Watchmen's Minutemen Revealed Plus Running Time Talk

May 27, 2008
Source: AICN, NY Times

Watchmen's Minutemen Revealed

Although we've still got around 10 months to go until Zack Snyder's Watchmen hits the big screen, the hype continues to build. The guys over at AICN have revealed the first photo from 1940 of the Minutemen from the Watchmen universe. The Minutemen were a group of costumed avengers that was formed before the events of Watchmen, between 1939 and disbanded ten years later in 1949. Any fans of the comic will definitely appreciate the attention to detail in this photo. In addition to this new photo, Zack Snyder talks in a separate interview about how the film itself is nearing three hours in length. Much of the scope of the graphic novel is finally starting to come together with this adaptation.

From left to right in the photo below: Silhouette, Mothman, Dollar Bill, Nite Owl, Captain Metropolis, The Comedian (kneeling), Silk Spectre, and Hooded Justice.

Watchmen's Minutemen

Seeing this photo gives fans a chance to finally realize that Zack Snyder is keeping the real depth and complexity of the entire story and universe contained within Watchmen. Instead of opting for a simpler story focusing on just what's mainly presented in the comic, Zack's implementing every last detail, including going as far as actually creating an entire Tales of the Black Freighter animated film based on the graphic novel within the graphic novel.

If you're curious to learn more about the significance of all of these old characters in relation to the current Watchmen story, you can read up on all of them over at Wikipedia. Zack has mentioned that a few of them will appear in the film over various time periods, including Carla Gugino as Silk Spectre, Niall Matter as Mothman, Dan Payne as Dollar Bill, and so on.

As for talk of the running time, Zack Snyder mentioned to the NY Times while discussing Tales of the Black Freighter that "the main picture is nearing three hours long and I know I have a fight on my hands just with that." While normally three hours might troublesome, I actually don't think it's a problem with Watchmen. I think I actually recall people saying that if the film isn't three hours, it wouldn't be good anyway. However, it's unlikely Warner Brothers will let Zack keep it that long, simply for the fact that this still needs to sell and long running times are proven box office poison. However, this all ties back in with the fact that he has consistently paid close attention to detail and it's likely that he's probably not leaving out anything - which is all for the better.

Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder (of Dawn of the Dead and 300) and written by David Hayter (The Scorpion King, X-Men, X-Men 2) and Alex Tse. The movie arrives in theaters everywhere on March 6th, 2009. Stay tuned for even more Watchmen coverage, photos, and more exclusives right here at!

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  • Chris
    If LotR has taught us anything, it's that fans go cuckoo over extended edition DVDs. Three hours? Bring it.
  • m4st4
    Christ...This movie goes just after The Dark Knight on my anticipation list...Can't wait... Watchmen teaser in front of TDK? ; ))
  • Actually, yes, that's been 100% confirmed - the teaser will show in front of TDK. :)
  • Not "Superheroes", "Costumed Avengers" - None of this lot have any powers.
  • m4st4
    ' that's been 100% confirmed ' Thnx mate! ; )))
  • Djo.
    So I'm assuming he has a plan for screening it that will cut its run-time down, leaving the 3 hr. cut for the DvD & special showings. Watchmen confirmed in front of TDK. Holy living Sh!t. I think the Hood looks pretty fat, but guess that's what a wrestler then would look like. I do like that it seems they used period materials to make the costumes. Funny how happy go lucky everyone looks, when we all know how dark the rest of the novel's going to be... I almost feel sorry for them, that they don't see what's coming. 😉
  • jono
    just let zack do want he wants warners member 2300 dickheads
  • jono
    that was meant 2 say 300 typo
  • Curtis
    great picture of them half of them look really goofy.. but i like it. Cant wait to see a teaser in front of TDK should be intense.
  • Mike
    As for long running times being box office poison... Titanic?!?!?
  • CSpuppydog
    Oh my God. I am so excited right now. I would love a 3 hr. Watchmen movie but I am not sure the mainstream movie goer will go for it tho... and a teaser in front of TDK? Sweet Jesus Im not sure my nerdy littel heart can take it.
  • Joker
    David Hayter wrote this??? The voice of Snake?!?!?!
  • CSpuppydog
    At #12 yeah... I just realized this too.. man that is awesome.
  • So psyched and would LOVE for this thing to have a 3hour running time but I dont see it happening for some reason.
  • harrison
    i wouldnt say 3+ hours is box office poison: lotr, king kong, titanic, braveheart, jfk, schindlers list, the deer hunter, das boot? they damn well have a great trailer to sell it, hope the costumes dont look as ridiculous as the picture above
  • Andee23
    This photo speaks volumes of the attention to detail that Snyder is trying to bring to this film. It feels very much in keeping with the tone of the GN. This looks very promising and gives me more confidence in the project though I am not completely won over yet. Though I will be looking forward to seeing the Watchmen teaser in front of TDK. Watchmen and TDK Oh, be still my geek heart!
  • jman571
    Seriously, +3 hour films box-office poster harrison pointed out some of the greatest movies of all time have been really damn long, just to add to the list: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhaviago (sp.?), there's more, I hope Warner is not too stupid to realize the potential of a long movie, albeit a long and very well-made movie. Unfortunately I don't want to trust the movie execs. to take care of this...
  • Ajax
    Hahahahahahahahah... the costumes look real dorky, but I think that was exactly what Zack wanted to do. Anyway, 3hrs. does NOT scare me one bit. It will only heighten the fact that this film will be an epic superhero flic. Besides, in my mind, it would have to be 3 hrs. if they wanted to keep all of the intricate details that made the book so great. Can't wait for the film, and I can't wait to see the trailer before DK.
  • Lauren
    Watchmen trailer before TDK? Man! As if I wasn't already planning on drooling over TDK...




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