Zack Snyder Didn't Ruin Watchmen

He just sapped it of its superpower.

The philosopher Iain Thomson (who valiantly brought Heidegger's Being and Time to bear on his reading of Watchmen) maintained that Moore not only deconstructed the idea of comic book super-heroism but pulverized the very notion of the hero—and the hero-worship that comics traditionally sell. For all its superficial fidelity, Snyder's movie stands Moore's novel on its head, trying to reconstruct a conventional blockbuster out of those empty capes and scattered shards.

Two Love: Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's explosive relationship.
Warner Bros.
Two Love: Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's explosive relationship.

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Watchmen
Directed by Zack Snyder
Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures
Opens March 6

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