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Watchmen Suits Up

With exactly one year left before the scheduled release date — five costume photos are revealed

At 11:55 PM New York time on March 5th 2008 the world finally got a look at five of the Watchmen movie actors in their full-costumed glory.

The heavily Photoshopped photos were posted on the official WB movie production blog to mark the day that is exactly one year prior to the movie’s set release date of March 6th, 2009.

So why were the photos published at 11:55 PM? Well, that time represents the position of the Doomsday Clock — a symbolic clock face where midnight represents destruction of the human race by nuclear war. It is set at five minutes to midnight during the drama that takes place in the Watchmen story.

The long awaited images show Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl, looking very Batman-esque in vacuformed rubber, and standing in front of his owl-ship “Archie.”

Then there’s Malin Akerman as The Silk Spectre, looking sexy in a skimpy yellow and black latex number complete with garters.

Next we have Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian, toting a shotgun and grinning menacingly, and Matthew Goode as Ozymandias with his golden, albeit rubber, collar and trademark purple cape.

Finally, we get our first clear image of Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, who looks, well, exactly like Rorschach should look.

Now with the exception of Rorschach, and perhaps The Comedian, the costumes are a big departure from what’s depicted in the original graphic novel. Now, I don’t think we’re getting a good look at the colors, as they seem to have been heavily de-saturated for that “300 look” that director Zack Snyder seems to like so much.

That aside, I think I can live with the updates as the essence of each character’s look has, for me, been retained. Actually, I think they've done one helluva job. My hat’s off to Zack and art department here. Nice work.


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