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Tired of the previous blogposts with clever words on Watchmen analysis? Well, in today’s apocalypchicas watch, we try to give you an overview of some of the related Watchmen tie-ins. Take a look at these remarkable expansions of the universe. Some expansions keeps on unfolding the storyline while others just seem ridiculous. You might wonder what one does to make money. Here are some examples:
The Black Freighter
Tales of the Black Freighter is a comic-within-comic film that Zack Snyder wrote after instructing Watchmen. It was originally intended to be featured within the Watchmen film, but was removed once the time span of the film began pushing 3 hours. So if you wondered from the comic books what the Black Freighter was, Snyder gives you the story in the film that was released only 20 days after the Watchmen film. A clever action to please the fans of the comic books.
Under The Hood
A second Watchmen tie-in is another story from the comic book that has been made into a film. Under the Hood explores Hollis Mason who was the first Nite Owl. It came out in the same DVD as Tales of the Black Freighter. This shows an effort into getting all the loose threads of Watchmen to weave seamlessly into the release of the film. What a nice way to connect the different stories and keeping the fans engaged and interested!
Watchmen Motion Comic
With Watchmen Motion Comic the comic books came alive. It was released between July 2008 and February 2009, ending just before the release of Zack Snyder’s film version in March 2009. In that way, the audience and the fans could get a small picture of what the film could look like. These motion comic chapters were able to download from iTunes and Amazon.
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Another platform that Watchmen steps onto is the video game tie-in. The first part of the video game expansion was also released on March 4, 2009 to coincide with the film’s release. The second episode was released on July 30, 2009. In this video game the players can play either as Nite Owl or Rorschach. The video game focuses on the events beforehand, namely the time when Nite Owl and Rorschach were crime fighting partners.
These tie-ins do in many ways seem to respect the source material, also called the ‘mothership’ of the franchise, which must be the comic books. On the merchandise side of Watchmen, they saw unlimited potential in the franchise. They made licensed costumes, toys and numerous accessories such as…
… but then, they took film merchandising one step too far…
The condoms come in a package that resembles a matchbook with the Comedian’s iconic bloodstained smiley badge on the front, and the film’s name and release date on the back. When opened, the neon blue coloured condom is presented in a clear plastic wrapper with the tagline, “We’re society’s only protection.” You may wonder if they glow in the dark?
If you’re interested in how creator Alan Moore reacted on Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen and everything that follows, we suggest you read our blogpost about the conflicted relationship between the graphic novel and the movie adaptation.
This was some of the Watchmen tie-ins and merchandise, some more serious than others 🙂 Stay tuned for more Watchmen-fun when apocalypchicas watch broadens out the universe of the franchise!