This is TV spot #2, which is slightly classier than the first commercial. But the real news is that it confirms that the superhero group will indeed call itself the Watchmen, as you can hear when Nite Owl tells Rorschach “the Watchmen are over.” Irritating, especially since the “Watchmen” basically had one meeting and that was it, but not the end of the world. I’m guessing that the powers that be thought mass audiences would be confused by the title unless the “team” actually called itself the Watchmen, as opposed to coasting on the fame of the original “Who watches the watchmen?” saying.
Although this brings up an interesting point, which is in 2009, movie studios trust mass audiences less than Alan Moore trusted trusted comic book readers in 1985. Huh.
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