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First pics of Watchmens Black Freighter

The first pictures of Tales Of The Black Freighter – the comic-within-a-comic from Watchmen that Zack Snyder has turned into an animated companion for the movie, are online.

Tales’ storyline is taken from a comic-book read by a minor character in Alan Moore’s original graphic novel and serves as a crafty thematic parallel for the story of Rorschach and co.

Sadly, there wasn’t room for the animation (which features 300's Gerard Butler as the voice of the haggard main character) in the movie itself - including it would have pushed the running time to more than three hours.

But from the looks of these images, the director hasn't spared the darker side of the tale's death-laden plot.

Are you hoping for that director's cut with all the special stuff crammed in? Or is this just all proof of the novel's unfilmability?