Many of you have probably seen the thread I started about the figures based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' incredible 80's comic series "Watchmen". Sith Worm himself was just recently blessed with the loan of one of my copies of the trade paperback.
If you are unfamiliar with Watchmen, it is simply put, the single best work of "super hero" fiction EVER! Nothing yet has done more to elevate the genre or to lend a logical, human air to the whole concept of costumed crime fighters.
Now David Hayter, the man who sucessfully proved that a super-hero group movie can be done well, is poised to ruin Watchmen. Universal Pictures is the current license holder and has tapped Hayter to pen the script and may even let him direct. Despite his success on X-Men, I fear that he simply does not understand Watchmen or what it tried to do. He is going to yank it down from the lofty heights of literature to the abyssal depths of cheap pulp fantasy. The single greatest indicator is that Hayter himself appears to be refering to the project as "The Watchmen". A common misconception is that "Watchmen", the title of the comic series, is the name of the super hero group chronicled within. Unique to comics, Watchmen was a title for the full story, nothing more. There NEVER was a group called "The Watchmen" at any point in the story. Sam Hamm, co-writer of the first Batman film was said to have penned a script back in the 90s for Watchmen when 20th Century Fox owned the option. I read one portion of that script and the heroes there were unceremoniously referred to as "The Watchmen". History repeats itself.
It may be too early to tell, but judging from the Yahoo News story I just read, my fears are rather founded. That and a two hour film could never come close to doing justice to the twelve intense issues that made up the comic series. Thoughts from fans of the series?