Thursday, August 19, 2004

Who watches the Watchmen-watchers?

A thread about Watchmen, comic-book wizard Alan Moore's magnum opus, has popped up in the Fametracker forums recently. This has led to a number of interesting links:

  • Jude Law wants to star in Watchmen. Law is a huge fan of the comic and wants to play Ozymandias in the new Darren Aronofsky-directed film. Pretty good casting, I must say. Personally, I'd kind of like to see Alec Baldwin as Nite Owl. He's got that certain aging-leading-man-run-to fat quality. And someone in the forums floats the idea of Stacy Keach as The Comedian, which is an intriguing idea -- he's even already scarred, what with the hairlip. Best part: Law has a tattoo of Rorschach. Now that's a fan.
  • Sam Hamm's unproduced 1989 screenplay. This treatment of the story actually features an ending that would be releasable in a post 9/11 world. Best Part: Getting to see Captain Metropolis and The Comedian in action in the prelude.
  • Watchmen Funnies. From the depths of the Something Awful forums. Most aren't much good, but a couple work nicely, like the one featuring Rorschach as Japanese-schoolgirl-panty fetishist. Best Part: The original Nite Owl, suffering a case of explosive diarrhea, saying that his doctor told him he was "like Jackson Pollock with shit." I'm stealing that line.

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