If you've seen footage of Dr. Manhattan, the glowing, atomic superhero who plays a major role in Zack Snyder's Watchmen movie, you've probably thought to yourself, "How do they do that?" Or maybe you didn't. Maybe you know everything there is to know about special effects, and I'm a big stupidhead. Well, I may be a big stupidhead, but I don't think I'm alone in being curious about how they made the glow from a computer-generated character appear on the real-life characters he was interacting with. Luckily, this stupidhead need wonder no longer!
Well, the first non-teaser trailer for Watchmen appears in front of Quantum of Solace this weekend, but it's already up online, and it is good. At least, most people would say that it was good. There are still haters out there, including those who cry foul every time an element is changed from the original graphic novel, and others who simply can't stand director Zack Snyder's slow-motion filmmaking. But the trailer certainly looks beautiful, and it explains the murder-mystery plot pretty well to people who might not be familiar with the comic. Whether the haters are right, and this movie will end up being a huge mess, it's too early to tell, so let's just focus on what we saw in the trailer, shall we?
Once a month, the official Watchmen movie website posts a new production diary, showing behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film, showcasing the magnificent costumes, and the elaborate sets. It was presumed that they would continue until the film's debut, but now that the movie's release date is in question due to the ongoing lawsuit, they may have a few more videos to make if the release date gets pushed back to 2010. Perhaps that's another positive way to look at this situation -- if the movie gets delayed, we get more DVD extras!