In seemingly every newspaper and magazine and blog over the last few months, the oh-so-clever question/headline "Who Will Watch Watchmen?" has been used over and over and over and over. And over. How many times? A Google search for "who will watch" watchmen returns 67,500 results.
Why are so many people losing sleep over this question?
The people who will watch Watchmen are the same people who made director Zack Snyder's 300 the most successful March blockbuster of all time, and I'm completely at a loss for why there is any more mystery around it. Or is everyone up in arms about whether audiences will show up for this, despite the recent news that the recent surge in movie attendance in 2009 has already marked the greatest increase in two decades?
I just don't understand the desperate anxiety to answer this question. The movie has been obnoxiously hyped for months, plus it has two built-in audiences (the Snyder fans and the fans of the graphic novel) that are going to easily make Watchmen the box-office winner for at least a couple of weeks (opening night screenings sold out weeks ahead of time).
Am I missing some part of the equation here, or is "Who Will Watch Watchmen?" really the most confounding cultural question of our time?
UPDATE: I've now seen Watchmen and realized I'm an idiot. Yes, I was missing part of the equation, as I had no idea this phrase was actually a major component of the movie. Serves me right for going in blind. Sorry, fanboys!
But not really - 67,500 people could still have shown a little creativity in writing about the movie. And when I'm talking about creativity, I'm talking about brilliant work like this parody using a clip from the very underrated Downfall (thanks to Matt Gamble for posting it first):