WATCHMEN: First Trailer For 2-Part Animated Movie Looks A LOT Like Zack Snyder's Adaptation

WATCHMEN: First Trailer For 2-Part Animated Movie Looks A LOT Like Zack Snyder's Adaptation

Warner Bros./DC Studios have shared the first teaser trailer for the upcoming CG animated adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen, which will be released in two parts...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 14, 2024 09:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Watchmen
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Who watches the Watchmen?

Maybe the better question is, who wants to watch another direct adaptation of Watchmen?

Updates have been scarce since we first got word that Warner Bros. Animation and DC Studios were developing an animated feature based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' iconic graphic novel during SDCC last year, but the first teaser trailer has now been released online.

The two-part event movie utilizes CG animation style, with Chapter 1 set to debut later this year and Chapter 2 at some point in 2025. The project has been described as "a leap forward for our DC Cinematic Animation."

The trailer teases some key moments that are sure to be familiar to fans of the comic - and Zack Snyder's live-action adaptation!

There's no getting away from the fact that this looks a lot like the 2009 movie, which, to be fair, did also recreate numerous panels from the page. Still, we're sure some fans will have been hoping for a completely fresh take on the material, as opposed to another slavishly faithful retelling.

The footage gives us glimpses of most of the main characters, including The Comedian, Doctor Manhattan, Silk Spectre, Nite Owl, and Rorschach, who once again looks like he's going to be the main focus of the story. 

In a somewhat unusual move, the trailer has been released before the creative team and voice cast were announced, but we'll be sure to update as soon as WB shares the details.

HBO released a Watchmen sequel series back in 2019 to great acclaim. The show concluded on a cliffhanger (of a sort), but there's been no word on a second season, and writer Damon Lindelof has said that it's highly unlikely to happen in interviews.

Check out the trailer at the link below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

"Danger is on the horizon. In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered in his own apartment, the masked vigilante known as Rorschach uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates, only one of which has true powers (Dr. Manhattan), Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world's future."

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marvel72 - 6/14/2024, 9:19 AM
I think it looks more like the comic book/graphic novel.
Origame - 6/14/2024, 9:21 AM
Did it have to look like a dated version of what if? They could've gone with the tomorrowverse Art style.
DrReedRichards - 6/14/2024, 9:26 AM
Adaptations Of The Same Source Material Look Similar!

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TheVisionary25 - 6/14/2024, 9:27 AM
@DrReedRichards - idk what fans want anymore honestly.
DrReedRichards - 6/14/2024, 9:33 AM
@TheVisionary25 -

Fans of what? Or rather, fans of whom?

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TheVisionary25 - 6/14/2024, 9:37 AM
@DrReedRichards - pretty much anything it seems like nowadays lol

Also now I wanna watch I, Robot , that’s a fun one!!.
harryba11zack - 6/14/2024, 9:26 AM
don't really care for the sh1tty 3d art style but if anything is to come from this then just I hope mcfarlane does some watchmen figures.
CharlesLeeRay - 6/14/2024, 9:28 AM
Yep, this is the exact animation I was afraid they would use. Sad.
FusionWarrior - 6/14/2024, 9:29 AM
Rorschach's journal, I smell a faithful adaptation!
jerryblake - 6/14/2024, 9:29 AM
imo the animation in this goes from decent to cheap or unfinished (can't decide) in no time.

Watch it in HD (1080p) if you can and i think you will get what I mean.

"a leap forward for our DC Cinematic Animation" - not so sure about that one.

Could it be that the budget was too low ?
ObserverIO - 6/14/2024, 11:04 AM
@jerryblake - looks like somewhere between the tomorrowverse and a motion comic with a little '90s 3D thrown in there.
DravenCorvis - 6/14/2024, 9:30 AM
Reminds me of What If...?

And I'm not a fan of the animation for that.
TheVisionary25 - 6/14/2024, 9:37 AM
Seems like it’s gonna be a faithful adaptation of the comic which should make fans happy or maybe not apparently going by Ror’s comments lol..

Kidding aside , I do get it since it does have a feeling of “been there , done that” since how similar it looks & feels to Snyder’s version which itself is very faithful atleast to the aesthetic of the comic but if you want adaptations to come as close as possible to the source then that is gonna happen honestly.

Anyway , I personally have never been the biggest Watchmen fan but this does look like it could be decent…

The animation is something I need to get used to , the cel shaded 3D look reminds of something like Tales from the Borderland or RWBY especially , the latter of which has never been my favorite but we’ll see.

More intrigued by who is in the voice cast , the guy playing Rorschach seems to be doing well!!.
FireandBlood - 6/14/2024, 9:37 AM
Looks shit
FireandBlood - 6/14/2024, 9:37 AM
Actually can’t stand this animation style
RitoRevolto - 6/14/2024, 9:42 AM
@FireandBlood - It must be hella cheap to use if more studios are starting to use it.
FireandBlood - 6/14/2024, 9:51 AM
@RitoRevolto - It must be if even Toei are using it for DBZ
Spoken - 6/14/2024, 9:37 AM
Damn I never realized how so many people dislike cel-shaded animation.

I like it. It's very interesting animation, and I'll say this adaptation looks pretty good.
RitoRevolto - 6/14/2024, 9:40 AM
@Spoken - I don't mind it for video games like Dragon Ball Z, especially when the lines are a bit thicker. But just doesn't feel right for an animated show or movie when we've had far better animation styles used before.
Spoken - 6/14/2024, 9:42 AM
@RitoRevolto - To each their own. I like it a lot honestly. Then again this is coming from someone who uses video games to make animated movies so there's that lol.
RitoRevolto - 6/14/2024, 9:43 AM
@Spoken - Well that's fair lol.
KaptainKhaos - 6/14/2024, 9:42 AM
Ew, I hate the animation, it's like that low budget What If Series and X-Men 97 animation.

Absolute pass
Doomsday8888 - 6/14/2024, 9:42 AM
Snyder fr, ya gotta be intellectually dishonest not to admit that.
HashTagSwagg - 6/14/2024, 9:50 AM
Yikes, looks like "What if" but somehow cheaper. I'll stick with the motion comic.
CharlesLeeRay - 6/14/2024, 9:56 AM
Not a fan of Snyder and I do hate his religious followers, but I gotta admit he did a great job with his Watchmen's vision. He settled a visual precedent.
Even the HBO tv series, which I found even better, is heavily influenced by Snyder's aesthetic.
HermanM - 6/14/2024, 9:58 AM
It looks much better than Snyder's mostly decent adaptation (and only decent film).

Hopefully it will be more accurate to the comic books than Snyder's was. The motion comic was perfect (aside from not having a female actress for the female characters), hopefully this will be more like that than the Snyder film.

It looks great so far. Can't wait to see this.
HermanM - 6/14/2024, 9:59 AM
Is be fine with a Kingdom Come movie that looks like this.
Spoken - 6/14/2024, 10:03 AM
@HermanM - Hmmm...I would rather Kingdom Come done, with an animation style that is as close as possible to Alex Ross's art. So I rather they would do something completely new rather than use cel-shaded animation.

His art is too beautiful not to TRY to replicate for animation. But I wouldn't be surprised if its difficult to do.
HermanM - 6/14/2024, 10:54 AM
@Spoken - I agree, I think it is too difficult for animation to do though. Unless they came up with something new.

I'd love to see it adapted though regardless.
Colton - 6/14/2024, 10:07 AM
YouFlopped - 6/14/2024, 10:13 AM
ZS influence>>>> the only man who made DC relevant
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