Zack Snyder’s Watchmen is a cherished film by Christopher Nolan. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Nolan disclosed that he was a huge admirer of Zack Snyder’s 2009 film Watchmen, which came out at a time when the Marvel Cinematic Universe and superhero films in general were only beginning to gain widespread acclaim from moviegoers. Nolan stated via email, “I’ve always believed Watchmen was ahead of its time. The idea of a superhero team, which it so brilliantly subverts, wasn’t yet a thing in movies. It would have been fascinating to see it released post-Avengers.”
In addition, Snyder stated that he speaks with Nolan on the phone around once a month and regards the filmmaker as his “only close friend.” When Nolan’s Oppenheimer debuted at Universal City IMAX earlier this year, Snyder and Paul Thomas Anderson, Todd Phillips, and Denis Villeneuve were among the select few filmmakers who were able to see it beforehand.
Watchmen, a 2009 film based on the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons limited series of the same name published by DC Comics, debuted in American theatres in March. This was Snyder’s third motion picture director following Dawn of the Dead (2004) and 300 (2007). When Watchmen was first released, reviewers gave it favorable evaluations, but fans hailed it for its deconstructive topicality and striking visuals. On an estimated $130 million budget, it brought in about $187 million at the box office worldwide.