WATCHMEN TIE-INS AND MERCHANDISE

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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 Freightertales_of_the_black_freighter_dvd

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 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

WatchmenThe_End_is_Nigh_game_coverAnother 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

watchmen-condom

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!

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! APOCALYPSE IN WATCHMEN

Doomsday-clock

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The theme of the apocalypse is extremely popular in various contemporary superhero movies. In the story of Watchmen, the enemy is the historical situation of the Cold War and the nuclear bombs. Watchmen tells an alternate postwar American doomsday story combined with a search for the murder of The Comedian that makes the retired superheroes re-emerge. It tells the story of a fight against time – will they be killed before they find the one behind the attempted murders on the superheroes? Or will they make it in time before the nuclear apocalypse? “The end is nigh” as it says on Rorschach’s sign in the 3rd chapter of the graphic novel.

the end is nigh

Why is Watchmen apocalyptic?
In Watchmen we experience two narratives: the background historical situation and context with the Cold War and the plot with The Comedian’s death that start the re-emerge of the Watchmen. The two narratives become connected because of the Watchmen’s possibility of chThe Doomsday Clock, evident in each chapter of the graphic novel, is first set at 11:50, ten minutes to twelve which represents the countdown to the apocalypse. In the end of the narrative of the film (SPOILER ALERT!) Adrian Veidt places a “fake” nuclear bomb by saying that “millions of people must die, before billions can be saved”. Therefore, one might say that the bomb does not have the same effect as what we understand by the term of apocalypse, but nevertheless, it is enough to prevent a real nuclear bomb from The Soviet Union and an actual apocalypse. A typical characteristic of the apocalyptic genre is an ending where everything have to become bad before it gets better. Veidt is aware of this, and uses Dr. Manhattan as a scapegoat and bombs NYC with his divine powers. He knows that the only  way to stop a nuclear war is to release a bomb. Furthermore this bomb must be kept as a secret to the rest of humanity. This to prevent attacks from the The Soviet Union, who retreated after the  bomb attack, developed from the powers of  Dr. Manhattan himself. Another apocalyptic element in Watchmen is the role of Dr. Manhattan. Apocalyptic films have frequently turned to religious symbolism and characterizations in order to provide a sense of hope. Dr. Manhattan is the only character in Watchmen who has supernatural powers which makes him a hope for mankind. He is a godlike figure and could be the saviour of the world.

The apocalypse genre can be divided into two categories: the apocalyptic and the post-apocalyptic. The difference between these two is, of course, the time of the apocalypse. In typical apocalyptic narratives the apocalypse is about to happen and the post-apocalyptic genre is obviously situated after the apocalypse. This makes Watchmen fit into the apocalyptic category.The post-apocalyptic genre is based on the survival of men after the destruction of mankind, which is definitely not the case in Watchmen. The ending in Watchmen doesn’t exactly provide any hope for the future, but the fear of a nuclear war is nevertheless gone. The tragic apocalyptic genre is normally known for the belief in a divine and God-like power that is able to save the world from the apocalypse. In the post-apocalypse there is no belief in a mightier God because the world already has been ‘destroyed’. As mentioned earlier, Dr. Manhattan is depicted as their big hope, but later in the film he actually gets more inhuman, which creates a fear of him among both the citizens and his vigilant ‘friends’.        Læs resten