Who won’t be watching the Watchmen?

A detailed analysis of Bookscan numbers by Brian Hibbs over on Comic Book Resources shows Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, to have sold in amazing quantities in American bookshops last year. He estimates that “the paperback of Watchmen almost certainly sold far north of half-a-million copies, and [made over] $10 million dollars! Not so bad for a 22 year old book!” The film adaptation is scheduled for UK release in March.

Meanwhile, Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that the film, directed by Zack Snyder, will eventually be released in at least three versions: the theatrical version (156 mins), a director’s cut (190 mins) and one that works in an animated adaptation of Tales of the Black Freighter (205 mins).