Thursday, February 19, 2009

NEWS: Is The Watchmen Ending ACTUALLY Changed?

So, there has been a lot of buzz around the web about the apparent changes to the ending for the film adaptation of Watchmen. However, Devin Faraci over at CHUD had a chance to briefly chat with Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen, about a certain beast and it's status for the film.

Ahead be spoilers, so read with caution.

I'm at the historic Beverly Hilton right now for the Watchmen junket. While my one on one interview with Zack Snyder isn't until Friday, I ran into him in the halls of the hotel and talked about a little reference I caught in his movie.

There are potential spoilers ahead, especially if you haven't read the comic. Be warned.

Some fans have been up in arms that Zack Snyder changed elements of the end of the story, specifically removing a giant alien squid from the climax (told you it was a spoiler if you hadn't read it). More reasonable fans understand that a giant alien squid wouldn't quite work in the movie.

But eagle eyed moviegoers will realize that Zack DID keep the squid. Just maybe not in the way you might expect.

In the film Adrian Veidt and Dr. Manhattan are working together on a project that will replicate Manhattan's energy, providing free and unlimited power to the world. That project? SQUID, the logo for which is briefly visible.

"I'm glad you caught that," Zack said when I complimented him on getting the squid in the movie. And what does SQUID stand for? "Sub QUantum Intrinsic Device."

As for how that SQUID plays into the larger film... You'll have to wait until March 6th to find out.

Creative Mr. Snyder, very creative.

In other Watchmen news, or in this case, non-news, /Film has a video blog up, contemplating the box office merit of this geekgasm. This is where you all come in...

Are YOU going to be checking out Watchmen on the 6th? Why or why not? I'm a HUGE fan of the graphic novel, and a pretty big comic book geek as a whole, so of course I will be seeing it, but for the more mainstream film goer, what do you think about the film?

Come back later for more news and notes.

Go see something good!

1 comment:

  1. I've been reading comics on a regular basis since I was in middle school, and I have no intention of seeing Watchmen. I find it outrageous and somewhat offensive that this movie was made at all, but the specific way it's being made really bothers me, as does the apparent irreverence of the filmmakers toward comic fans in general. There seems to be a building consensus that film is the ultimate form of artistic expression and that any well-respected art in another medium must be made into a movie, and it's just not right.


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