When Zack Snyder talks about taking a comic book property seriously, he obviously has a strong point of reference. His adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen is by far one of the most serious comic to film adaptations of all time, some would say to a fault. On the occasion of yet another version of Watchmen coming out on Blu-ray, Snyder not only looked back at that film’s legacy, but looked ahead to how his approach to Watchmen influenced his upcoming Superman film, Man of Steel.

He called Man of Steel “a more serious version of Superman” and reiterated that the movie was made “as though no other films had been made.” Superman, he believes, is the “the Rosetta Stone of all superheroes” and its that importance that drew him to the project. Read his quotes on Man of Steel and Watchmen after the jump. Read More »

Halloween is right around the corner and, odds are, you might already be partied out. Most sane people chose to have their parties over the weekend with the holiday on a Wednesday. But maybe you’re still excited, still have plans and still looking for a stand out, geek costume. Look no more. Grab a trench coat, fedora and check out a video that shows you how to (inexpensively) make a movie Rorschach mask just like the one in Watchmen. Read More »

For over twenty years, DC has wanted to capitalize on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ best-selling and standard-setting mini-series/graphic novel Watchmen by releasing additional stories featuring the same characters. Ideas about prequel series have been discussed since even before Watchmen‘s publication, with writer Alan Moore floating the idea of a Minutemen prequel series in ’85, and other options being discussed afterward.

Moore backed away from those ideas, and he and Dave Gibbons eventually walked away from DC altogether based, in part, on language in their contract for Watchmen that related to ownership of the characters. In 2010 DC offered to give Watchmen back to Moore if he would write additional stories, but he declined. At the same time, DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee said, “DC Comics would only revisit these iconic characters if the creative vision of any proposed new stories matched the quality set by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons nearly 25 years ago, and our first discussion on any of this would naturally be with the creators themselves.”

With no option of new stories by Moore and Gibbons, DC has gone ahead with other creators. Rumors of a Watchmen prequel have flown for months, with artwork occasionally hitting the internet and just as soon being hit with cease and desist orders from DC — the best admission that the prequels are really happening.

Indeed, today DC announced Before Watchmen, a set of seven interlocking prequel miniseries that will feature Watchmen characters such as Rorschach, the Comedian and Nite Owl. Details from the press release follow. (Updated with gallery of images for the new series.) Read More »

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 35 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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There are some geek mementos we know we’ll never own. An X-Wing fighter, Iron Man’s suit, Batman’s utility belt, a TRON light cycle, things like that. Well cross another one off your list. A YouTube user by the name of guinness0507, who runs a paint company called Paint With Pearl, has figured out a way to make a real-life, working Rorschach mask. It’s not as responsive as the CGI one that Jackie Earle Haley had in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, but it’s pretty awesome none the less. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

A couple new t-shirts have hit the tee of the day websites:

  • Today’s t-shirt on Ript Apparel Gremlinz, a design by Gimetzco!, a company which has produced t-shirt/cd art for national ska & punk bands like Phantom Planet, Reel Big Fish, Ozma & Weezer. The design features a bunch of evil Gremlins driving a 1970’s AMC Gremlin car with Gizmo tied to the roof. You can purchase the t-shirt for only $10 plus shipping. The design is available today (Thursday, December 9th 2010) and today only.
  • Today’s t-shirt on Teefury is a Watchmen/Star Wars mash-up titled “Who Watches the Empire” created by Jonah Block. You can purchase the t-shirt for only $9 plus shipping. The design is available today (Thursday, December 9th 2010) and today only.

Check out the designs in higher resolution after the jump.

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Reddit does it again, using a screencapture of Google Trends to show the extreme rise in user searches for the term “blue dong” in the begining of 2009, around the time that Watchmen was released in theaters.