A landmark film like The Dark Knight (supposedly … I’m waiting two more days to see it) deserves to have some big-money trailers preceding it. There’s one I especially have in mind: Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore and David Gibbon’s Watchmen. Just in case you don’t know,Watchmen is, as the trailer suggests, “the most celebrated graphic novel of all time.” Its true: Moore and Gibbon’s superhero fantasy is one of the most sweeping, complex, pieces of literature to be written this century. If you haven’t read it, well, consider this an order. You’ll probably find it in a used book store for a good price. Hit the jump for further comments.

If you have read it, the trailer is jam-packed with glimpses of key plot points. The transformation of Dr. Manhattan opens the trailer and from there … phew … its enough to make a rabid fan boy go wild. Some of it is pretty dang hair-raising. Me? Yeah. I’m excited about this one, but the trailer just didn’t jive with my reading of the graphic novel. Perhaps it looks too … hip? I imagined a grittier version of Watchman and have a feeling this sleek and stylish Hollywood production might mute the pathos and profundity of the novel.

But this is just a teaser. Check it out in glorious HD over at Quicktime or crappy YouTube down below:

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