1. Because it took two decades to make.
The rights to adapt the graphic novel were purchased way back in 1986. Sam Hamm (Batman) was the first screenwriter to tackle it in 1988, followed by Charles McKeown (Brazil) in 1991, David Hayter (X-Men) in 2001, and finally newcomer Alex Tse in 2006.
How about directors? First it was Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys), then Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain), then Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy), and finally Zach Snyder (300).
2. Because the trailers are wicked.
3. Because it takes place in an alternate 1985.
Imagine how the course of history would have been altered if a God-like man enabled the United States to surge forward in power and technology back in 1959. Think airships, wars, and Nixon.
4. Because the characters are sick.
5. Because I said so.
I’ll have a review up this weekend.