‘Watchmen’ Running Time Trimmed
When Zack Snyder took footage from The Watchmen around the world, he told journalists in every city that the film was clocking in at 2:43 and would like remain in that range. He and his wife Deborah confirmed to Sci Fi Wire that the film is actually getting a tad shorter.
"We’re getting really close," producer Deborah Snyder told the website. "We’re at two hours and 35 minutes."
Director Zack Snyder added: "The movie’s pretty long … compared to 300, which was an hour and 58 minutes. The director’s cut [of Watchmen] is about three hours and 10 minutes long. It has even more than the theatrical version as far as the detail that gets even closer to the graphic novel."
Snyder also said, "The Black Freighter version of the movie that we’re working on — which has the ins and outs of the Black Freighter comic book woven through it, with an animated version of the Black Freighter — will be about three hours and 40 minutes. So there’s a huge epic version of Watchmen, which will probably come out after the movie’s theatrical release, for hardcore [fans]."
The film remains on schedule for its March 6 release.