This contains NO spoilers for Watchmen!
After covering Watchmen so heavily for so long, it gets easy to forget that not everybody knows the original comic inside and out the way I do. Or the way that many of the readers of this site do. While there are probably a whole bunch of people reading CHUD today who own an edition of Watchmen, there are probably a bunch more who have just a passing acquaintance with the comic, the world and the characters.
It must be pretty annoying being one of those people, since so much of the coverage of the movie has been steeped in spoilers from the get go. But Warner Bros knows that there are a lot more people who have no clue who that big glowing naked blue guy is or why he’s forty feet tall in one scene in the trailer.
For those folks there’s a new page up at NBC.com, featuring quick character featurettes for the uninitiated. The first one is Dr. Manhattan; I assume the other characters will follow in the days to come, as there are five empty spaces. Here’s the character lowdown they give:
In the late 1950s, ordinary man Jon Osterman was ripped into particles in a science experiment gone horribly wrong. But his consciousness lived on, and he managed to reassemble himself as a true superhuman, a glowing blue model of physical perfection, able to see the future and alter matter all the way down to the subatomic level. His presence profoundly affects not just his fellow heroes, but also global scientific and geopolitical affairs. However, his growing detachment from humanity has frequently left him indifferent to the world and the people around him.