Inside Vancouver’s abandoned WATCHMEN set

Zack Snyder’s mostly faithful-to-a-fault adaptation of Watchmen (2009) is something of an oddity among the superhero TV shows and movies that have shot in Vancouver: namely, that there are zero obvious traces of the city shown on screen. 

Set is an alternate 1980s timeline, filled with superheroes, Snyder brought Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s dense and brilliantly-constructed mini-series to life by building an equally dense world for the big screen. This included a 12-acre backlot in Burnaby that was transformed into a giant swath of downtown Manhattan. More than four complete New York City streets blocks were built on the set, including storefronts, alleys and a theatre:


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