I know we talked about the Watchmen trailer last week, and I also know that I pledged to keep the hype for this flick to a low simmer, lest I become part of the geeky problem rather than the solution. BUT...I've watched this thing enough in the past three days that I need to talk about it. Just a little.
For one thing, YouTube is so totally not the ideal format to watch this. I cannot recommend downloading the trailer for free on iTunes highly enough. With that out of the way...how about the balls on this clip? I love it. I love using the Smashing Pumpkins' alternate version of "The End Is the Beginning Is the End," practically daring people to draw comparisons to Batman & Robin while at the same time making those comparisons look foolish. Of course, premiering in front of The Dark Knight is the easiest way to be reminded that Watchmen doesn't enjoy the luxury of being the realist antithesis to the superhero genre anymore, but I'm already weary in anticipation of all the comparing and contrasting those two movies are going to be subjected to in the next eight months, so I'll leave it at that.
I'd love to hear from people who never read the Watchmen graphic novel and find out what they think of the trailer. There's so little information given out -- and obviously only the slightest hint of the alternate-universe America and its Cold War politics that are so central to the story -- and I'm wondering if the obliqueness is tantalizing or a turn-off.