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A couple of “Watchmen” news this week. The first one involves the Minutemen. Who are the Minutement? Before there was the Watchmen, there was the Minutemen, the first team of superheroes in the world of “Watchmen”. They formed in 1939, but disbanded ten years later in 1949. But in 1940, shortly after their formation, they took this groovy little picture (below). Present are: the original Nite Owl, the original Silk Spectre, Captain Metropolis, Hooded Justice, Mothman, Dollar Bill, and Silhouette.
Find more about the Minutemen from Wikipedia.
Now about The Black Freighter. The New York Times, of all places, has news about a separate story about the character, also directed by Snyder, which will be released separately from the “Watchmen” movie on DVD:
Directed by Zack Snyder and set for a March 2009 release, the big-budget ["Watchmen"] tells the story of a group of retired superheroes who are tied to a conspiracy that could change history.
The twist is that Mr. Snyder, known for turning the Spartan comic book series “300” into a global hit movie, is also directing a separate-but-related picture that Warner plans to distribute exclusively on DVD.
The second film, tentatively called “Tales of the Black Freighter,” follows a side “Watchmen” storyline about a shipwreck and will arrive in stores five days after the main movie rolls out in theaters. The DVD will also include a documentary-style film called “Under the Hood” that will delve into the characters’ backstories.
My guess is that they’ll eventually release “Tales of the Black Freighter” along with the “Watchmen” DVD when the movie leaves theaters and finally hits stores in a combo deal or something similar. Although I’m very curious how much of “Freighter” there will be. The character makes sporadic appearances in the comics (a comic within a comic), and it’ll be interesting to learn how much of it Snyder actually filmed.
Image via AICN.