Joel Silver reveals his planned ending for Watchmen

Criticises Zack Snyder’s take on the material

Joel Silver has taken a shot at Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation, criticising the director for being “a slave to the material”, and revealing the vision he had planned for the project.

Silver was developing an adaptation at one point, with Terry Gilliam in place to direct, and has spoken at length on just why his version would have been more of a success…

“It was a much, much better movie,” says Silver of his version. “I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it back from the studio at that point.”

Silver goes on to explain how Gilliam would have altered the film’s third act, discarding the source material in favour of a less “silly” conclusion.

“Instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing, which was too hard and too silly, what he did was maintain that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure.”

“He had the Ozymandias character convince Doctor Manhattan to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. And in the vortex that was created after that occurred, these characters from Watchmen only became characters in a comic book.”

It’s certainly an interesting idea, although we’ve never really had a problem with Snyder’s ending. Let us know which version of the story you would have preferred in the comments below…

What did you think of Snyder's film? Tell us, below!


    • Andy85

      Feb 27th 2014, 8:30

      Sounds w**k!! I thought Snyder did a stellar job, if Dr Manhattan can see the future there is no way Ozymandias would have convinced him to go back and not create himself because no matter how Dr Manhattan felt about his own creation he could make that decision on his own. Sounds too confusing for my liking.

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    • Chufferstud

      Feb 27th 2014, 8:53

      Watchmen is a great film and kept as close to the source as it could. Shame Man of Steel didn't match it in terms of style.

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    • QuietLife

      Feb 27th 2014, 8:55

      Joel Silver needs to f**k off and stick to producing. Yet another example of people responsible for vast amounts of cash thinking they have artistic talent. You spot talent Joel, you don't have it.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Feb 27th 2014, 9:32

      I loved Watchmen. Thought he did a superb job of bringing it to life on the screen. Silver is a tool. That's the problem with those in Hollywood; they want to develop something for the big screen cos they know it'll rake in money, then change it cos they think they can do better than the source material, then get huffy when the numbers go down cos they p'ed off the fanbase by changing it!

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    • QuietLife

      Feb 27th 2014, 9:42

      I agree with Bob. I thought Snyder (although I do like his films more than other people do) did the unimaginable by managing to adapt Watchmen for the screen. Execs who just see the dollar signs, milk the merchandise and then criticise the movie later can go and rot.

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    • mattburgess

      Feb 27th 2014, 9:43

      "Oh my God, that's so awesome and meta!" said no-one.

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    • nickelia

      Feb 27th 2014, 9:47

      Joel Silver please stay away from all super hero films, we all saw what you did to Batman and Robin.

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    • mattburgess

      Feb 27th 2014, 9:50

      @nickelia, that was Joel Schumacher, right?

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    • dangoodfellow

      Feb 27th 2014, 10:02

      Snyder absolutly butchered the ending of Watchmen, completely missed the point. What is it with Hollywood types who view comic book scenarios as unbelievable and yet constantly pedal the idea of humans being shot in the arm, leg or stomach , and still winning a fight? Watchmen is crafted like a novel, Alan Moores use of structure and multi linked narrative up and down the timeline is very justly celebrated, and results in a water tight story. And yet directors and producers whose written work has never been lauded in such away makE these sweeping 'oh, that never would have worked' statements. grrrr.

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    • chibik

      Feb 27th 2014, 11:07

      I actually like his idea for the ending.

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Feb 27th 2014, 11:22

      Watchmen was awful. Silly, porny and all style. Changing the ending wouldn't have changed that.

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    • benblackney

      Feb 27th 2014, 11:27

      Slave to Happy Endings and Hollywood you mean. I loved this ending and being true to the source material is what we fans want you d******s, that's why we the comic is a cult classic.

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    • apo1978

      Feb 27th 2014, 13:09

      Slightly off-topic, but in my opinion, Snyder is in danger of becoming the new Shyamalan. A couple of good movies back in the day (300, Watchmen) but now becoming a bit of a hack (Sucker Punch, Man Of Steel).

