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Watchmen Movie Site Facelift

So the folks at WB decided to celebrate the settlement of the Fox lawsuit by updating the official movie Web site.

How does it look? Well, if I may borrow a few words from Watchmen movie director Zack Snyder — “super, awesomey cool!”

For me, there are three very big standout features that make this new site so spectacular.

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First, there’s the animation. As some sections of the site load, you are treated to an “Owl Ship eye’s view” as the camera flies through the streets of Watchmen’s alternate New York City. My hat is off to the Web developers at WB on this one. Great stuff.

Second, there’s the new lines of dialog that play as you navigate through the character screens. Since the trailers so far have be void of any real dialog, this is the first time we’re getting to hear these characters speak in full sentences.

Rorschach’s section even contains some lengthy entries from his journal, including the “…I’ll whisper ‘No.’” diatribe now complete with the “whores and politicians” that was trimmed from the trailers.

Third, there’s the long looping clips of Tyler Bates score. Let me say that these clips are nothing short of fantastic. Many fans who were concerned about what Bates was going to do with this score are now raving about what he's managed to do with the film's music.

Bates has captured the essence of Vangelis’ Bladerunner soundtrack in the clip that accompanies The Comedian and Dr. Manhattans sections on the site. And on Silk Spectre II’s section, there’s a dreamy guitar track that reminds me me of Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler’s soundtrack work on film’s like the Princess Bride. Hell, the track on the Ozymandias section even sounds a bit like the Phillip Glass music used in the trailers.

I’m not surprised that the decision was made to deconstruct 80’s movie music in a film that deconstructs superhero movies, which is based on a graphic novel that deconstructs superhero comics. Sorta makes sense, doesn’t it? Needless to say, I’m floored and heavily impressed with this score so far.

Well, what are you waiting for, go get on the geekgasm express that is the roller coaster ride of the new Warner Bros. official Watchmen movie site.

The updated WB Watchmen movie Web site

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