Rebirth of Reason

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The Watchmen (2009)

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman
Director: Zack Snyder and Søren Lund
The WatchmenTo be released in theaters 03/06/09 -- based on the graphic novel that Time magazine called one of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923. 

Jackie Earle Haley as Walter Kovacs / Rorschach: A superhero who continues his vigilante activities after they are outlawed. Unlike the other five principal actors, Haley had read the comic and was keen to pursue the role when he heard he had become a favorite candidate among fans. He and fourteen friends put together his audition, where he performed scenes from the comic.  Haley "almost went nuts" trying to reconcile his understanding of complex human behavior with Rorschach's moral absolutism, stating the character made him wonder if people generally just make excuses for their bad actions.

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Screenwriter Peter Aperlo and  director Zack Snyder worked on 300:March to Glory.

Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to deconstruct the superhero concept. Watchmen takes place in an alternate history United States where the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most costumed superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement and eventually leads them to confront a plot by one of their own to stave off nuclear war by killing millions of innocent people.
Added by Michael E. Marotta
on 2/26/2009, 8:44am

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