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    • davey1995

      Feb 27th 2014, 13:21

      i enjoyed the movie watchmen it stayed close to the comic and i loved man of steel but getting back to watchmen i think the comic was better there was just to much slow motion action scenes in watchmen it just got to unrealistic

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    • davey1995

      Feb 27th 2014, 13:22

      also i enjoyed only 3 of Zack Snyder's movies sucker punch watchmen and man of steel

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    • glennwiseman

      Feb 27th 2014, 14:04

      I've enjoyed all of Zack Snyder's films apart from Sucker Punch which was terrible (I had to turn it off half way through it was that bad),the Dawn Of The Dead remake he directed is one of the best horror re-makes I've seen. I thought he did a great job with Watchmen. Watchmen with Terry Gilliam at the helm would have been interesting but Joel Silver ending sounds pretty bad to me.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 27th 2014, 14:26

      So basically all the smart material would be pulled in favour of his Walmart version. This is why Hollywood is sh/tting CGI logs with pointless Spiderman reboots . I bet Silver came up with the last Matrix movie. "Dude, seriously...a world of Agent Smiths, CGI Zion guns maaan. Can't fail!"

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    • FBDHolloway

      Feb 27th 2014, 14:52

      While I agree that Joel Silver's ending sounds terrible I can't get behind the Snyder ending either - by shifting the cataclysmic event to a bomb, something earthly, he ignored the central concept of the plan which was to unite humanity. The only way humanity can unite is against an extraterrestrial threat, hence the large creature which appears in the comic book. Alan Moore knows this stuff. Don't f**k with Alan Moore.

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    • LSJShez

      Feb 27th 2014, 15:39

      Sounds like horsesh!t to me. Does Silver genuinely think his idea less "silly"? I'm not a Zack Snyder fan, but there's a reason he stayed with the source. And it's one of the few things I respect him for.

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    • Mck123

      Feb 27th 2014, 16:09

      FBDHolloway - You nailed it. Although I think it may have come down to a budgetary constraint as well. I would have loved to have seen a Terry Gilliam version of Watchman though..

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    • bill2112

      Feb 27th 2014, 16:50

      If you`re not going to be faithful to the material why bother? A comic/graphic novel is basically a fully scripted storyboard,you just need to make the film not f**k with it...simple! See current Fantastic Four casting!

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 27th 2014, 18:18

      Only Snyder movie I haven't enjoyed was Sucker Punch.

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    • YTWhitemanson

      Feb 27th 2014, 18:20

      gilliam is, if not an artist, then certainly, quite imaginative fellow, while snyder is a horny fetishist, and so are, unfortunately, most of target audiences for comic book movies.

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    • markwalsh

      Feb 27th 2014, 21:35

      That would be an awful ending. Like Wizard of OZ : just a dream. These powerful sociopaths always think their lame assed ideas are better than the original creator / artist. I was disappointed there were no dead alien monsters half stuck in our reality like the original text : my favorite surreal part.

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    • Broadsword

      Feb 27th 2014, 22:24

      I wonder how Silver would have worked Riggs and Murtaugh into Watchmen. ' I'm gettin' too old for this talentless Producer s**t' perhaps? Silver, Schmilver.

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    • stuartpittaway

      Feb 28th 2014, 1:28

      Watchmen is fantastic. I've not read the book but the ending sounds like it would struggle to play on screen so the decision was the right one. I quite enjoyed Sucker Punch. Man of Steel was disappointing and horribly overblown but 300 is the worst. Twice I've tried and twice I've turned it off after half an hour.

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    • jontherkildsen

      Mar 3rd 2014, 16:26

      Silvers take is interesting, but sort of the "it was all a dream" solution, which is not fair to the audience. I can imagine the disappointment when leaving the cinema... I am all hail for surprises but I fail to understand why he wants to stray so essentially from the source material? What is the point of using a source then??? Make your own story and end it whatever way you want.... Snyder did an amazing job; few could have done better - if any. There is a deleted scene when the previous Nite Owl is taken down... utter beautifully filmed, should have been left it. Anyways, unlike many here, I loved Sucker Punch too, had to watch it a few times before I really got it, but then... wauu. Man of Steel had me at first view, is the superman movies we always needed. I say; Silver do your own thang – why not, there is plenty of room and I greet it with great pleasure. And Snyder, keep doing whatever it is your are doing... both of you guys have lifted the cinema experience to new hights, no need to stop. Cheers!

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