Monday, July 23, 2007

A Few Watchmen Updates

Well, I haven't written a Watchmen post in a little while, so I thought I'd give you an update on a few of the rumors, circulating around the film. Firstly, last time I posted about the film I mentioned a new website that had gone online Rorschach's Journal. Unfortunately it turns out that this is NOT an official film site. And for the record in case people were duped, The Veidt Method website is also not at all affiliated with Warner in any official capacity. That said, RJ does seem to be a pretty decent fan blog keeping up with all the Watchmen movie happenings.

In more official news, a short spoiler free synopsis of the film has made its way onto the net. Don't worry its more of like what you'll find on the back of the dvd than any kind of inside information. Check it...

"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?"

In casting rumor news, there are a number of names floating around for this ensemble cast. Of them the ones that sound like the most confirmed rumors ;) CHUD is saying that Billy Crudup has been cast as the big blue man himself Dr Manhattan. Which in my opinion is an inspired choice. They claim that Snyder will reveal all at his comic con panel. And since I'll be there I will let you know as soon as I do. Next from the more reliable rumor department comes the Latino Review's report that hottie Malin Ackerman has been cast as Laurie Jupiter aka The Silk Spectre (II). Additionally IESB has their own scoop claiming that newcomer Matthew Goode has been cast as Ozymandias. And finally director Zack Snyder has publicly expressed interest in casting both Gerard Butler and Thomas Jane in unknown roles ion the film. We'll see how those things come together though. Personally I'm really waiting to find out who will be cast as Nite-Owl, who is a much more accessible protagonist than Rorschach. We will undoubtedly find out more on this later this week at comic con. For now though I'm starting to think that this film might actually get off the ground.

In one final kind of amusing tidbit film producers have put out a casting call for historical lookalikes to appear in the film. The are reportedly trying to find actors to portray Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, H.R. Haldeman, Ted Koppel, John McLaughlin, Annie Liebovitz, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Fidel Castro, Albert Einstein, Norman Rockwell, John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Mao Zedong and Larry King. That just makes me smile :D

Until we find ourself standing on more firm footing though, lets leave the Watchmen. Not to worry though I should be back with more updates on the film next week.


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