This phrase, about society’s dilemma prescribing the authority of powerful in order to protect society, was the theme behind The Watchmen, a seminal work of late-20th-century fiction. It also happens to be a graphic novel, the more acceptable term for a “comic book”.
There’s a film adaptation is in the works, and the development history of this property—which its artist Alan Moore called “unfilmable”—spans decades. I know I’ve been waiting 20 years for a film to be made of what I consider to be the greatest work in the genre.
You can check out the official trailer, and it does look promising. I just really hope they don’t fuck it up. I’ve some concerns about the casting choices—mostly b-listers which is usually a sign that 1) the studio didn’t really know how to sell it; and 2) it’s not a super high-budget project. What’s more, it’s scheduled to come out in March 2009, not typically the season for blockbusters.
But this is a magnificent alt-superhero story that defies convention, featuring some of the most thoughtful writing ever matched to pen and ink. Of course I’ll want to see it on the big screen.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? I sure as hell will, next March.