps me on the back. Silk Spectre smiles a dazzling greeting. I'm overwhelmed by the depth and detail of what I'm seeing."

From Journal-Entry PART TWO:

"Rain's falling hard now and I'm led inside, through a grubby little hovel crammed with dressmaking dummies, past the huge halls of Karnak, into Dan Dreiberg's homely brownstone and down to where the Owl Ship sits. I clamber aboard in giddy delight."

"... I watch footage of Rorschach pulling Nite Owl off a bloodied Knot Top; I flip through an issue of the Black Freighter; on a laptop, I see raw CGI blocking for the Vietnam sequence; I hold a smiley face pin splattered with what looks like real human bean juice..."

and dammit, that face-pin will be THE must-have accessory come June 2009, IMHO :)

I WANT TO PAINT MY DOOR LIKE THAT

vs

28.11.07

ABOUT THAT WATCHMEN BACKLOT

director Zack Snyder has updated the official Watchmen-movieblog
(*i <3 blogs*) with sweet images of the movie's backlot which shows:

(1) News-stand where the grumbling Owner/vendor and the dude reading
Tales of the Black Freighter-comics sits (cool recreation)


(2) a Bus-Stop in front of "Treasure Island" (your definitive comicbookshop
LOL) - im just going to assume that Walter Kovacs (aka Rorschach) is
gonna be walking by with his doomsday-prophecy signage ... heh.

- noticed the Gunga-Diner-poster within the bus-stop = appreciate the
consistency and details :) - altho i was half expecting to see the graffiti
of the Knothead-couple silhouette somewhere on the walls behind ... heh.

(3) a yellow-cab parked right outside of Gunga Diner - where i assume
Dan Dreiberg (The Niteowl) will meet-up with Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre)?

- "Gunga" connotes "indian elephants" = asian exotica = Ozymandias? :p

(4) and speaking of Rorschach, would this shadowed figure be him,
taking a brisk walk down the streets, with Nixon smiling down on him?

courtesy of photoshop:
WATCHMEN_BACKLOT
heh.

click unto Watchmen-blog for mondo-hi-res images [all images via] as well as statistical-facts about the backlot, including stats like:

• 5,800 feet of neon requiring 24,000 watts of power
• 100 unique and custom-designed graphics created for the various storefronts
• 5,000 square feet of custom posters
• Street had to work for 1938, 1945, 1953, 1957, 1964, 1974, 1975, 1977, and 1985
• 98,400 square feet of exterior scenery
• 12,500 square feet of interior scenery
• Building heights range from 23'9" to 42'6"
• 20,000 donuts were consumed by the construction crew

[source]

ADDED: Geekanerd has done an exceptional (and no doubt pain-staking) "Movie Stills To Comic Panel"-comparison - for which i've pilfered a single-image (for reference - which shows uber-surprising (and smile-provoking) results of the filmmakers' efforts:

go read!

30.9.07

MALIN AKERMAN TALKS ABOUT BEING THE SILK SPECTRE

Malin Akerman is the Silk Spectre / Laurie Juspeczyk (i remember Malin v.fondly for her breast-baring role in Harold and Kumar Goes To White Castle :p) and she speaks about her movie-role on SuperHeroHype (this is an edited excerpt)

MALIN AKERMAN: This is a really cool role. She's sort of the psychology of the film because she's the only woman in the "Watchmen" aside from the previous "Watchmen." She is a femme fatale, she is a kick ass fighter, and I think she sort of carries the emotion of the film because she is the only woman amongst all of these men. They're going through sort of not being the Watchmen anymore and dealing with that as well as trying to figure out who is trying to kill them off. It's a really, really, really well written script. [It's a ]Really great role that I'm so excited to do because it's so opposite from what I just did. It's a wonderful novel and very true to the novel. If you're familiar with the novel that's it.

SHH: When do you start filming? How long are you shooting for?
AKERMAN: They've already started this week actually. I start October 15th. Until February. It's a long shoot.

SHH: Are you ready for that process with the green screen and all?
AKERMAN: There's not that much green screen because it's very real. We're not superheroes or anything like that. We just fight. We fight crime. There's only one scene on Mars that I think will be a green screen. I'm excited. I'm looking forward to trying new things.

/// all of which reads possibly not much superhero-spandex throughout (except for maybe flashbacks sequences) ... but she'll look so pretty in yellow (altho im not too sure for when she goes brunette tho :p) ... *heh*

WHO IS SILK SPECTRE?

Silk Spectre is the name shared by a mother and daughter fictional superheroine pair who are central characters in the classic comic book series Watchmen by Alan Moore, and published by DC Comics. They are often said to be modified versions of the character Nightshade from Charlton Comics; however, Alan Moore has stated that he found Nightshade "boring," and that Silk Spectre was modeled on sexier characters such as the Phantom Lady and Black Canary. (It is perhaps notable that Black Canary is also an alias shared by a mother and daughter.) [wiki]

WHY IS THE SILK SPECTRE ON MARS?

