On March 4 for the opening of the movie Watchmen a large water screen and projector were used to project a 100 foot Dr. Manhattan in the middle of the Thames in London. Did you see this? Did they at least blur out the big blue penis?
A press release governing the event and movie release gave some info, but not enough. Hell, I don’t even know what projector was used! What is THAT about?!
From the press release:
London, 4 March 2009 – To celebrate the Paramount Pictures UK release of the hugely anticipated and revered Watchmen (in cinemas 06.03.09), at exactly 8pm GMT, London’s River Thames gave birth to a Watchmen spectacle that was beyond the thinkable. Dr Manhattan, the blue skinned, super-powered being beloved of all Watchmen fans, appeared above the murky depths of the Thames to a height of over 70 feet and towered over all those who dared to attend.
This dramatic, one-off spectacle was created using the world’s biggest water screen projector. The water screen, moored especially for this occasion in the middle of the Thames between the London Eye and The Shell Building, created an enormous vertical screen of water that extended to 72 feet in height and 100 feet across. Specially created, never to be seen again Watchmen footage, was projected onto the screen to showcase Dr Manhattan’s translucent and shimmering form in dramatic and gigantic effect -an excellent and exciting medium to see Dr Manhattan in all his super human glory as he hovered over the city in true Watchmen style!
A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, “Watchmen” is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock–which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union–moves closer to midnight.
When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion–a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers–Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future.
Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?
My wife didn’t seem too pleased with the movie, but make your own opinion. All I have is one question – why couldn’t he wear some kind of pants?