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The Watchmen graphic novel is pretty much universally loved by anybody who reads comic books. The Watchmen movie directed by Zack Snyder, however, is not. The movie has issues, and the longer the version you watch, the more issues it has. Of course, the movie is also so beloved by some fans that even this Honest Trailer will likely upset some people. Watch the video below and judge for yourself!
If there's one thing that everybody can agree on when it comes to Zack Snyder's Watchmen, it's that the movie is an utterly faithful adaptation of the page to the screen. This is probably the single reason that everybody either loves it or doesn't. As the Honest Trailer points out, doing this requires the movie to be absolutely jam packed full of material. Whether or not Snyder should have attempted such an adaptation is one question, but the fact that he was even able to do it is still fairly impressive. It's no wonder that the film required two separate extended editions just to get everything else in there.
If we feel bad about anything , it's when the video specifically calls out Malin Ackerman for her performance as Silk Spectre in Watchmen. If we're being entirely fair, we're not disagreeing - we just feel bad. There was something completely off there. She's not a terrible actress, and it's still not clear what happened. Still, the actual performances may have been overlooked since they obviously weren't nearly as important to the overall film than getting its tone and visual style correct. They succeeded in that department.
All jokes aside, it's clear how much Watchmen really was a prototype film when it came to Zack Snyder creating the DC Extended Universe. Much of the visual style from Watchmen carries over into Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The fact that many of the plot beats also carry over we're actually going to chalk up to coincidence, although the fact that the "Hey, we have the same name" thing is in there is just depressing. Do you think Zack Snyder get really excited when he meets other people named Zack?
Zack Snyder is just going to be one of those directors that is always going to be somewhat controversial and divisive. Either you enjoy his grim, dark, violent movies, or you don't. Of all the potential Watchmen movies that nearly happened, this one is certainly the most faithful to the comic, even if Alan Moore doesn't like it. Although, Alan Moore doesn't really like anything, so what can you do?
Is Watchmen's faithfulness to its source material the thing that makes it the best comic book ever made or is it the thing that makes the film a bloated mess? Let us know what you think in the comments below.