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!
By now the omnipresent District 9 buzz has undoubtedly reached you, and you're probably doubting that anything could be as good as people are saying this movie is. And I could sit here and illuminate the things that are wrong with it, but that would be futile -- because ten years from now this movie is going to be considered a classic, and rightfully so. It's a sci-fi movie that doesn't necessarily bust out of its genre roots, but it's far more Escape from New York than Independence Day, and I mean that as high praise. Escape from New York has a lot of flaws, but Escape from New York is also a great movie. So is District 9.
The newest Watchmen production diary is out, and it's a very special episode this week. Apparently, and don't tell anybody this... girls kick ass. No, it's true! Specifically, Carla Gugino and Malin Akerman kick ass, as they're pretty much the only two women in the movie, and they play mother and daughter crimefighters Silk Spectre I and Silk Spectre II, even though one is 37 and the other is 30. This video is the first time anyone has seen Gugino in her old-woman makeup, interacting with her grown daughter, and it's also the first footage we've seen of her teammate Hooded Justice, outside of the group photo he takes with the original Minutemen. (We also see the young Comedian in his jester suit.) And, of course, since the video is titled "Girls Kick Ass," there are plenty of shots of the younger Spectre beating cons up during the prison break. But don't just read about it -- watch it after the jump.
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!