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* IAmNotShazam: It's often thought that the second-generation supergroup is called "The Watchmen". They're not called anything because there isn't really a group. The second-generation group that Captain Metropolis ''tried'' to found would have been called "The Crimebusters". It ''is'' true in TheFilmOfTheBook, though even there the group never actually formed.


* SacredCow: ''Watchmen'' is so beloved by many that merely criticizing it is FandomHeresy in the eyes of some. Doing anything else with the story and its world is seen as blasphemous to many people as a few fans condemned the movie even before its release and a main sticking point afterward being [[spoiler:replacing the genetically-engineered squid and "its" destruction of New York City with a plot to frame Dr. Manhattan for the destruction of several cities as the keystone of Veidt's plan to stop the Cold War]]; ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' got criticized by a lot of people before its release simply because it revisited the world; and as noted under "BrokenBase", [[spoiler:many people aren't fond of DC trying to tie ''Watchmen'' into DC canon with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'']]; and [[Series/Watchmen2019 the HBO series]] was criticized for even doing a story that takes place after the events of the series.

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* SacredCow: ''Watchmen'' is so beloved by many that merely criticizing it is FandomHeresy in the eyes of some. Doing anything else with the story and its world is seen as blasphemous to many people as a few fans condemned the movie even before its release and a main sticking point afterward being [[spoiler:replacing the genetically-engineered squid and "its" destruction of New York City with a plot to frame Dr. Manhattan for the destruction of several cities as the keystone of Veidt's plan to stop the Cold War]]; ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' got criticized by a lot of people before its release simply because it revisited the world; and as noted under "BrokenBase", [[spoiler:many people aren't fond of DC trying to tie ''Watchmen'' into DC canon with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'']]; and [[Series/Watchmen2019 the HBO series]] was criticized for even doing a story that takes place after the events of the series.events of the comic.

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** In the shadow of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the idea of simply having Dr. Manhattan there to explode enemy combatants would bring a quick and decisive US victory in Vietnam seems almost quaint and naive today.


* SacredCow: ''Watchmen'' is so beloved by many that merely criticizing it is FandomHeresy in the eyes of some. Doing anything else with the story and its world is seen as blasphemous to many people as a few fans condemned the movie even before its release and a main sticking point afterward being [[spoiler:replacing the genetically-engineered squid with a plot to frame Dr. Manhattan for the destruction of several cities as the keystone of Veidt's plan to stop the Cold War]], ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' got criticized by a lot of people before its release simply because it revisited the world, and as noted under "BrokenBase", [[spoiler:many people aren't fond of DC trying to tie ''Watchmen'' into DC canon with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'']].

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* SacredCow: ''Watchmen'' is so beloved by many that merely criticizing it is FandomHeresy in the eyes of some. Doing anything else with the story and its world is seen as blasphemous to many people as a few fans condemned the movie even before its release and a main sticking point afterward being [[spoiler:replacing the genetically-engineered squid and "its" destruction of New York City with a plot to frame Dr. Manhattan for the destruction of several cities as the keystone of Veidt's plan to stop the Cold War]], War]]; ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' got criticized by a lot of people before its release simply because it revisited the world, world; and as noted under "BrokenBase", [[spoiler:many people aren't fond of DC trying to tie ''Watchmen'' into DC canon with ''ComicBook/DCRebirth'']].''ComicBook/DCRebirth'']]; and [[Series/Watchmen2019 the HBO series]] was criticized for even doing a story that takes place after the events of the series.


* CultClassic: Despite initially mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance, the film is continuing to gain a solid fanbase, specially after Creator/ZackSnyder started working on then left the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, which brought a NewbieBoon to his previous works including ''Watchmen''.

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* CultClassic: Despite initially mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance, the film is continuing to gain a solid fanbase, specially after Creator/ZackSnyder started working on then left the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, which brought a NewbieBoon NewbieBoom to his previous works including ''Watchmen''.



