Sunday, July 20, 2008

An excuse to post the Watchmen trailer

While watching the trailers before The Dark Knight (I love Heath Ledger btw,) one trailer blew my mind and almost overshadowed the movie. Actually not really true because I loved the movie and everything else pales in comparison; but the trailer is definitely one of the best I've ever seen.
Watchmen is a movie based on a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and is considered one of the best ever written. Ever! If you go to a bookstore and ask the employees what they recommend for a beginner, they will always say Watchmen.
Here is the Wikipedia description of the novel:

Watchmen is set in 1985, in an alternative history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who—with one notable exception—lack anything recognizable as super powers. Watchmen's deconstruction of the conventional superhero archetype, combined with its innovative adaptation of cinematic techniques and heavy use of symbolism, multi-layered dialogue, and metafiction, has influenced both comics and film.

Sounds like it could be an amazing movie eh? You bet your comic-movie-loving ass it could!

When I saw the trailer, I actually forgot about my Dark Knight/Heath excitement for a minute. That's how good it is. The Smashing Pumpkins song "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning" thumps its way through a visual orgy of tortured, mutilated heroes; sexy women walking through fire, murder and amazing special effects that will kick 300's ass.

And because I really believe that this graphic novel will change your life, buy it here.

But this is a fashion blog, not a pop culture blog so I must mention the costumes!
There aren't that many photos up yet so I grabbed the few available.

This is Nite Owl. He sort of has a Batman feel going on with the hood but this costume is less chesty and more rough and even spiritual with the symbols across the chest.

This is Ozymandia. I love the Eye of Horus on his belt; possibly it's there to symbolize protection. The whole outfit reminds me of some powerful God, with the muscular legs popping out and the gold-plated shoulders.
Rorschach's costume is literally an Rorschach ink blot on his mask. The ink blot test was used to examine personality traits and although I don't know much about this character, it is interesting to see his face and therefore personality hidden behind this psychological test. Wonder what it means?

I like how The Comedian has this massive shotgun and is being all bad ass but wears this tiny little "Robin" mask.

And finally the hot superhero! It looks as if The Silk Spectre wears nothing but thigh-high leather boots and gloves but she is actually wearing a costume behind the hair folks! The costume (watch the trailer) doesn't really leave anything to the imagination but it is erotic in a powerful way.


Chris said...

Rorschach, favorite costume, hands down. That combination of otherworldlyness coupled with the film noir-ness just makes it. It's like this terrifying familiarity that just hits me every time.

My favorite line from the graphic novel, from him, is "Good." The line itself isn't upsetting, but the context, the context really is.

So excited, I can barely move. Always. said...

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