The first trailer for The Watchmen is out. It looks excellent. Dr. Manhattan is stunning. Max and Leo have been cracking me up because, since they saw the trailer, they have been playing Watchmen.
"I'm Dr. Manhattan," Leo says.
"I'm Rorschach," Max replies.
Then they run around and battle and fight the bad guys. It makes me laugh because their perceptions of what Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach are like are, shall we say, a bit off. I just don't have the heart to tell Max that Rorschach is a mentally unstable far right conspiracy theorist and not a noble hero. I also don't want to tell Leo that if he wants to be Dr. Manhattan he needs to be naked. Because, y'know, he'd probably be fine with that. They'll find all this out anyway when I take them to see the movie next March.
Just kidding. If you've read Watchmen you'll probably remember that it's less than kid-friendly. I do plan on seeing myself, though. The trailer was one of the best parts about going to see PART of The Dark Knight this past weekend.
That's right. PART of The Dark Knight. The story goes like this: A few of us guys who live on campus here at the Seminary got together to go see The Dark Knight Sunday night. We all rode together and had a good time chatting. I was a little disappointed that only a couple of us were old comic book junkies so I couldn't talk comics with them, but we had a good time anyway.
We arrived at the theater later than we had wanted so we couldn't all sit together, but I sat with one of the guys and another found a seat directly behind us. We had been there for about an hour and a half, I think, when it happened. At one moment Harvey Dent's large, dimpled chin was occupying the screen, the next, darkness. The emergency lights came on, and a theater employee told us that the power went out and when it came back on the movie would pick up where it left off. Unfortunately, it was not to be. They never got the power back on. 10:30 rolled around and they bounced us from the theater. We got vouchers for a free movie, of course, but here it is Friday and I've still never seen the end of The Dark Knight. Hopefully I won't have to wait until it comes out on DVD.