Who Watches the Watchmen?

Best description/review of the Watch­men film I’ve read yet that sums up my exact feelings:

Ful­ly deserv­ing of its R rat­ing, this is a sad, vio­lent film about sad, vio­lent peo­ple where the only one actu­al­ly sav­ing the world is the vil­lain. While most super­hero movies are about action and dra­ma, this one’s a straight-up tragedy and def­i­nite­ly not for kids. And yet it works very well, both as a movie and as an adap­ta­tion of the com­ic book.

Sny­der is also putting out a cou­ple of sup­port­ing films: an ani­mat­ed ver­sion of the sea-pirate/hor­ror sto­ry and a live-action ver­sion of the Night Owl’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy. Though some would argue a film must be judged only on what hap­pens with­in the lim­its of it’s time-frame, I think this is more like mixed-media art or even a film trip­tych. Why should film be lim­it­ed to its for­mat when for­mats change? Hold­ing onto lim­i­ta­tions of a for­mat can be worth­while when it serves a pur­pose (like album art for an .mp3 file) but should­n’t be dogma.