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) 556-3850.                                               

Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181