I didn't particularly like Watchmen the first time I saw it, and I liked it even less a few weeks ago on HBO. It's very interesting visually and stylistically, and you can see the comic's frames almost slavishly translated on screen, but it just doesn't work for me as a movie. I didn't like the flow of it; the whole thing felt flat to me.
It's sort of like a playboy centerfold. Very plastic and shiny and pretty to look at, but once they start talking, I lose interest.
300 was much the same for me. Which is why I'm concerned with
. Snyder is, to me, the embodiment of 'style over substance'. I'm hoping Nolan can balance that out a little.
(And maybe Snyder will help with what some people consider to be Nolan's weakness in the Batman movies, the action sequences.)
The two Batman movies I loved, particularly the second. They're to me the first films that really started to take the step from "comic book movie" to "film", and it's looking like we'll see Marvel's first steps in that direction this summer with both Thor and Captain America (although the last Hulk was more along those lines).
(That's not counting Road to Perdition as a comic book movie...)