Watchmen - newsreel

I've just stumbled across this viral video purporting to show a newsreel from 1970, giving a look back on the anniversary of Doctor Manhattan's 'birth'.

For those 'not in the know', Watchmen is a Graphic Novel by Alan Moore. It was voted one of Time Magazine's Top 100 novels.

The idea is that in the US, following a rising crime rate, citizens began to act to uphold the law and became 'costumed adventurers', fighting crime. Also, one true superhero was created by an accident - Doctor Manhattan. Toward the end of the 20th century the costumed adventurers were eventually outlawed... Doctor Manhattan becomes an employee of the government. And then one day someone starts to kill them off one by one...

Watchmen had been deemed as 'unfilmable' due to its complexities, and for a while it had been stuck in limbo as even though it had been filmed, the studio had not dotted the 'i's and crossed the 't's on the distribution rights (or something like that). Fortunately, that's been done, and the film will be out in a month or two.

Here's the Watchmen Movie website.