Watchmen Film: Character Designs released

The official blog for the Watchmen film, due for release in the US 6 March 2009, has just published several character sketches from the new movie based on the designs created by British artist Dave Gibbons for Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel.

Featured are The Comedian (left, played on screen by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) the character whose death starts events in both book and film); Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson); billionaire superhero Ozymandias (Matthew Goode); Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley); and Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman).

Filming is now complete and director Zack Snyder says he is delighted with what’s in the can now production has wrapped.

“A film adaptation of Watchmen has been in the works for almost 20 years,” he says on his blog, thanking the cast and crew on the project, “and thanks to you, it is finally in the can. It has been such a pleasure to be surrounded by a team that is so dedicated and that has given 110% each and every day. I am extremely grateful for the level of attention to detail put forth by each department to capture all of the texture that makes Watchmen the incredibly unique property that it is.

“Although we still have a lot of work to do in post, the shoot has been an experience I will not soon forget!”

Official Watchmen Film Blog
Official Watchmen Film web site (US)

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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