Empire Movies has compiled a great Watchmen 101 for anyone needing a quick idea of the who and what of the Alan Moore graphic novel.
Watchmen is regarded by those in the know as the greatest comic book movie ever written. Yes, even better than The Bash Street Kids. After years of trying, the movie version is now well under way. But, if you've never read the book, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about and what the hell's going on. But calm yourself, get a nice hot drink and absorb our guide to all things Watchmen.
It's 1985 and, while fluoro-socks and Steve Guttenberg have been deemed perfectly acceptable, 'superheroes' (only one character in Watchmen actually possesses any superhuman powers) have been outlawed for undermining the police force and occasionally attacking the public. But a murderer is offing the retired crime fighters and our story begins with the killing of The Comedian, a man who dances the line between hero and villain. His death kicks off a series of events that brings New York's heroes out of retirement and uncovers a plot that could put the entire world in peril. Dun-dun-DAAAAH!