Being a self proclaimed geek, I would be remiss if I did not blog about something comic book related. I realize this is a shocker to most of you, however it must be done. One of my favorite pieces of comic fiction is the Watchmen series.
For those of you not as familiar with the geek universe, Alan Moore’s Watchmen is set an alternate 1985 universe. In this world: Richard Nixon is still president, the world is on the brink of nuclear war, and costume heroes have been outlawed. We’re not talking all powerful superheroes, the costume heroes in this universe were ordinary folks who took up their mantel to stave off common evils. Now, someone is killing them off.
The strength of the story lies in that the heroes are as ordinary as you or I. (The notable exception being Dr. Manhattan) The glory days of being a hero have been taken away from them by politicians. Wasting away in the day to day lives that we all lead, these once proud defenders of humanity are mechanics and housewives. When called upon to solve the murders of their compatriots, the costume heroes not only have the chance to save the world but to reclaim their former status. The most powerful sentiment in the tale is an age old quandary, what price is too much to pay for saving humanity from itself?
Sound familiar? Watchmen is arguably one of the most influential works in comic history. One has to go no further than The Incredibles to see the homages plastered all over the story line. And you though when you took your kids to the Incredibles, it was a fun original work…
Now after years of internet rumors, it looks like Watchmen will finally get a movie adaptation. Sci Fi channel’s web site has reported that Zach Snyder will direct the film. Snyder has currently directed the adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300 about the Battle of Thermopylae. (Check out the trailer on the 300’s web site) Other rumors swirling around about the Watchmen’s cast include: John Cusack as Night Owl, Sigourney Weaver as the Silk Spectre, and Daniel Craig as Rorschach. The rumor I’m waiting for is Dennis Farina as the Comedian.
At this point, I’m still not holding my breath. Those who have been waiting for a Watchmen movie have had to endure years of cruel rumors. Some of those include Darren Aronofsky directing the project, Watchmen being turned into a Cop Rock like musical, and the licensing being so jacked up a Watchmen movie would never see the light of day. (For a full list of ancient rumors check out this Wiki article.)
Stay tuned, cross your fingers, and buy a copy of Watchmen for your girlfriend in