A great many people over the years proclaimed that, as amazing as Watchmen was (the graphic novel), there were too many stories and too many layers of stories and so much subtext about 80’s political upheaval running through its pages, there is just no way the story would filmable, at least in a way where it pleased fans or did the source material justice.
So, if such is the case, how did Zack “I ruined Batman” Snyder pull it off? There are actually a lot of ways to answer that question. He made some changes to help with mass appeal, but they were small enough to not drive fans crazy. The “Black Pearl” storyline seemed missing then it was released as its own animated movie. Truth is, if you look back on Watchmen, what Snyder did was nothing short of SUPER impressive. Where many souls had been handed Watchmen in Hollywood before him, Snyder was the only director given the chance, and though some may argue otherwise, he pretty much did the impossible. Made what many called an unfilmable comic book into a wholly watchable (albeit long) comic book movie that did most people proud.
But really, how did he do it?
KaptainKristian has a cool little video making the rounds right now that gives Watchman fans some insight into just how the whole thing was pulled off. And once you hear how it all fell together, you realize just how impossible a feat it almost was.