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In pictures: Watchmen premiere

Watchmen cast (l-r) Jackie Earle Haley is Rorschach, Matthew Goode is Ozymandias, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is The Comedian, Malin Akerman is Silk Spectre II, Carla Gugino is Silk Spectre, illustrator Dave Gibbons, producer Deborah Snyder, director Zack Snyder, Billy Crudup is Dr Manhattan, Patrick Wilson is Nite Owl II

Watchmen, once considered unfilmable, was published in 1986 and has gone through several unsuccessful adaptations. The cast of the new version gathered in London for the world premiere.

Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino

Malin Ackerman and Carla Gugino play daughter and mother in the film, despite being separated in real life by just seven years.

Matthew Goode

British actor Matthew Goode started filming his role as Ozymandias after starring in Brideshead Revisited.

Billy Crudup

Billy Crudup was filmed in a body suit before artists created his blue-skinned naked superbeing Dr Manhattan.

Malin Akerman and Carla Gugino

The traditional red carpet was replaced by the yellow of the novel's smiley-faced symbol in London's Leicester Square.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays cigar-chomping anti-hero The Comedian, won a legion of female fans for his role in Grey's Anatomy.

Jackie Earle Haley

Former child actor and 2007 Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley plays the mysterious masked vigilante Rorschach.

Jonatah Ross and Jane Goldman

Guests at the premiere included Jonathan Ross, pictured with his wife Jane.

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