If you’ve been anywhere near a comics geek in the past year or so, I’m sure you’ve heard about the upcoming Watchmen movie, followed by the sound of pants being wet. This is the long-awaited film version of the groundbreaking comic book, necessary because otherwise the story would simply languish as a comic and never find life in a visual medium.
In its new form as a big-budget movie, Watchmen will enjoy a level of success that was unavailable to it before: namely, a bunch of unnecessary and stupid tie-in crap. No doubt McDonalds will be serving Happy Meals in “Gunga Diner” boxes and Domino’s Pizza will have the Comedian Special, a pizza in which the distribution of pepperoni suggests…well, you know.
And of course, a videogame! Now, for those of you who have read the comic, think of what you might expect to see in such a game. Would it be one of those action games that takes you through the story scene by scene? An immersive mystery such as Bioshock? Or would it be something like this:
Well, you’re wrong, because it’s a fighting game!
Watchmen fans will of course be the first to tell you that the most important part of the story — in fact, the essential element that captures it best — is the punching and scissors-kicking of various nameless criminals. After all, Alan Moore’s dense plot concerns a group of heroes fighting their way through wave after wave of thugs, ninjas, and robots to get to Moloch before he launches his Crime Missile. Small wonder it totally changed the landscape on superhero comics!
So even though Alan Moore may be spinning in his beard
you can relax. Because it’s not as bad as it could have been.