“Watchmen” Paved The Way For Avengers?

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Out doing promotion for the fifth “Insidious” film, the movie’s star and director Patrick Wilson opted to heap some praise on Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation of the “Watchmen” DC Comics title.

Wilson goes so far as to say the film paved the way for “The Avengers” three years later. The team-up movie boasted a cast that includes Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Set in an alternate history in the year 1985 at the height of the Cold War, a group of mostly retired American superheroes investigate the murder of one of their own before uncovering an elaborate and deadly conspiracy.

Speaking with ReelBlend, Wilson says he remains proud of the legacy of “Watchmen”, and it’s one of the few films of his that he will rewatch:

“Watchmen is the only movie of mine that I have watched front to back since a premiere. That movie’s awesome. I wanted to share it with my son. I also probably wanted to fast-forward the scene with me and Malin [Akerman] in the ship.

I needed to stay close by. No, I wanted to look at it as an older guy, as a filmmaker. I knew Zack [Snyder] was kind of, he was ahead of the curve. You know, it’s weird to say that audiences weren’t ready for it, but you need a movie like that.

You need movies to go so dark that then Avengers can go so light. I do believe in that. But yeah, I love that movie. I’d love to do that movie now. I would, honestly, I think that’d be so awesome to just do it now.”

“Watchmen” served as something of a precursor to Snyder’s own DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which launched in 2013. A box-office disappointment, the film ultimately grossed $185.4 million gross from a $130 million budget.

Better received was HBO’s “Watchmen” series that served as a sequel to the original comic.

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