All of the discussion about next March's Watchmen movie has focused on whether it'll be faithful to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel. But really, they're missing the point - Watchmen shouldn't be a movie at all. It only makes narrative sense as a comic book, because so much of its strengths are tied to the comics format and it's all about the history of comics. A movie version, no matter how faithful, will be empty and pointless.
This really hit me while I was watching an interview with Watchmen director Zack Snyder the other day, and he was talking about trying to do justice to the graphic novel. Judging from his Spartan war movie 300 and the early Watchmen images, Snyder's a graphic-novel fetishist who will do everything in his power to do a perfect "cover version" of Moore and Gibbons' comic. And I don't really doubt that we'll end up with a note-for-note mimicking of the graphic novel, transplanted to the screen. But will it be worth watching?