Jeffrey Dean Morgan calls Zack Snyder’s Watchmen “ahead of its time.” Based on the DC Comics limited series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons of the same name, Watchmen is set in an alternate history in 1985 during the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
Revolving around a group of mostly retired American superheroes, the movie sends the squad to investigate the anomalous murder of one of their own. What seems to be a very straightforward mission turns into a string of unexpected events after they stumble on an elaborate conspiracy.
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Catching up with Variety during the red carpet of his latest flick, Rampage, Morgan was asked about his thoughts on Watchmen as the movie approaches its 10th-year-anniversary. The Walking Dead actor played Edward Blake aka. The Comedian, in the ensemble flick alongside other actors such as Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, and Patrick Wilson. Here’s what Morgan said:
“I’m very proud of that movie. People are still finding it and watching it and I think it’ll have fans forever. I think it was ahead of its time. I don’t know what else to say, other than I’m extremely proud of it. Not long ago, I caught the second half of the film, just flipping channels, and loved it. It was great.”
Watchmen is arguably the most important piece in Snyder’s portfolio that landed him the role of the main filmmaker behind the launch of the DCEU. Coming on the heels of the success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night, the movie was a fresh spin on the superhero genre narrative via the significantly lesser known DC property. Despite polarizing reviews, those who liked the film gave it glowing comments for its unique approach to other superhero films at that time, while those who didn’t had harsh things to say. Ironically, it has a similar reception to Snyder’s subsequent DC films such as Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Considering how the ensemble flick remains to be a favorite topic of conversation among fans, it’s safe to say that it had a tremendous impact on the genre, regardless of what people’s perception of it may be.
Proof of Watchmen‘s rich premise is Damon Lindelof revisiting the IP, this time via a small screen offering on HBO. Story details of the forthcoming project are still scant at the moment, but the producer extraordinaire teased that a longer format would only benefit their storytelling considering it’ll give them the ability to flesh out parts of the narrative that weren’t fully explored in its film iteration especially with the source material’s extremely dense themes. And with Snyder not associated with the show, it’ll be curious to see how Lindelof and his team handles the IP.
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HBO’s Watchmen TV series has yet to get an official release date.