Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Zack sacks conformity with tough-guy "Watchmen"

"Watchmen” director Zack Snyder calls his latest blockbuster-to-be “a hard movie,” and not necessarily because it was so difficult to create.
“I just wanted to kill the PG-13 superhero movie all the way,” Snyder says about his violent, R-rated film. “By the way, I think pop culture can handle it.”

Indeed. Two of his characters, the masked Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), whose brutal murder in the opening moments sets the “Watchmen” wheels in motion, likely will become the film’s two most popular antiheroes. Yet, neither ever lets political correctness get in the away of their vicious methods, just the way they deliver in the graphic novel on which their exploits are based.

“The cool thing I think the studio has done,” Snyder continues, “has been to sort of acknowledge that there is a place for an unusual movie, a movie that doesn't tick all the boxes. There is such a thing as people getting worn out by that same old thing, and they just don’t want to go again to another 'Fantastic Four' movie. They just can't take it. They won't go. Their brains won't let them go.
“The impossible thing, though, is a sort of giant, $100-million superhero movie that's unconventional and bizarre, that's not designable. That's the troublesome part. If it works, if it's super successful, it's a formula that sucks for them because it's not repeatable really.
“It's all interesting and good fun," Snyder concludes. “Warner Brothers, like I've said, has been amazingly supportive. I made them a difficult movie but they've been nice about it.”
Read what Snyder's superheroic stars tell me about their film at Sun News, where you'll also find my reviews of "Watchmen," "Two Lovers" and "Wendy and Lucy."

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