Check out the story hints hidden within the first teasers from the big-screen adaptation
By Rickey Purdin
Posted December 19, 2007 9:20 AM1.The newsstand (complete with a green-shirted manager and a young man) can be seen heavily throughout Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. Within the 12-issue series, the youngster reads a pirate comic, The Black Freighter. Over the young reader’s left shoulder in the photo from director Zack Snyder’s adaptation is a Black Freighter poster complete with a tiny, retro DC Comics bullet!
2. The bottom of the “Rumrunner” neon sign can be partially seen here. In Watchmen, one of Rorschach’s old enemies, Moloch the Mystic, lives a retired, quiet life in an apartment to the left of the red and yellow relic. In issue #5, Rorschach— framed for the murder of Moloch—is apprehended on the street directly below that sign.
3. Burlesk, one of the seedy adult cinemas in “Watchmen,” hides in the background here flashing a marquee advertising “Enola Gay and the Boys.” The same stag film and theater appear on page 25 of Watchmen issue #2. 42nd Street in Manhattan acts as the hub for the comic series’ action and, if the film stays true to the source material, should see a lot of screen time in the film.
4. In the comic, a concert for a band calling itself Pale Horse (as in Death’s pony) takes place on the same night as the shocking and dramatic events of Watchmen #11-#12. Fliers and posters can be seen for the concert throughout the miniseries, and here, one can be viewed clearly above the subway entrance close to the newsstand.
5. Layout was integral when Moore and Gibbons created Watchmen. If the film follows their original design, the white building the Pale Horse poster hangs on should be the Institute for Extraspatial Studies. It’s that building, in issue #12, where a cataclysmic event changes the world and characters forever.
In the other photos, fans can spy Rorschach walking past a poster of President Richard Nixon, running for a fifth term in the film; the Gunga Diner, where Nite Owl and Silk Spectre begin their affair; and a bus stop around the corner from the newsstand.