Marvel Cinematic Universe director Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) has admitted his favorite comic book movie isn’t a Marvel movie, rather, Warner Bros.’ divisive adaptation of the DC Comic miniseries Watchmen.
Specifically, Derrickson says The Ultimate Cut of the Zack Snyder-directed film — a re-edit, released on home video — takes the cake as the best comic book movie of all-time, even comparing it to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner.
“Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut is a DC film, and if I’m being honest, my favorite comic book movie to date,” Derrickson wrote on Twitter. “It is the Blade Runner of superhero cinema.”
Like Blade Runner, there are a handful of versions of Watchmen out there, including the Ultimate Cut which Derrickson is praising. The re-edit includes a number of deleted scenes from the Director’s Cut, in addition to clips from the Tales of the Black Freighter animated film interspersed throughout the movie, aiming to recapture the effect of the original graphic novel, which bounced between the main Watchmen storyline and the comic-within-the-comic for added allegorical effect. The Ultimate Cut has an impressive 215-minute runtime.
Derrickson, who helmed the first (and only, at this point) Doctor Strange solo movie, served as a consultant on the Marvel Studios epic Avengers: Infinity War. While he’s publicly expressed ideas for a sequel to Doctor Strange, Disney has yet to formally announce a follow-up to the 2016 Benedict Cumberbatch-led hit.
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