Differences of 'Watchmen' Graphic Novel and Film Discussed

February 25, 2009 08:25:28 GMT

Nite Owl will see how Rorschach died and the ear-piercing Screechers won't be heard as director Zack Snyder revealed when talking about the adjustment he has done to 'Watchmen'.

Differences of 'Watchmen' Graphic Novel and Film Discussed
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With "Watchmen" coming closer to its theatrical release date each day, details about the highly-anticipated adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' comic book series have been dispensed by director Zack Snyder. Talking to MTV News, the 42-year-old filmmaker spilled the bean on the key differences between his live-action film and the graphic novel.

Revealing the contrast one by one, Snyder started by exposing that in contrast from the comic, the movie will have Nite Owl being a witness to the killing of Rorschach by Dr. Manhattan. "I just felt that I needed a moment at the end," he explained. "That relationship between Rorschach and Nite Owl is a sweet relationship that we establish in the movie."

"We get a glimpse of what their partnership was like," he further elaborated. "I thought it was nice [for Dan] to see Rorschach die, and also it motivates him to come back in [to confront Adrian] and be mad. You think, for a second, maybe, 'Whoa, this is going to be a superhero movie!' But he has no chance against Adrian."

Another difference to be seen is the omission of the ear-piercing Screechers. While both the movie and the novel display Archie as the vehicle used to break Rorschach out of prison, the feature film version won't hear Screechers being used to disable the guards and convicts. "The Owl Ship does have Screechers; you don't hear them," Snyder said.

"But in the director's cut," he added, "when they are escaping from prison, there's a scene when they are up on the rooftop and Dan says, 'I had to turn the Screechers off, so we're going to be drawing fire soon!' So there's a little reference."

The director, in addition, revealed that he cut off the flashback when Laurie confronts Edward Blake and throws a drink in his face, saying "Yeah, I didn't put that scene in. I felt that I could only have one Comedian/Laurie flashback. So I stayed with the one outside the Watchmen headquarters." More on the key differences between "Watchmen" comic and film can be read via MTV.

Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson and others, "Watchmen" centers on vigilante Rorschach as he investigates the murder of a former hero, the Comedian. Coming across a plot to discredit and murder various heroes, he discovers a far wider-ranging conspiracy involving his colleagues' past which could completely change the course of history. The live-action film will hit the U.S. big screen on March 6.


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posted by yadda yadda on Mar 06, 2009
I agree with smartreader, you other two guys are idiots. I was disappointed that Night Owl had to see Rorschach die. I liked it better when Manhattan lied to him.
posted by smartreader on Feb 27, 2009
The only morons I see are people reading an article about the differences between the graphic novel and movie and NOT expecting spoilers.
posted by liferiot on Feb 27, 2009
agreed, no spoiler warning for those who haven't read the novel. this writer is a moron.
posted by jconner on Feb 25, 2009
how dare you print differences that give away deaths of main characters in a movie that comes out in 2 weeks? you should be shot. i know the novel, so i dont care but that is just unforgiveable. i'll never read your articles again.

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