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  • Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring an ensemble cast of Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. It is an adaptation of the 1987 Vertigo noir graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. This film is set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, as a group of mostly retired vigilantes investigates an apparent conspiracy against them and uncovers something even more grandiose and sinister. When the novel's final issue was released around October 1987, a live-action film adaptation became stranded in development hell. Producer Lawrence Gordon began developing the project at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. with producer Joel Silver and director Terry Gilliam, the latter eventually deeming the complex novel "un-filmable." During the 2000s, Gordon and Lloyd Levin collaborated with Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures to produce a script by David Hayter; Darren Aronofsky and Paul Greengrass were also attached to the project before it was canceled over budget disputes.

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  • Who's Watching the Watchmen?
  • Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what we do.
  • We were supposed to make the world a better place.
  • The existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon.
  • They watch over us...but who watches them?
  • We're society's only protection.
  • This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face.
  • I am used to going out at 3am and doing something stupid.
  • A world at peace. There had to be sacrifice.
  • It's the End of the Superhero As We Know It.
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  • 7/21/2009
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