This is playing with The Dark Knight — I dunno if it’s everywhere, but I did see it when I saw the Batman movie for the second time this weekend:
It’s been a few years since I read Watchmen, but it seems to me that some of the images here are lifted directly from the graphic novel (if I remember correctly). The Batman-esque masked crusader is particularly potent, especially considering the placement of the theatrical debut of this trailer, before Dark Knight.
Big plus for the movie: Billy Crudup. He continues the excellent recent trend of casting real actors (Edward Norton, Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale) in “comic book” movies, which can only be a good thing. Another plus: director Zack Snyder. His 300 is fantastic.
Worries: The graphic novel is long. This should probably be a TV miniseries. I hope they don’t condense it too much. I also wonder whether the filmmakers will feel they have to lose much of the mid-80s late-Cold War paranoia about nuclear armageddon. The primary audience for this movie will be people who have no memory of, or weren’t even yet alive, in the 1980s, when global nuclear war felt very close and extremely possible. They won’t know what it felt like to be alive then and absolutely convinced you would die under a mushroom cloud, as I did as a teenager. I can’t imagine Watchmen working without that feeling, but that doesn’t mean Hollywood won’t feel it’s outdated and hence worth dispensing with.