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We knew it was coming. We’ve been waiting all night. And it is finally here — the second full-length Watchmen trailer. And even though it won’t be in theaters until March 6, 2009, the vision of director Zack Snyder is starting to come into frame. But before we get into all of that, lets have a look at this new trailer:

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Not quite as poignant as the first trailer, but good nonetheless. This second trailer takes a more somber look at the actual plot rather than just teasing with images of the iconic characters from the book. And in that it does serve a great purpose — the first trailer was meant to get the geeks, the Comic-Con crowd excited. These next two trailers will be about selling the film to mainstream audiences. While Watchmen is, as the trailer explains, “the most celebrated graphic novel of all-time,” that might not exactly resonate with Joe the Plumber. If The Dark Knight has taught us anything it is that a comic book movie can be a good movie first, comic book movie second. All signs currently point to Watchmen being cut from a similar cloth, but in order for it to find great success at the box office the marketing is going to have to follow suit.

Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead). It stars Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Malin Ackerman, Carla Gugino and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore, with illustration by Dave Gibbons. Watchmen hits theaters on March 6, 2009.

What are your thoughts on the second full-length Watchmen trailer?


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