27.5.08

WATCHMEN UPDATE: MINUTEMEN, BLACK FREIGHTER ON DVD, & A 3-HOUR SCREEN TIME

MINUTE-MEN

The "classic" 1940's MINUTEMEN [wiki] revealed on AICN - featuring (l-r): Silhouette, Mothman, Dollar Bill, Nite Owl, Captain Metropolis, The Comedian (kneeling), Silk Spectre, and Hooded Justice [peep some Costume sketches here / Dollar Bill-costume in color here] - from the Zack Snyder-directed live-action movie adaptation of Alan Moore's WATCHMEN.

SPOILER-ALERT: One of the pivotal scenes in the comicbook that takes place after this group photo was taken, was The Comedian had tried and nearly raped Silk Spectre (Sally Jupiter), until Hooded Justice appeared in the nick of time and beat Blake to a pulp - which became one of Blake's breaking point it seems - with Blake being expelled from the Minutemen shortly after ... years later, it was alluded that Hooded Justice was murdered by Blake as revenge for the beating. *nice* [About The Comedian]


The current movie-edit apparently is clocking-in at nearly 3-hours long, according to FirstShowing.net's report from NYTimes - which to me personally, may not be enough to tell the entire story, IMHO - but of coz "suits" may feel differently, as in the end, it isn't all about pleasing fanboys, but of putting butts in seats - plus a little extras in the DVD helps move the product too, innit? (IMHO, of coz) ... I for one will watch however long a film may be, provided there be close access to the restroom (old age = lesser pee-control - shuddup)

And on the DVD--front, Slashfilms reports of the release of the TALE OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER as a 100% animated movie on DVD - 5 days after the Watchmen movie premieres on March 6th 2008. It has been mentioned that the DVD "is budgeted for 30 percent to 50 percent higher than a typical direct-to-DVD effort. he DVD will also include a documentary-style film called “Under the Hood” that will delve into the characters’ backstories."

"Tales of the Black Freighter" is a comic book within the Watchmen universe, an example of post-modern metafiction that also serves as a foil for the main plot. The specific issues shown in Watchmen chronicle a castaway's increasingly desperate attempts to return home to warn his family of the impending arrival of the Black Freighter, a phantom pirate ship which houses the souls of the damned." [read more on Wiki]

"Under the Hood" was a book of biographies of retired costumed adventurers written by the retired first Nite Owl - which were are used in the story to help the reader understand the chronology of events, and also the changes in public opinion and representation of costumed adventurers through the decades.


After the Black Freighter-DVD, the movie DVD will be released 4 months after, and after that - there may well be an "Ultimate Edition DVD" - where both features would be edited into a singular narrative, just like in the original comicbooks ... aiyoh, like that how? *coolness*

[additional comicbook panel-images via lowtion.irg]

20.5.08

WATCHMEN ACTION FIGURES FROM DC DIRECT


After the recent reveal of the Watchmen Action Figures during NYCC, DC Direct has listed the first of two assortments (totaling eight figures) - with a January 28th, 2009 sale-date. The 1st assortment includes: (1) NITE OWL @ 6.75"-tall, (2) OZYMANDIAS @ 6.75"-tall, (3) RORSCHACH @ 6.25"-tall and (4) SILK SPECTRE (Modern) @ 6.5"-tall ... all figures feature multiple points of articulation and a base, and comes packaged in a 4-color window box (not blister-carded? hhmmm)


I like that they specifically mentioned "Modern" is it's description - will we get to see retro super-heros in the 2nd assortment? I'm placing my bets on (A) Dr Manhattan, (B) Comedian (C) Early Silk Spectre, and (D) Early Nite Owl [peep costumes]

WATCHMEN BUSTS FROM DC DIRECT: RORSCHACH & OZYMANDIAS

DC Direct is set to release two BUSTS featuring RORSCHACH and OZYMANDIAS:

Based on the upcoming March 6, 2009, Warner Bros. movie WATCHMEN, this hand-painted, cold-cast porcelain bust measures approximately 5.5" tall x 3" wide x 3" deep and is packaged in a 4-color box. With a SRP of US$69.99-per, the busts have a sale-date of January 21st, 2009.

