A 72ft tall blue-skinned comic book character has risen from the Thames to celebrate the UK release of the Watchmen movie.
The spectacle of the often naked Dr Manhattan - played by Billy Crudup in the film and given a computer-generated blue glow - was created using the world's biggest water screen projector which was moored in the middle of the river.
Watchmen is a 12-issue limited series created by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins and was first published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987.
It focuses on six main characters - Dr Manhattan, The Comedian, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and Silk Spectre - but for years, filming a movie based on the books was considered impossible due to its multiple characters, violence, digressions and abundance of dialogue.
"It's difficult material. You can't put it on the head of a pin," producer Larry Gordon said.
But fellow producer Lloyd Levin believes audiences are getting more sophisticated, saying: "The movie audience of today has caught up with the comic book audience of the 1980s, and superheroes are the absolute mainstream and I think there is the opportunity to push things a little bit further."
Watchmen, which cost about $120 million to make and runs for 2 hours 43 minutes, is set in 1985 amid the spectre of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The only superhero with real powers is a freak of science called Dr Manhattan who is nearly omnipotent but escapes to Mars because he cannot understand humans and women in particular.
In the meantime, a masked vigilante named Rorschach, played by James Earle Haley, is tracking the killer of fellow superhero The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
Retired superheroes Silk Spectre, played by Malin Akerman, and Night Owl (Patrick Wilson) join him and unravel a plot with dangerous implications for mankind.
In: Arts and Entertainment
Tags: Watchmen, Dr, Manhattan, on, Thames
Location: London, London, City of, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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