Gerard Butler IS the Black Freighter (Blog)

Category: Watchmen/Tales of the Black Freighter News | Posted by: DaisyMay
Article Date: February 28, 2008 | Publication: Cinematical | Author: Monika Bartyzel
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Yes, Watchmen is about retired superheroes in an alternate United States where a Doomsday Clock counts down to nuclear war and one of their own is murdered. But there's also The Tales of the Black Freighter, a comic within a comic that details the adventures of a castaway and a phantom pirate ship. (Because, in a world where superheroes are real, who wants to read comics about them?) Since Zack Snyder already had a solid 130-140 page script without the Freighter material, it was decided that the story would become a special DVD feature.

Unsurprisingly, 300-star Gerard Butler's name was immediately connected to the side project in rumors, and now, he's finally confirming them. In a discussion with Empire, the actor says: "I'm going to do the voice of the captain. They're going to do it in the style of a Japanese anime, and I'm totally stoked... It's this decent into madness but explained in such a sane way that you totally feel it yourself. By the end, my heart was pumping!" Butler's over-the-top romance with Hilary Swank may not have inspired the masses, but maybe a return to carnage will -- one that will have him, or rather his anime character, making rafts out of gas-bloated bodies. Isn't that crafty?

So, we've got Gerard's voice leading the Freighter, and it will be done anime. Sound off, Watchmen fiends: Is Zack Snyder right on track with this, or do you think he's off-base?