** No less than ''three'' of the movie's superhero actors have gone on to join the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'' [[note]]Creator/BillyCrudup as Dr. Henry Allen in ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'', Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan as Thomas Wayne in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', and Creator/PatrickWilson as Ocean Master in ''Film/Aquaman2018''[[/note]]. What's arguably even funnier is that Creator/JackieEarleHaley is currently appearing in a [[Series/TheTick2016 show]] whose tone is the ''[[AffectionateParody exact opposite]]'' of both ''Watchmen'' and the DCEU.

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** No less than ''three'' ''four'' of the movie's superhero actors have gone on to join the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'' [[note]]Creator/BillyCrudup [[note]]Creator/CarlaGugino as the voice of the Kryptonian [=AIs=], Creator/BillyCrudup as Dr. Henry Allen in ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'', Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan as Thomas Wayne in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', and Creator/PatrickWilson as the US President in ''Batman v Superman'' and Ocean Master in ''Film/Aquaman2018''[[/note]]. What's arguably even funnier is that Creator/JackieEarleHaley is currently appearing in a [[Series/TheTick2016 show]] whose tone is the ''[[AffectionateParody exact opposite]]'' of both ''Watchmen'' and the early DCEU.


* CultClassic: Despite initially mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance, the film is continuing to gain a solid fanbase, specially after Creator/ZackSnyder started working on then left the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, which brought a NewbieBorn to his previous works including ''Watchmen''.

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* CultClassic: Despite initially mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance, the film is continuing to gain a solid fanbase, specially after Creator/ZackSnyder started working on then left the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, which brought a NewbieBorn NewbieBoon to his previous works including ''Watchmen''.


* CultClassic: Despite mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance, the film seems to have and is continuing to gain a solid fanbase.

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* CultClassic: Despite initially mixed reviews and an underwhelming box office performance, the film seems to have and is continuing to gain a solid fanbase.fanbase, specially after Creator/ZackSnyder started working on then left the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, which brought a NewbieBorn to his previous works including ''Watchmen''.


** "Never erect, though." [[labelnote:Explanation]]Whenever discussion of Dr. Manhattan's penis happens, [[NeverLiveItDown as it often does]], a go-to response is to mention this very line. The line is based on an infamous IMDB listing on the Parent's Guide for the film mentioning that a blue penis is infrequently shown throughout the film, but it was "Never erect, though." [[ARareSentence That sentence, combined with the fact that it was explicitly talking about a blue penis, became an inside joke fairly quickly.]][[/labelnote]]



** Also Nite Owl's BigNo when he sees [[spoiler: Rorschach murdered]].


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-->See [[YMMV/Watchmen2019 here]].
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** It's now a bit hard not to hear [[Disney/{{Frozen}} "Let It Go"]] as Dr. Manhattan creates his palace on Mars.


* CantUnhearIt: Creator/JackieEarleHaley as Rorschach, Creator/PatrickWilson as Nite-Owl and Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan as The Comedian to name a few.

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* CantUnhearIt: Creator/JackieEarleHaley as Rorschach, Creator/BillyCrudup as Dr. Manhattan, Creator/PatrickWilson as Nite-Owl Nite Owl and Creator/JeffreyDeanMorgan as The Comedian Comedian, to name a few.

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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: When most moviegoers think about superheroes or comic book films, they don't necessarily think about {{deconstruction}} of the genre, which ''Watchmen'' unabashedly is, which might explained its lack of success in theaters.

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** Sally pining away for the Comedian for years after he sexually assaulted her is a subplot that's come in for a good deal of [[https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/the-dysfunctional-sex-of-watchmen latter-day criticism]], especially in the post-#[=MeToo=] era.

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* ValuesDissonance: A case that actually works well toward Moore's goals, as the word "retarded" wasn't considered very offensive at the time. Thus, Rorschach describing the sounds of New York as "an abattoir of retarded children" is now likely to quickly turn a lot of readers off and avoid the notorious MisaimedFandom he was subjected to.

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