Watchmen Video Journal: Sets and Sensibility

April 6, 2008
Source: ComingSoon

Watchmen Video Journal: Sets and Sensibility

Over the next 12 months we're going to see an ever-increasing amount of media related to Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen - primarily because this is the epic adaptation of one of the comic book world's greatest assets and Warner Bros wants you to know that. In addition to all of the plentiful coverage we've already shared, including the first look at the costumes, today ComingSoon presents the first of 12 behind-the-scenes video journals chronicling the development of the film. Today's video journal focuses on the set design, as spearheaded by production designer Alex McDowell. In addition to the video, we've included some screenshots of some of the sets shown: Dr. Manhattan's lab, Rorschach's jail, The Comedian's apartment, and more.

I feel a bit more attached to this production more than anything else because last November I was up in Vancouver on the set - but that as much as I can say lest Warner Bros hunts me down and I suddenly disappear. With that, I definitely suggest you watch this video (and the remaining 11 to come), as this will definitely show you the amount of passion they're putting in to this to make sure everything is perfect.

Watch the first Watchmen Video Journal - Sets and Sensibility:

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You can also watch this video journal in High Definition at ComingSoon

Each new video is release on the 6th of every month, so check back again on May 6th for the next Watchmen video journal in the series.

Included below are a few screencaptures from the video of a number of sets that they shot on. These are our first official look at Dr. Manhattan's lab, Rorschach's jail (his actual cell is not shown), Edward Blake aka The Comedian's apartment, Mason's Auto Repair Shop where the original Nite Owl hung out, and more shots of the New York City backlot (as originally shown here). This movie looks better and better every month - and they're already done shooting on all of these sets!

Dr. Manhattan's Lab:

Rorschach's Jail:

Edward Blake's Apartment:

Mason's Auto Repair Shop:

Mason's Auto Repair Shop - Interior:

New York City Streets:

New York City Streets - Gunga Diner:

New York City Streets - Treasure Island Comic Shop:

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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OMG! I am speechless. Dragonball Z pics.-Horrible These-AMAZING BEYOND WORDS

Ryan on Apr 6, 2008


^ I disagree.

Jojo on Apr 6, 2008


This movie is going to surprise a lot of people. Going to be amazing! Just like 300 before it, Zach and company will bring a graphic novel to life on the big screen. Can't wait, looks incredible! I don't think I've been this excited for any movie.

K on Apr 7, 2008


They're definetely going to get the movie's look right, which is important, and I'm sure Zack Snyder wouldn't screw up the story. I LOVE the graphic novel, and I'm seeing this regardless of what anyone says!

Andrew on Apr 7, 2008


This is encouraging. Half of the mood of the novel is set by the various environments each character comes from & chooses to inhabit. Lighting is important, and texture- I think they've got some of this down here. Cannot wait to see the 6 story-tall Dr. Manhattan, working on particle physics experiments in his lab, while his girlfriend pines for something a little more ordinary. I can't believe they've cut the 'vagina dentata' monster out, though. There is nothing more visceral and scary, than a suggestive looking monster, complete w/ a beak and a centrally placed 'Eye'. (gives me shivers just thinkin' about it)

Smedley on Apr 8, 2008


Ozymandias's bachelor pad ain't lookin' half bad, neither.

DJO on Apr 8, 2008


You know what I didn't notice... The guy who did these sets also did the production design for Fight Club, The Crow, and Minority Report. Damn, that's even MORE encouraging!

Alex Billington on Apr 9, 2008


Anyone notice the huge penis next to the tv in Blake's appartment?

David on Jun 7, 2008

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