Watchmen: Black Freighter – Trailer
In conjunction with the theatrical release of the Watchmen film there will also be a DVD release of the animated film “Tales of the Black Freighter.” In the original comic book of Watchmen, The Black Freighter was a comic within a comic that was being read by a street urchin at a news-stand. It’s dark story of a man cast adrift by a band of marauding pirates paralleled and mirrored aspects of the main plot of the comic story.
Unable to maintain the story-within-a-story aspect in the theatrical release of Watchmen, Zack Snyder has decided to release the Black Freighter at first as a stand alone animated story, and then it will be cut back into a much longer “Directors Cut” of the feature only available on DVD. Interestingly the Black Freighter is being developed by an animation house here in Australia.
Gerard Butler (who last worked with Zack Snyder on 300) voices the hapless castaway whose journey on a raft made from the dead bodies of his shipmates, causes his descent into terror and eventually madness.
Also on the DVD is a second feature called “Under the Hood” a Documentary that takes its cues from another piece of story-within-a-story, the fictional tell-all Novel “Under the Hood” written by the original “Night Owl” Hollis Mason. It details the older generation of superheroes, such as Hooded justice and the first Silk Specter, as seen briefly in the Watchmen film.
I personally love this kind of tie-in material, much like the Animatrix and even Batman: Gotham Knight they serve to further the depth of the main story. In recent times we’ve seen tie-in’s like Get Smart‘s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control, a direct to DVD film which tried to tie iteself into a theatrical feature with limited success. I enjoy supplementary content so long as it serves to enhance the experience of the main feature, and not undermine it. What do you think? Should a film stand alone or can it be improved by additional story elements?
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