Dave Gibbons talks Watchmen finale

And a new scene is shown at the New York Comic Con

Dave Gibbons, never a man to back down from questions about the movie based on the comic he helped create, has been talking it up again.

Before we go any further, those Watchmen newcomers wishing to stay spoiler free should skip this news story, as the ending is discussed.

Speaking at this past weekend’s New York Comic Con, Gibbons once more directly addressed the issue of changes director Zack Snyder has made to the story’s big finish.

Those who’ve devoured the graphic novel know that Adrian Veidt’s big plan to force world peace features one OTT element – a fake giant alien “squid”.


Recently, web whispers indicated that Snyder has changed what Veidt uses, though, as Gibbons says, not the means or the result. “The outcome is exactly the same as the novel. But the gimmick is different. I think it has to stand as a good movie,” he told the crowd. “The reality is you have to make changes, and I think it's been done very well.

“Why is the squid so important? In the comic book it's a huge special effect that Adrien Veidt pulls, it's a special effect. I don't think it would have worked as well in the movie. Sorry...”

So there you have it.

Oh, and lucky Comic Con attendees also got to see an as-yet unseen moment from the movie, which finds Rorschach in prison, proving just what an unhinged mind lurks behind that mask when he beats up several prisoners. This won’t be for kids, people…

[Source: io9]

Are you annoyed by the changes? Or do you think Snyder had to make them? Tell us…

Comments

    • asfm1

      Feb 9th 2009, 15:40

      I don't think the squid is necessary at all. It's the ultimate WTF moment, but I really don't think it's all that great - and it's by no means the crux of the novel, or the story. That would be the characterisation and storytelling. What I do think is necessary is that the catastrophe is sufficiently alien. I've heard rumours that Veidt uses (or tricks) Dr. Manhattan to create the explosion, but since Dr. Manhattan is linked heavily with the USA, the global sentiment would probably be 'serves you right'. But I trust Synder to make a super stylish and crazy fun film. It may not be Watchmen as it appears on paper, but neither is Lord of the Rings. The fact that he's taken it this far, and promises us a 3+ hour DVD, is pretty damn remarkable in itself. I'm more than content.

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    • Tseng95

      Feb 10th 2009, 12:39

      I think the "squid" alien was a great idea in the comic. However I can live with a change in the film as I understand that some people who would want to watch this film will not have read the comic and to use an alien special effect in the film could lead audiences to think the film is compleatly unbelievable or just not take it as seriously as they may have done.

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    • Tseng95

      Feb 10th 2009, 12:39

      I think the "squid" alien was a great idea in the comic. However I can live with a change in the film as I understand that some people who would want to watch this film will not have read the comic and to use an alien special effect in the film could lead audiences to think the film is compleatly unbelievable or just not take it as seriously as they may have done.

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    • MarcusT

      Feb 12th 2009, 10:03

      Squid, schmid .... what works on paper does not always work on celluloid. The movie ending sounds better. Snyder will make Watchmen rock

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