Oh joy, finally some concrete, factual, “it came from the studio so it’s 100% true” news about Zack Snyder’s comic book movie “Watchmen”, which is sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2008. The fact that it’s even getting made is a miracle in itself, and now Warner Brothers has released (via) the official plot synopsis for “Watchmen”.
It goes something like this:
“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?”
Interesting. I never thought Snyder would actually stay this faithful to Alan Moore’s story by setting the movie in 1985 America. But I guess it makes sense. Snyder seems to have an almost obsessive (and dare I say, refreshing?) need to stay true to the source material of his projects. Good for you, boyo!
Now if only Warner Brothers would release the cast listing for the movie…