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Watchmen, Spirit Trailers Emerge

Comic book fans can now get their first look at the upcoming major motion picture based on the bestselling graphic novel Watchmen. A trailer has hit the web, offering a glimpse at what appears to be a fairly faithful adaptation by 300 director Zack Snyder. Frank Miller, who wrote the 300 graphic novel, directed a movie based on the classic Will Eisner comic book series The Spirit, which also has an extended trailer available for viewing on the Internet.

Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the Hugo Award-winning Watchmen was originally published by DC Comics in 1986. The story is set in a time when superheroes have been outlawed and revolves around a group of caped crusaders who struggle with their own personal demons while trying to avert a nuclear war between the United States and Russia.

The movie’s cast includes Patrick Wilson and Jackie Earle Haley, who appeared together in the film Little Children (Haley was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) as Nightowl and Rorschach, respectively. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Supernatural) plays The Comedian, and Malin Akerman (27 Dresses) slips into spandex as Silk Specter. Carla Gugino (Sin City) is Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Spectre, and Matthew Goode is billionaire retired superhero Ozymandias. Billy Crudup (The Good Shepherd) appears as John Osterman and provides the voice of the invincible Dr. Manhattan, a character created with CG animation.

The Warner Bros. pic is produced by Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder, with Jessica Goodman overseeing for co-financer Legendary Pictures. It is slated to arrive in theaters on March 6, 2009. The trailer can be accessed at the official website, www.watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com.

From the shadows of Central City, The Spirit (Gabriel Macht) tracks The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), a cold-blooded killer who murders anyone unfortunate enough to see his face. In addition to saving the city from grotesque villains, our hero must handle a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill him, as the trailer illustrates. The cast also includes Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Stana Katic, Dan Lauria, Jaime King, Paz Vega and Louis Lombardi.

Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete (The Wedding Planner, Suburban Girl) produced The Spirit for Odd Lot Ent., with Lionsgate’s president of film production Mike Paseornek producing for Lionsgate, and Michael Uslan (Batman Begins, Constantine) producing for Batfilm. Batfilm co-founder Benjamin Melniker and Steve Maier are exec producers on the project, and Odd Lot’s Linda McDonough and Batfilm’s F.J. DeSanto are co-producers. See the trailer at www.mycityscreams.com.

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