Watchmen to be Shown
May 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –The Student Senate at Illinois Wesleyan University will sponsor
a screening of the Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures film Watchmen on Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington).
The event is free and open to the public.
The mystery adventure Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder (300) from a screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse and
is based on the award-winning graphic novel illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published
by DC Comics.
Watchmen was originally published as a 12-comic book series between 1986 and 1987 before subsequently
being collected into a trade paperback. It is the only graphic novel to win the prestigious
Hugo Award or to be named among Time magazine’s “100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present.”
Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the
fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" – which charts the USA's tension
with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of
his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante
Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes.
As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion, a ragtag group of retired
superheroes, only one of whom has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and
disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences
for the future.
Watchmen is rated R. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities (309)
Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181