Watchmen in Television & Film Posted March 9, 2009 · Report reply I'm still seeing a lot of "this was bad because it wasn't exactly like the book" logic, which I frankly don't agree with. This is the most faithful reproduction of a comic book story (yes, I'm calling it that because it was originally published as a 12-issue series) ever made. Film has different strengths and weaknesses than comics do, so a 100% faithful translation is impossible. Many people are being hypercritical because every single thing wasn't exactly like it was in the book, instead of judging it on its own merits. The plot is mostly faithful, and the images are faithful. The themes, tone, and several characters of the film are not terribly faithful to the book, unless you are reading the book in extremely simplistic fashion. I consider those a lot more important than, say, the blots on Rorschach's mask or Bubastis or a given line of dialogue appearing. That's not "overanalyzing" the movie; it's just analyzing it. If you enjoyed this incarnation, more power to you, but I think it's been made pretty clear why several people didn't, and it's not just cause there's no squid or Black Freighter.