This Halloween quite a few people will endeavor to emulate superhero Doctor Manhattan from the new film, "Watchmen". Sporting a ten-pack, hairless and with a rather large, uncut appendage, one must either be blessed down below or like actor Billy Crudup, have some CGI help.
Frankly, it was a little shocking. For nearly every scene that features Doctor Manhattan in the film, he is completely, unabashedly, naked. There is no hiding behind objects or shots above the waist—he is simply walking around with a large, uncut blue penis, without pubic hair.
Released last Friday, the film collected over 55 million in box office receipts over the weekend. It is a hit.
Based on the 1986-1987 comic book limited series Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the film adaptation stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matt Frewer, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Stephen McHattie, Laura Mennell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson. Set in an alternate-history 1985, Watchmen follows a group of former vigilantes as tensions heighten between the United States and the Soviet Union while an investigation of an apparent conspiracy against them uncovers something even more grandiose and sinister.
The special effects are good, the plot is fairly complex and the acting, especially Jackie Earle Haley, is quite convincing. Directed by Zack Snyder, one can only believe that this man has a fascination with bigger-than-life-men. He directed the macho extravaganza 300 in 2007, which also featured more than its fair share of manly flesh. In Watchmen, that manliness is proudly displayed. There was widespread speculation about Doc Manhattan's nudity—in the original book, he was indeed naked, but of moderate size—leave it to Hollywood and CGI to add a few inches.