Must Watch: ‘Watchmen’ Trailer

A lot of new trailers came out today and this one is amazing. It’s playing in theaters this weekend with The Dark Knight.

Watchmen is the next movie/graphic novel adaptation from Zack Snyder (300).

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” – which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?

Here’s something funny you probably wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. MTV spoke to Snyder and he said they had to change 12 frames in the trailer at the request of the MPAA. Apparently you can’t point a gun at the viewer anymore in a video clip or poster.

So, as a funny nod to the edited E.T. version Spielberg released in 2002, they switched the gun with a walkie talkie for those frames. The scene is when one of the heroes hits an assassin with a brass stanchion into the fountain. It’s at about 1 minute 30 seconds into the video.

Watchmen is in theaters March 6, 2009.