Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter
If you saw Watchmen, you know it was a long and meaty movie. but there’s a hell of a lot more in the book that had to be removed to make a palatable theatrical cut. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a work so dense that it was believed to be unfilmable unless it was turned into an 8-hour miniseries on HBO. Part of the reason for this is Tales of the Black Freighter, a story within the story of Watchmen. Moore took his epic World War III tale of gritty and broken superheroes and wove in a great deal of slice-of-life moments of humanity, including Bernie the talkative newsvendor and the young man who was always reading Black Freighter comics, which told a cold and brutal tale of madness at sea. The animated version of this story is due to be woven into a director’s cut of the main film on DVD (along with all the newsvendor bits, natch), but you can now see it as a stand-alone piece on its own DVD. Dark and ominous, it underscores the growing misguided hysteria that drives the main Watchmen story, and it features the voice of Gerard Butler (an old pal of Watchmen director Zack Snyder from 300) as the marooned and desperate sailor trying to cross a vast sea to save his family from the titular spectral ship and its crew of deathbringers.
Check it out. It looks really cool.