After retiring (from crime-fighting), Laurie lived with (Dr) Manhattan for a number of years, but their relationship became strained ... Laurie eventually left Doctor Manhattan and began living with Dan Dreiberg, a.k.a. the second Nite-Owl, and the two soon became romantically involved. On a whim, emboldened by the imminent nuclear war, Dreiberg and Laurie decided to don their old costumes and take Dreiberg's airship Archie out. During their flight, they found a building on fire and rescued the inhabitants. Soon after, Laurie was brought to Mars by Dr. Manhattan, where she attempted to convince him to save humanity from impending nuclear war. During their conversation, Laurie finally came to the realization that, to her horror, her father was really the Comedian. Moved by the sheer unlikelihood of two people as different as Sally Jupiter and the Comedian producing a child, and the child being Laurie, Dr. Manhattan realized the miracle and value of human life and agreed to save the planet. [wiki]

[Watchmen panel-art via CBR]

27.8.07

ZACK SNYDER INTERVIEWED ON WIZARD UNIVERSE

Zack Snyder on storyboarding WATCHMEN (the movie) with original panels (of the comicbook):

SNYDER: "Yeah. I kind of storyboard. I draw. For instance, if I'm at a scene where Rorschach and Dan [“Nite Owl” Dreiberg] go to Happy Harry's to interrogate people, I have the script there while I'm going, and then I have the graphic novel which is the scene as well, and I kind of squish the two together. I change the script a little bit if I like a piece of dialogue that's in the graphic novel. Most of the dialogue is in the graphic novel, but every now and then I'll say, “Oh, we left this out. I wonder why?”—maybe it's time [issues] or whatever—and I'll kind of whack it back in. Then I'll look at the compositions that are in the graphic novel and the details that are in the frame, and then with the art department I'll say, “It'd be cool if we have this kind of whiskey or this light thickness to add in the background,” or whatever that little thing is. All those kind of crazy obsessive details, I try to whack those in as much as I can."

Zack Snyder on the set design status of WATCHMEN:
 
SNYDER: "Oh, yeah, we're building a huge backlot up here in Vancouver. It's a New York City backlot, and we're shooting tons of the movie on this. Then plus we're shooting—we've built these huge sets like [Edward “Comedian”] Blake's apartment and Adrian [“Ozymandias” Veidt's] office, all of Moloch [the Mystic's] places and stuff like that. His staircase is being built. All of that stuff is sets. Watchmen Headquarters."

read more of what director Zack Snyder has to say about the comicbook-adaptation of WATCHMEN as the live-action movie @ WizardUniverse [all text via]

16.8.07

WATCHMEN POSTER BY DAVE GIBBONS AND A WEBSITE UPDATE

director Zack Snyder has just added a production-blog and some comments about the Watchmen-panel @ SDCC, including this poster as designed and drawn by Dave Gibbons, on the official movie website (which is represented currently by the poster-icon on menu-left)

*click to view higher-res on my flickr*
WATCHMEN_SDCC
*schweet*

[source]

WELCOME

and on this day, the ABOUT THAT WATCHMEN MOVIE-fanblog was borne :)

with this, i hope to be able to keep track of any and all (or "most" LOL) WATCHMEN movie news and reports, til the day it hits our screens ... and until then, any and all information and tips would be mucho appreciated - email me at toysrevil [at] yahoo [dot] com - and you will see your name in bright-lights! (or well, at least credited on this blog LOL)

WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? ... WE DO!

WATCHMEN ONLINE AND AT SDCC 2007

the official website for Zack Snyder's Watchmen is now live (click on icon to view)

and on 03-06-2009 we will find out (again) who killed The Comedian ... watch out for upcoming photos and a production-blog on the website (ala 300) = *nice* [source] ... meanwhile, have a read of the SDCC-panel presentation @ SHH! and/or AICN (points replicated below :p)

-Sets are being built in Vancouver right now, including a New York City backlot. Not going to be 300 style, very little digital work except on Mars and in Antarctica.

-Think more SE7EN than SIN CITY in terms of production design.

-Warner Bros is behind an R-rated film.

-It is period. 1985. There was talk of updating it, but Snyder said it never felt right making it about the War On Terror instead of the Cold War, so he insisted it be set in 1985. Warners agreed.

-While it's not a hard rule, he is going to be using the original comic as storyboards. He'll use them to set the framing for most of the movie.

-The casting was not an exercise in marketing, big names avoided.

-Alan Moore is not involved. He asked for his name to be taken off the project way back when it was first being developed and Snyder is honoring that... but he does hope that this will be the first film made from one of his properties that Moore will eventually think "wasn't fucked up too badly."

-Release date is 03-06-09.

[original post circa 28.07.07]

WHO CASTS THE WATCHMEN?

"Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" – which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight.

When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity... but Who is Watching the Watchmen?"
[via]

the classic tagline at the end of the above para was what defined an era in comicbook history ... see how the current movie synopsis matches up to the Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons' comic-book classic [wiki]

to be directed by Zack Snyder (who slipped-in a Rorschach-image in 300) - the current casting confirmations are quite an interesting bunch (not like these regular geriatrics suspects :p) and from Snyder's "faithful" adaptation of Frank Miller's comicbook, one can only hope that the "spirit" (if at least "tone") will be maintained, and not go by way-of-Hollywood, nor like this (*heh*)

THE CURRENT CAST (of Characters):

Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias

Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach

Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan (maybe the younger-version, compared to the insert M:I 3-era)

Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl

Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre (Laurie Jupeczyk)

currently there are no confirmed casting for The Comedian ... and ima thinking Burt Reynolds! LOL - but a tad too "mature" ... i reckon this a early-to-mid thirties dude, yeh? *heh*

apparently more will be revealed during SDCC .. meanwhile, i've been spending way too much time mucking about in photoshop to do these images (which i've failed utterly) - worth a cringe or chuckle, i reckon = click at you're own peril ... *heh*


added new:
Casting for The Comedian has been confirmed @ SDCC: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (dying dude in Grey's Anatomy :p)


these are the character-descriptions [via]:

Haley will play Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach, who ignores the ban on costumed vigilantes.

Crudup will play Dr. Manhattan, a superpowered being with godlike powers and temperament.

Akerman will play Laurie Juspeczyk/the Silk Spectre, who is involved with Dr. Manhattan -- but that relationship begins to fall apart as he becomes more disconnected from humanity.

Goode will play Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, a costumed adventurer who retired voluntarily, disclosed his identity and built a large fortune. He hatches a plot to avert a global catastrophe he believes will be caused by Dr. Manhattan.

Wilson will play the Nite-Owl, a crime-figher who uses technical wizardry and has an owl-shaped flying vehicle.

Morgan will play the Comedian, a cigar-chomping, gun-toting vigilante-turned-paramilitary agent.

Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy") and Malin Akerman will star in the Warner Bros. movie, which Zack Snyder is directing. Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder are producing.

[original post circa 25.07.07]

ABOUT THAT HIDDEN RORSCHACH IMAGE

hidden amidst the movie 300's trailer was this reported single-(test)-image of "Rorschach", from Zack Synder's upcoming Watchmen-movie [via] - who "appears" at the 1 minute and 52-seconds-mark (which i didn't see/find at all tho) ... but thanks to AICN, here's the image (above) - of coz photoshopped brighter by yours truly (below) :p

300_SNEAK

WHO IS RORSCHACH?


"Rorschach is a fictional character, a superhero featured in the acclaimed 1986 DC Comics series Watchmen, arguably the main protagonist of the series ... Wearing the inkblot-like mask he considers his true face, Rorschach has continued his one-man battle against crime long after superheroes became both detested and illegal. Rorschach’s actions and journal writings display a belief in objectivism and moral absolutism, where good and evil are clearly defined and evil must be violently punished. He has alienated himself from the rest of society to achieve these aims." [wiki]

[original post circa 10.03.07]

IN THE BEGINNING WHEN RUMORS RAN STRIFE

there was even a time when Darren Aronofsky (the director of The Fountain, πand requiem for a dream) was going to direct the big screen adaptation of Alan Moore's (together with artist, Dave Gibbons) The Watchmen! *how effin cool would that have been?*

... and then he was not again, choosing to direct The Fountain instead ... which i reckon its cool for what it's worth lah ...

consider this:

found on the www = a fanboy wish for the casting of The Watchmen:
(am sorry but i dunno who created this, so can't credit properly - do lemme know otherwise, yeah? thanx!)

Ed Harris as Dr. Manhattan?
Mel Gibson as The Comedian?
Ralph Fiennes as Ozymandias?
Michael Douglas as Captain Metropolis?
... tho i'd reckon maybe even Michael Keaton as Rorschach?
and i'd hedge my bets on Catherine Zeta-Jones as The Silk Spectre and a maybe George Clooney as the Nite Owl (of having a second chance at superhero-dom, that was the agony of Batman and Robin *nudge-nudge-heh* :p)

heck, this'll sure be a power-packed cast wouldn't it? tho the reality being no one might wanna cast a movie filled with old "mature-actors" (as the original comicbook story is about) and hence harder to greenlight something that "doesn't cater to the general/mass demographic" (in my own lil conspiracy-addled-mindworld, i insist :p) ... for mayhap some comic-books are not meant for celluloid adaptation (*especially the classics* IMHO) ... and perhaps the future lies in the creation of new characters and new stories that blend/meld comicbooks and the celluloid (ala The Fountain) and that would be fine by me, that would - IMHO, of coz.

[original post circa 22.11.05]

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