The 18 minutes of "Watchmen" footage reaffirmed what I already anticipated - "Watchmen" is brilliant. Dave Gibbons, co-creator and illustrator of the "Watchmen" graphic novel, discussed with the audience how director Zack Snyder incorporated a combination of scenes both in and outside of the comic book to create a better visual picture for all audiences to appreciate. I was awed how, within the first 10 minutes of footage, "Watchmen" had managed to establish the idea of "the Doomsday clock is always five minutes to midnight" and the fact the film takes place in an alternate time where Nixon is still president.
Director Zack Snyder tried to stay as true to the original story as a two-and-a-half-hour movie can to a 416 page novel. "Making a movie about the war on terror and [modern politics] seemed really wrong in a lot of ways to me," said Snyder. "It's cooler if people go, 'Oh hey, this makes me think,' instead of me telling people what to think."