Another Rolling Stone editor walked in my office a minute ago to say that he watched the trailer for Watchmen and found the whole thing a chaotic, incoherent mess.
This guy admitted he's never read the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. But he didn't care. The trailer made him never want to read it or see the movie. Ditto the movie's posters. He hated the one with all the Watchmen characters and the individual posters offering one character at a time. Do you agree or disagree? I'll publish my review of the movie in a few days, but right now I'm asking what you're thinking of Watchmen in advance of its opening on Friday.
If you're a Watchman virgin like my friend here, did the trailer turn you off or on? And what about the posters? What kind of image and tagline would you have come up with to pull in someone like yourself? Have you liked any other comic-book movie and why?
If you're a Watchmen junkie, are you pissed that Hollywood would even dare make a movie of it or enthused at the prospect? Does having director Zack Snyder at the helm of the movie leave you jazzed or rattled based on what he did with 300, from Frank Miller's graphic novel about the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae?Have you liked any other comic-book movie and why?
And one last question for fans and newbies: Based on just on your gut instinct, will Watchmen be a megaflop or the first blockbuster movie opening of 2009?