Late last year, we were invited to visit Zack Snyder's Vancouver based Watchmen set. And everyone that attended the sneak peak tour of this iconic comic book adaptation in the making had to agree: It was like taking a fieldtrip to some sort of fanboy Mecca. At every single turn, exhilarating gasps of awe would escape from the collective lips of our group. It was a massive geek-out, and we were seeing a true culmination of cool coming together to form what could only be called a graphic novel on steroids. Yes, the vibe surrounding this future masterpiece was enough to vibrate the equator back an inch or two. A small tsunami formed within our group, and its swirl is but a modicum of the praise you will hear in the next few months for this highly anticipated work of pulp greatness.
If you aren't familiar with Watchmen and its legacy, don't worry. Almost every single publication that you frequent will catch you up to speed by the time of it's March 6th, 2009, release date. Some have called the 1986 cumulative mini-series the greatest literary work of the last half of this century. Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the twelve-issue comic book is the only illustrated work to ever win the coveted Hugo Award, as well as the only graphic novel to appear on Time Magazine's 100 best English-language novels of the last 90 years.
For many years, the graphic novel was thought unfilmable. It wasn't until Zack Snyder, the man responsible for the big screen adaptation of 300 and the recent remake of Dawn of the Dead, came aboard that things really started to come together for this unimaginable adaptation. At this point in the game, it looks like Snyder has done everything in his power to acclimate the story for the big screen. Having viewed the costumes and sets, its safe to say that Watchmen the film looks like it just might hold up to the heritage and family tree of its paper-paged forefather.
Possibly the biggest fan favorite out of the dozen or so characters that litter the Watchmen landscape, Haley had this to say about playing his masked vigilante, "My approach was to look at the graphic novel. All of the information is in there, so it's about digging in and opening it up. What drives this guy is what he experienced as a child. He was victimized, unintentionally, by his mom. So, it was interesting to me. We live in a world of grays. And there is so much complexity to described behavior. It can sometimes justify wrongs for greater the goods." Jackie went on to describe his work in-depth, an interview we will be able to share with you in the near future, when our full set visit hits the Internet.