What editions are available?
- Theatrical Cut (162 min.)
- Director’s Cut (186 min.)
- Ultimate Cut (215 min.)
The graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore is considered be one of the best and influential literature of all time. When it was first announced that Zack Snyder would direct the film adaptation of the classic novel, fans were skeptical of the hiring of the 300 and Dawn of the Dead helmer. Since its release in 2009, three different cuts have been released of Watchmen on DVD and Blu-ray: Theatrical, Director’s Cut and the Ultimate Cut, which included the animated The Black Freighter.
Collider sat down with Snyder and asked him about his preferred version of the film:
The Director’s Cut…look—I think if you’re a crazy fan, which is fine, The Director’s Cut with The Black Freighter [Ultimate Cut] is for pure comic book freak-out. But for me, the Director’s Cut without The Black Freighter is sort of—because it was never designed—I wanted to do The Black Freighter, I wanted to do it, but we didn’t really design it to be intercut with the rest of the film, so we kind of had to jerry-rig it in, and though it goes in pretty nicely, I never felt like it was 100% completely organic. So for me, the Director’s Cut, which has Hollis’ death and other things like that.Source: Collider
The director’s preferred edition: Director’s Cut