WATCHMEN: Upcoming Animated Adaptation Will Be Rated R...For "Graphic Nudity"!

WATCHMEN: Upcoming Animated Adaptation Will Be Rated R...For "Graphic Nudity"!

It's been confirmed today that, like Zack Snyder's big screen adaptation, the upcoming Watchmen animated movie will be Rated R for a variety of reasons, including "graphic nudity." Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Jun 20, 2024 07:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Watchmen

We first learned of plans for a two-part animated adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen during last year's San Diego Comic-Con.

As of now, Warner Bros. Animation hasn't announced a cast or release date. However, a teaser trailer was recently released which suggests the CG-animated project will stick closely to the critically acclaimed graphic novel it's based on. 

Zack Snyder did that with his live-action version of Watchmen in 2008, though he controversially changed the story's ending to replace the squid with a bomb. This version looks like it will adhere even closer to the source material. 

Today, an MPAA Film Ratings listing has confirmed that Watchmen: Chapter I will be "Rated R for violent content and some graphic nudity."

The fact this adaptation isn't shying away from depicting Watchmen's violent moments is good news as it would be a terrible shame for Moore and Gibbons' work to be watered down in any way. As for that mention of "graphic nudity," we'd imagine it refers to Dr. Manhattan's habit of walking around naked. 

In a rare interview back in 2008, Moore explained why he wouldn't be sitting down to watch Zack Snyder's Watchmen

"He may very well be [a very nice guy], but the thing is that he's also the person who made 300. I’ve not seen any recent comic book films, but I didn't particularly like the book 300. I had a lot of problems with it, and everything I heard or saw about the film tended to increase [those problems] rather than reduce them: [that] it was racist, it was homophobic, and above all it was sublimely stupid."

"I know that that's not what people going in to see a film like 300 are thinking about but…I wasn’t impressed with that…. I talked to [director] Terry Gilliam in the '80s, and he asked me how I would make Watchmen into a film. I said, 'Well actually, Terry, if anybody asked me, I would have said, 'I wouldn't.'' And I think that Terry [who aborted his attempted adaptation of the book] eventually came to agree with me."

"There are things that we did with Watchmen that could only work in a comic, and were indeed designed to show off things that other media can't."

Something tells us he won't be sitting down to watch this version either...

In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes--Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias--have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.

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harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 6/20/2024, 7:17 AM
blue penis?
Origame
Origame - 6/20/2024, 7:20 AM
@harryba11zack - they say graphic nudity because looking at it will melt your face like the ark of the covenant
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 6/20/2024, 7:23 AM
@harryba11zack -

Also tits, but to each their own.
Skestra
Skestra - 6/20/2024, 7:30 AM
@harryba11zack - That would also give him blue balls.
IAmAHoot
IAmAHoot - 6/20/2024, 7:30 AM
You can't keep a good penis down!

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ItsNotForMeWahh
ItsNotForMeWahh - 6/20/2024, 7:35 AM
Rated R for hanging dong
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 6/20/2024, 7:36 AM
The HBO show tho 🤌🏽
TheFinestSmack
TheFinestSmack - 6/20/2024, 7:49 AM
"Rated R for violent content and some graphic nudity."

But ONLY "graphic nudity" made the headline...
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BruceWayng
BruceWayng - 6/20/2024, 7:49 AM
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TheLight
TheLight - 6/20/2024, 7:53 AM
People that watch this without reading the comic or watching the 2009 film will be like,


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WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/20/2024, 8:00 AM
one of my fav CBMs of all time
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/20/2024, 8:02 AM
At least we got to female nudity in the 2009 film before the world changed
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 6/20/2024, 8:04 AM
@WhateverItTakes - . . . there's still female nudity in movies. Don't give up hope.
RegularPoochie
RegularPoochie - 6/20/2024, 9:45 AM
@clintthahamster - User Comment Image
Beer85
Beer85 - 6/20/2024, 8:05 AM
You really have to be the type of guy who drinks minearal water in long flights to be excited about this s*it. Well at least this will probably renew some sort of rights for WB /DC for making another Watchmen project. Maybe they can do something more with The Dark Knight Returns and The Death and Return of Superman since we haven't seen much of those projects in the past.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 8:21 AM
@Beer85 - ???????

Watchmen, if source accurate, is the kind of thing if anything would be the exact opposite of everything you just said I would have thought but not American, lean conservative, don't drink mineral water or take long flights so wadda I know :D
Beer85
Beer85 - 6/20/2024, 9:41 AM
@Apophis71 - My point is that who can be hyped about sh*t like this that has been redone so many times that somebody wants a fast food cartoon of it? if sober, read the book/comics, if hungover, watch the motion comic, if drunk, watch one of the multiple versions of the live action film. And leaning conservative is not a problem in my book, rather opposite. And in general, the mineral-water drinkers were meant more like the people who glue themselves on the road but still fly long distance flights.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 9:50 AM
@Beer85 - Once, not so many times, been done once in live action (plus an original sequel live action TV series to the source) and never a full animated one, and missed out a LOT with significant changes...

...the point more is who you think this would appeal to most, which I question, that it would renew some of the rights in order to make more Watchmen stuff that WB/DC never lost so always could make more, and adding the bit about more Batman/Superman that has been done more than any other comic IP's and already know we are getting more of...

....ie almost everything you said feels like the opposite of reality.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/20/2024, 8:25 AM
Hopefully it follows the book better than the Snyder film did.
dragon316
dragon316 - 6/20/2024, 8:39 AM
What is dc doing we have watchmen movie live action it was well received it was movie made me want buy book
RegularPoochie
RegularPoochie - 6/20/2024, 9:03 AM
No sh!t?
EgoEgor
EgoEgor - 6/20/2024, 9:40 AM
Why does this look so much like What If?
RegularPoochie
RegularPoochie - 6/20/2024, 9:46 AM
@EgoEgor - it's the art, it looks like from the comics.
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 6/20/2024, 10:28 AM
@RegularPoochie - So weird to me that so many people are missing that. It seems like there's a non-zero sub-section of Watchmen fandom that know the movie better than the book.
EgoEgor
EgoEgor - 6/20/2024, 2:39 PM
@RegularPoochie - no, I mean its the same 3d and 2d modeling from what if.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/20/2024, 10:05 AM
No surprise that Moore hates 300 for all of the wrong reasons
L0RDbuckethead
L0RDbuckethead - 6/20/2024, 2:34 PM
BIG. BLUE. DONG.

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