It is rare that we ever plan anything in advance here at FSR. For the most part, our journalistic rhythm, much like our personal lives, are haphazardly thrown together moment by moment. So when it comes to seeing movies and attending events, we just sort of show up and people let us in — that is how we roll. Two particular events taking place this summer did require our early attention. First up, the release of The Dark Knight, probably the most anticipated film of the year in just about every circle for a variety of reasons. Secondly, we have Comic-Con International in San Diego a week later — the event of events, for Hollywood, comic fans, movie fans and geeks of all creeds. For any serious movie lover, those are the events of the year.

300 Director Zack Snyder and the production team at Warner Bros., who will bring us the highly anticipated Watchmen movie in March 2009 seem to have a relatively firm grasp on this concept, as they seem to be targeting both events as the best possible ways to introduce fans to the cinematic adaptation of one of the most heralded comic books of all time. Zack and his wife Debbie, who is a producer on Watchmen, took a moment to talk to our friend Frosty over at Collider last night at the 34th Annual Saturn Awards.

Zack and Deb SnyderWhen asked about the rumors that a Watchmen trailer would be shown before The Dark Knight, Snyder responded with a sly grin, saying that it would be awesome if that were the case. And while he did not confirm it, his town coupled with the sheer logic of advertising the biggest comic book film of next year with the biggest comic book film of this year was almost a dead giveaway.

On the subject of Comic-Con, the Snyder’s promised not only that there will be footage — a “couple minutes” to be more exact — but that there might also be some “large props” on display. The rumor, which Snyder once again was quick to dance around, was that Night Owl’s ship might make an appearance. “That would be cool,” he responded, continuing to play coy about the whole thing.

So while Zack and Debbie weren’t ready to give away all the goods, it is very evident that Warner Bros. intends for Watchmen to be the main event at this year’s Comic-Con. It would be a welcomed change for the studio, whose presence last year was tarnished by the lack of promotion done for The Dark Knight. Though it did nothing to slow the behemoth that is Batman and his next film, it did disappoint a few Con attendees here and there. In fact, if you remember last year, the film that one the biggest buzz coming out of the Con was Iron Man, and look how that turned out. WB could do well to take notes from what Iron Man accomplished in 2007, especially considering the somewhat niche nature of Watchmen — similar to Iron Man, Watchmen is new to the American mainstream audiences.

For those of us who are familiar with Watchmen though, this news is just icing on the cake that is the entire production. Because lets face it, the film is going to be quite an experience, no matter what.

Are you excited for the upcoming Watchmen movie? Also, what films are you most anticipating seeing at Comic-Con this year?

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