Davidson, Rjurik: "Fighting the Good Fight? Watching Watchmen." In: Screen Education 54 (2009), S. 18–23.
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Keywords: "Watchmen", Adaptation, Film adaptation, Gibbons. Dave, Moore. Alan, Postmodernism, Superhero, United Kingdom
Collection: Screen Education
The article discusses the film Watchmen, the 2009 film directed by Zack Snyder. In the 1980s, comic books underwent a revolution, dragging themselves – in the hands of a number of key writers including Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller – into the adult realm. This was the birth of the ‘graphic novel’. At the forefront of this revolution was Alan Moore, a kind of Shakespeare of the form, whose oeuvre stands as the example for those who lay claim to graphic novels as ‘art’. Moore is the single most influential writer in the field, and his early work – his runs on comics Miracleman and Swamp Thing, his superlative graphic novels V for Vendetta and Watchmen – shows a sophistication in storytelling and technique that had been lacking in comic books. Key to V for Vendetta and Watchmen is the ‘postmodern’ (for want of a better word) challenging of the assumptions of the superhero. It is no surprise that Time magazine named Watchmen as one of the hundred best novels since 1923.
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