DC DELUXE 1/6 DR. MANHATTAN

The second DC Deluxe 13-incher articulated action figure after the previously revealed RORSCHACH (circa NYCC) is to be DR MANHATTAN!

Based on the upcoming March 6, 2009, Warner Bros. movie WATCHMEN, this 1:6 scale deluxe collector figure measures approximately 13" tall and comes with a removable black suit (which frankly, looks ill-fitted, IMHO). Packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box with a fifth panel, it also includes a 4-color Certificate of Authenticity. The WATCHMEN MOVIE: DR. MANHATTAN 1:6 Scale Deluxe Collector Figure has a SRP of US$69.99, with a January 21st, 2009-sale date.

As indicated on the ad, the "actual" Dr. Manhattan figure will be unveiled @ the San Diego Comic-Con from July 26th, 2008.

10.5.08

COSTUME DESIGN SCREENGRABS: RORSCHACH

The Watchmen Video Journal#2 [blogged] has updated with new links to QT & WMP versions - including HD - which I've grabbed some visuals via. This is a selection of Costume Design Conceptual Sketches for Rorschach - for your kind reference, of coz :)


in the end, beyond the mask, would people ever remember RORSCHACH to be "Walter Joseph Kovacs"?

COSTUME DESIGN SCREENGRABS: EDWARD BLAKE / THE COMEDIAN

The Watchmen Video Journal#2 [blogged] has updated with new links to QT & WMP versions - including HD - which I've grabbed some visuals via. This is a selection of Costume Design Conceptual Sketches fo Edward Blake aka The Comedian - for your kind reference, of coz :)



the full-leather costume is a 180-degree change from his much earlier "Court Jester"-themed
spandex-set circa Minute Men ... I wonder what sorta "props" or handheld weapons he had "then"?

COSTUME DESIGN SCREENGRABS: LAURIE JUPITER / SILK SPECTRE

The Watchmen Video Journal#2 [blogged] has updated with new links to QT & WMP versions - including HD - which I've grabbed some visuals via. This is a selection of Costume Design Conceptual Sketches for Laurie Jupiter aka Silk Spectre - for your kind reference, of coz :)




pretty risque (not that I'm complaining) even with the flesh-toned body-suit compared to the fishnet-stocking'd costume of Laurie's mum - aka the earlier incarnation of Silk Spectre, yeh?

COSTUME DESIGN SCREENGRABS: ADRIAN VIEDT / OZYMANDIAS

The Watchmen Video Journal#2 [blogged] has updated with new links to QT & WMP versions - including HD - which I've grabbed some visuals via. This is a selection of Costume Design Conceptual Sketches for Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias - for your kind reference, of coz :)




for a superhero, the dapper and sharply-dressed Adrian is a tad skinny, innit? IMHO

COSTUME DESIGN SCREENGRABS: MINUTEMEN & VILLAINS

The Watchmen Video Journal#2 [blogged] has updated with new links to QT & WMP versions - including HD - which I've grabbed some visuals via. This is a selection of Costume Design Conceptual Sketches for both Minute Men and Villains - for your kind reference, of coz :)




...I coulda sworn "Villain #4" looked like Stan Lee, innit? heh :p

COSTUME DESIGN SCREENGRABS: GENERAL COSTUMES

The Watchmen Video Journal#2 [blogged] has updated with new links to QT & WMP versions - including HD - which I've grabbed some visuals via. This is a selection of random costumes - for your kind reference, of coz :)


gathering before the Keene Act is enforced?

teh Po-Po all geared-up for the demonstrators?

Would this be the funeral of The Comedian / Edward Blake? (where's Doc Manhatten? :p)

mixed-races Knot-Tops? pretty cool this, IMHO :)

7.5.08

VIDEO JOURNAL #2: COSTUME DESIGN


[Video Journal #2 on JoBlo.com]

Watchmen director Zack Snyder says: "To put it simply, there is an enormous amount of characters that populate the many time periods and environments of the Watchmen world. Although we encountered many challenges while making Watchmen, one of the most interesting and rewarding was creating the wardrobe for all of those people. This is the second time I've had the pleasure of working with Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson. Once again, I'm amazed by his talent and dedication. Take a look." [via]








[NOTE: apologies for the dismal screengrabs - hopefully clearer ones to come when the links to QT and/or HD-versions are released]

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