Never-before-seen montage clips from Watchmen to unspool starting this weekend on all of Universal’s stations

Patrick Wilson as Dan Dreiberg aka Nite Owl - contemplates his future as a Watchmen
Patrick Wilson as Dan Dreiberg aka Nite Owl - contemplates his future as a Watchmen

In the days leading up to the much-anticipated March 6th release of Watchmen, I found out that brand new clip montages from the film will air exclusively during the broadcast of six different shows across three NBC Universal networks. Each of the action-packed segments focuses on one of the film’s central figures—Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, The Comedian, Ozymandias, Nite Owl, and Silk Spectre II—introducing the film incarnations of the characters who have moved from the pages of the legendary graphic novel to the big screen in the new Warner Bros./Paramount/Legendary Pictures film.

The promotion begins this Sunday, March 1st and encompasses several of the most popular series on three NBC Universal networks: NBC (Heroes and 30 Rock), SCI FI (Battlestar Galactica and Ghost Hunters International) and USA Network (Burn Notice and the broadcast of the movie National Treasure). The select clip montages have been slated to air as follows:

  • March 1 – Clip montage featuring Dr. Manhattan airs exclusively during National Treasure on USA Network.
  • March 2 – Clip montage featuring Rorschach airs exclusively during Heroes on NBC.
  • March 4 – Clip montage featuring Ozymandias airs exclusively during Ghost Hunters International on Sci-Fi Channel.
  • March 5 – Clip montage featuring Nite Owl airs exclusively during Battlestar Galactica on SCI FI.
  • March 5 – Clip montage featuring Silk Spectre II airs exclusively during Burn Notice on USA Network.
  • March 5 – Clip montage featuring The Comedian airs exclusively during 30 Rock on NBC.

Following their network airing, the clips will be available for viewing on

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock—which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union—moves closer to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion, Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?

Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay is by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based upon the award-winning graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC Comics. Herbert W. Gains and Thomas Tull are the executive producers, with Wesley Coller serving as co-producer.

The film stars Malin Akerman as Laurie Jupiter, aka Silk Spectre II; Billy Crudup as Jon Osterman, aka Dr. Manhattan; Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias; Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter, aka Silk Spectre; Jackie Earle Haley as Walter Kovacs, aka Rorschach; Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Edward Blake, aka The Comedian; and Patrick Wilson as Dan Dreiberg, aka Nite Owl.