Nov. 12, 2012 | 1:22 p.m.
Director Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” was released in theaters in 2009, but the film has been in a near constant state of revision since then. First there was the director’s cut released on DVD, then there was “Tales of the Black Freighter,” a separate adaptation of the comic-within-a-comic in the original “Watchmen” book. Then there was an “Ultimate Cut,” with the “Black Freighter” segments re-edited into the film, giving it a three-and-a-half hour running time. Now, there’s a new edition of the film, billed as the most complete “Watchmen” yet released, which combines the full “Ultimate Cut” of the film with Alan Moore’s original graphic novel. The set hits stores Tuesday. Snyder, deep in post-production on “Man of Steel,” took time out to talk about the film’s continuing appeal to viewers and how it means even more today than when it […]
June 18, 2012 | 12:38 p.m.
With just two issues published (and the third arriving Tuesday), the DC Comics expansion of the “Watchmen” mythology is still a Rorschach test — people look into its ink and find shapes that suit their own imported opinion, hope, outlook or agenda. The passion and debate stirred up DC’s “Before Watchmen” prequels is the subject of the fifth episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” which is a special on-stage edition featuring my interview with DC Comics co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio at the recent Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. “Before Watchmen” may end up as the biggest story of the year in comics, but so far there’s more to say than to see. The “Before Watchmen” plan is a major mosaic with 35 pieces to it (that’s 34 issues spread across seven separate titles and then the single-issue coda of “Before Watchmen: […]
June 11, 2012 | 9:43 a.m.
Last week, the first issue of “Before Watchmen: Minutemen” was the shot heard ’round the world for comic book fans. The 32-page book — featuring the writing and artwork of Darwyn Cooke — added, for the first time, a new chapter to “Watchmen,” the 1980s epic that still stands as the bestselling and most acclaimed graphic novel ever. “Watchmen,” by the British tandem of writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, was first published in a 12-issue limited series that began in September 1986 and — with its scale, intricacy, literary aspiration, storytelling formats and sheer craft — would drag the entire medium up the pop-culture staircase of ambition. The mythology and rhythm of “Watchmen” was so singular that, as the years passed, it seemed entirely natural that it sit on a shelf by itself. Now that bookcase is going to get crowded. “Before Watchmen” […]
June 07, 2012 | 4:55 p.m.
“Before Watchmen” has arrived. After months of hot-button debate (and plenty of hot-air declarations), the first installment of the six-issue “Minutemen” miniseries is now on sale. The issue, written and drawn by Darwyn Cooke, is the vanguard arrival of DC’s “Before Watchmen” initiative, which widens the mythology of “Watchmen,” that 12-issue epic by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons that (in a collected single-book form) stands as the medium’s most acclaimed and influential graphic novel. (Moore is bitterly opposed to these new “Watchmen” efforts while Gibbons has accepted payment but kept himself at arm’s length.) Comics superstar Cooke, meanwhile, is never shy around controversy and we caught up with him to talk about camping out on sacred ground. HC: Would you describe yourself as a passionate fan or a disciple of the original 12-issue “Watchmen” series by Moore and Gibbons? DC: I […]
March 30, 2012 | 7:45 a.m.
The landmark legacy of “Watchmen” and the intriguing future of “Before Watchmen” will be center stage at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, with an on-stage Q&A featuring DC Entertainment co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio as well as a rare big-screen presentation of the director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s 2009 film “Watchmen.” “Watchmen” was the 12-issue series (1986-1987) by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons that arguably redefined the ambitions and literary stature of the American comic book. DC is returning to that universe with the ”Before Watchmen” project, which will launch a series of separate, multi-issue prequels – a bold move considering that Moore has publicly criticized the concept and will not be participating. Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher will moderate the discussion with Lee and DiDio. The discussion is set for 1 p.m. on April 21 in USC’s […]
Sept. 20, 2011 | 11:41 a.m.
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. One of the fastest-rising stars in comics is Scott Snyder, who won over plenty of fans with his bloody, epic sprawl of the ongoing series “American Vampire” and his especially cerebral Gotham City duty in “Detective Comics.” The horror-loving writer will be teaching a class on comic books to students in the graduate writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and, more importantly, he has been handed the keys to two revered titles under the new DC re-launch: “Batman” and “Swamp Thing.” Hero Complex contributor Travis Walecka caught up with Snyder to chat about his dark plans. This is part one of the interview. TW: Talk a bit about your thought process while writing comic books, particularly when you have the challenge of incorporating horror and fantasy elements into […]
Feb. 16, 2009 | 9:39 p.m.
I’m headed over to see a "Watchmen" screening Tuesday and then Wednesday it’s on to the press junket at the Four Seasons. It’s exciting to see this movie reaching the final leg of its long and tortured marathon to the silver screen and I’m eager to see what Zack Snyder has accomplished with his quest to film the unfilmable movie. Alan Moore has made it clear that he won’t be going to see the film and if you were holding out hope (I know I was) that he might change his mind, well, I think that’s just a pipe dream now. Why? Well, this new crush of tie-in merchandise is staggering and each item — from the doomsday ball-caps and Dr. Manhattan lunch boxes to the coffee mugs, wall pennants and booze flasks — will be like a sharp jab […]
Feb. 05, 2009 | 12:25 a.m.
On the page, one of the most gripping aspects of "Watchmen" was the story-within-a-story of "Tales of the Black Freighter," the gruesome maritime yarn about a sailor watching the world around him tumble into dark madness. "Freighter" brought such story symmetry and symbolism value to "Watchmen" that many people (including Alan Moore) often cite it when they declare the comic-book epic to be simply "unfilmable." "Watchmen" the film hits theaters on March 6, and while the running-time restraints of Hollywood make the secondary tale completely impractical, director Zack Snyder has been outspoken in his desire stay aboard the "Black Freighter" in some fashion. Here’s his solution…. This animated adaptation from Warner Premiere of the grim pirate tale will be sold on DVD ($27.95) and BluRay ($35.99) and hits stores on March 24. "Freighter," which is R-rated, features the voice of […]
Dec. 30, 2008 | 4:20 p.m.
Welcome to your Tuesday morning edition of Everyday Hero, the roundup of handpicked headlines from across the fanboy universe. ALAN MOORE SAYS ‘BWAH-HA-HA-HA!’: Well, not really, but I just love posting this photograph of him any chance I get and I do suspect that he would express some glee about the ugly corporate feud that has raised doubts about the planned release of "Watchman," the big Warner Bros. adaptation of Moore’s epic. I would call Moore and ask him directly, but the last time we spoke he made it quite clear that he was done talking about the film and Hollywood in general because he more or less loathes the film industry. A judge’s surprise ruling last week has created the very real possibility that "Watchmen" might not hit theaters in March — a shocking development but, now that I […]
Dec. 02, 2008 | 1:20 p.m.
EXCLUSIVE: The second installment of our three-part interview with Neil Gaiman finds the writer musing on the “British Invasion” in comics, describing his love for “mythology mash-ups” and wondering if maybe he pulled off the impossible with sustained excellence of “The Sandman” (Read Part One and Part Three) GB: How would you describe Morpheus, your flawed Lord of Dreams, to someone who was coming to the tale for the first time? NG: He’s a lot like me, only with an immortal’s superpowers and no sense of humor of any kind. Hmm. So in fact, he isn’t anything like me at all but he does have very messy hair. [Laughs] That was a great point of correspondence between me and the character. He’s much paler than I am too. No, really, with the character, it was an idea of trying to […]