Watching the Latest Watchmen Trailer: A Detailed Analysis

Weekly Ketchup's (and Watchmen expert) Greg Dean Schmitz walks us through the new trailer.

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This is a nice close up of Dr. Manhattan's face, so we can see how CGI and makeup combine with Billy Crudup's performance to give us a living, realistic Dr. Manhattan. Manhattan asks, "Why would I save a world I no longer have any stake in?" What Dr. Manhattan means by that question is definitely a spoiler.





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Dr. Manhattan's glass clockwork palace rises from the face of Mars. The Muse lyrics continue over this and the next few shots, "Cast a spell. Cast a spell on the country you run."





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Laurie replies to Jon's question, "Do it for me." That seems like a very romantic answer, but she sort of doesn't get what Dr. Manhattan is talking about, I don't think.





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The Comedian jumps down from Nite Owl's Owlship, down to the crowd of protesters below.





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The Comedian continues his slo-mo jump down, and we get a wide shot with a lot of nice detail. Two of the signs say "Bring back our police" and "Clean up our streets." The reason for the protesters rioting is a police strike, and our heroes are trying to control the riots, but they themselves are not particularly loved by a population who sees them as controlling the world. There's also a large American flag hanging on a building in front of a basketball court.





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The Comedian lands in front of the rioting crowd, as we see a sign on the right that says "Police Not Masked..." (probably "Men" or "Vigilantes"). We can also see the nice 1970s period work that the costume department did. I can't help but be reminded of the current hit TV show, Life on Mars, which is also thick with 1970s nostalgia.





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The flying interstitial continues with "FROM THE VISIONARY DIRECTOR OF 300." The Muse lyrics that play over the next couple of shots are "You will burn in Hell, yeah, you'll burn in Hell for sins."



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