"The Dark Knight" is getting some pretty intense ramp-up, and the fan excitement for the Christopher Nolan Batman film is intense. But wait, there’s more: I’m told that the first trailer for Zach Snyder’s "Watchmen," due in theaters next March, will be greeting comics fans who are already arriving in the theaters geeked-up. How is this for fitting confluence: Nolan’s film borrows its name and good deal of its grim spirit from "The Dark Knight Returns," Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel masterpiece, which changed the ambition and tone of comics. And of course, 1986 was also the year that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons brought the world "Watchmen," the most ambitious epic ever told in comics. Nice to see that it only took Hollywood a little more than two decades to put two classics together again.
-- Geoff Boucher
Image: Dave Gibbons / DC Comics