With the success of Frank Miller's 300, producer Zack Snyder is negotiating with Warner Bros to bring the Watchmen, an epic twelve-issue graphic novel, to the big screen. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, Watchmen was one of the first superhero graphic novels to be read as serious literature. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to win a Hugo Award and to appear on Time Magazine's list of "the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present."
Moore, who has become one of the most successful graphic novelists of the age (From Hell; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), first broke out with this, his deconstruction of the superhero. Working with U.K. compatriot Gibbons, Moore created a complex murder mystery with intense, unforgettable characters that explored the themes of absolute power and love set in 1985 -an alternative history of the United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. Posted by Jason McManus.