March 03, 2009

Who shall watch "Watchmen"?

Well, someone had to say it.

Media executives are worried.

Rival distribution executives said the tracking surveys show that "Watchmen" holds remarkably strong appeal among older males but less interest among teenage boys and men in their 20s, and still less passion from women of any age.

So we are the target audience, eh? (I think most of my active readers are "older men", at least by their definition of "older".)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 01:18 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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You mean it doesn't appeal to the bubblegum crowd, metrosexuals, hippies, single femi-nazis (is that a redundancy?), conspiricy nuts, and/or eco-freaks? 

Watch it become a mega-hit.

Posted by: ubu at March 03, 2009 01:28 PM (i7ZAU)

2 You can add emigrant computer programmers in their 40s to the list.

Look, I've seen Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Isn't it enough already?

On second thought, maybe on DVD.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at March 03, 2009 02:19 PM (/ppBw)

3 "Rival distribution executives"....?
Doubtless a valuable and completely unbiased source of information.

Posted by: Toren at March 03, 2009 04:05 PM (RH0jB)

4 Well, speaking as a comic fan who likes most of the current wave of super hero movies. . .

I'm *not* looking forward to it, despite thinking the book was a masterpiece.  The way I see it, it'll either be:

1.  A disaster translating book to film

2.  A success. . . and result in the same grim-and-gritty fest that took over comics in the 90s all over again

Posted by: metaphysician at March 03, 2009 06:37 PM (h4nEy)

5 Well I remember buying and reading the book when it came out, I was impressed with it as an artistic project and character study. It was indeed a "graphic" novel. However

Posted by: toadold at March 03, 2009 06:58 PM (zcbXo)


I have to say that I doubt this movie will do really well at the box office.  Even if it's a masterpiece, I just can't see it really catching on... I'd be happy if it did, but the story is dark enough and weird enough that I can't  see it doing that well in theaters.  The hype and lack of competition will probably give it a great launch this weekend, but after that, I'd expect it to drop like a stone.  Perhaps not as precipitous as Friday the 13th (which had an 80% or so drop off in ticket sales in its second week), but bad enough.  It's a hard movie to predict.  I could be disasterously wrong.

Posted by: Mark at March 03, 2009 07:00 PM (2cMUJ)

7 Pixy, can we borrow the pixy-wand again?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2009 07:51 PM (+rSRq)

8 Bah, teens and twenty something males are also pretty interested in the movie.

Posted by: Oscredwin at March 04, 2009 11:13 AM (UHSh9)

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