Watchmen director Zack Snyder has hit back at critics who misunderstood his movie at the time of its cinematic release.
Speaking to The Guardian, the former commercials director - whose previous films include Dawn of the Dead and 300 - accused journalists of not really understanding the Watchmen universe.
"The thing I find fascinating about the whole way Watchmen was received is that 10% or less of the critics seemed to have actually read the graphic novel... I feel like a lot of them just went to Wikipedia. Because it really is not a movie in a traditional sense... it's a two-and-a-half hour R-rated movie, and there's no precedent for that type of film becoming a huge blockbuster."
In spite of a strong opening, Watchmen is generally thought to have under-performed at the global box office, where many had predicted another blockbuster of The Dark Knight proportions.
But Snyder maintains that was never realistic, adding: "What's popular about The Dark Knight is that it's a superhero movie at its core. When Batman puts on his costume, that's badass. Watchmen is an entirely different experience: it punishes the audience. It says: "Oh you like the Comedian? Oh, he's a rapist, by the way."