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Dr. Manhattan, Meet Dr. Hollywood

Whew! Tinseltown's go-to graphic-novel guy didn't ruin Watchmen. But he doesn't get it either.

Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) is a mutated atomic scientist who glows blue.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) is a mutated atomic scientist who glows blue.

The philosopher Iain Thomson (who valiantly brought Heidegger's Being and Time to bear on his reading of Watchmen) maintained that Moore not only deconstructed the idea of comic book super-heroism but pulverized the very notion of the hero — and the hero-worship that comics traditionally sell. For all its superficial fidelity, Snyder's movie stands Moore's novel on its head, trying to reconstruct a conventional blockbuster out of those empty capes and scattered shards.

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