Tales of the Black Freighter Trailer

Watchmen affectionados will be familiar with the novel's 'story within a story' featuring an unfortunate sailor, a ghost pirate ship, and a whole lot of gore. As has been revealed by Warner Bros, the Watchmen movie will run at the guts of three hours without Tales of the Black Freighter, which will instead be released in its own right as an animated feature.

And here's the trailer...

Much as I love the sentiment behind this addition to the film experience, I can't help but think that this looks a bit dodge. To be honest there's nothing wrong with the animation, and I'm sure it will be made well, it's simply the one spoken line in the trailer that makes me worry. Gerard Butler's acting ability has got to be questioned. Fanboys will no doubt worship him from his leading role in 300, but the crappy drawl in the above clip reeks of his (numerous) lessor achievements (Tomb Raider 2, Dracula 2000, and that utter affront to all that is Irish- PS. I Love You).

Butler got lucky with 300, lets hope the presence of Zack Snyder recalls some of that luck.

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February 26, 2009 at 1:50 AM cletus_buckley said...

When I heard that we were doing the film of watchmen, of all the little sub plots I thought this was one of the first to be cut out in the adapting stage, quite surpriced they even bothered with doin an animation thingy.
Oh what you thing of alan moore and his cermudgeon ways with having his name taken off yet another film adaptation of one of his g. novels?
In Hell was so bad, but i really enjoyed V.

February 26, 2009 at 2:01 AM Clockwork Rob said...

Yeh, Moore has washed his hands of Hollywood completely. Can't say I blame him- V was pretty good alright, but From Hell was crap... and the worst of all of em was League of Extraordinary Gentleman. I loved those comics, and that's gotta be one of the worst movies ever.

Damn you, Mr Connery!

I can't see Moore ever changing his mind, though I'm sure he'd like the Watchmen Motion Comics thing- it's like an animated version of Watchmen, using the original art.

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February 28, 2009 at 4:12 AM Gardenhead said...

The Quietus clinically and quite savagely ripped watchmen to pieces.
http://tinyurl.com/buslbn can it really be that bad?

February 28, 2009 at 12:57 PM Clockwork Rob said...

Wow... that's damning, to say the least!

It's getting tough to remain optimistic about this movie.

'Hallelujah'- for fuck's sake!