This seems kind of desperate: David Hayter, the screenwriter of Watchmen, is telling fans to go see it again. The film’s box office take is expected to drop this second weekend of its release; the only question is how much. If it doesn’t have “legs”, if it drops too much, then it won’t be seen as a success. He says:
[I]f it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again.
Well, if it doesn’t do the kind of business the studio wants, why should that kind of movie continue to be made? They want success, and with big-budget superhero films, that means repeat viewing and good word of mouth. The reactions to this movie have been extremely mixed.
It’s also coming after Punisher: War Zone and The Spirit, both superhero flops, although expectations were much higher for Watchmen.
Hayter goes on to say the movie must be seen more than once in order to properly grasp it. (That’s an interesting statement on how effective his work was.)
I’m probably going to go see it for the first time this weekend, although I’m not exactly looking forward to it. But I feel I have to, in a way.