Meeting the Watchmen

Thousands of fanboys and fangirls awaiting their Citizen Kane stormed the San Diego Convention Center on July 25 to see advance footage of WATCHMEN, directed by Zack Snyder (300) and due in theaters next March. Based on Alan Moore's graphic novel--which TIME's critics named one of the 100 best novels since the magazine's founding in 1923--the film is set in an alternate 1980s world where Richard Nixon is still President, cold war tensions run high and superheroes are being murdered. Snyder's teaser showed arresting visuals of the giant blue Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) atomizing some Viet Cong, fellow crusaders Nite Owl...

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