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Old November 11 2008, 07:58 AM   #1
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Zach Snyder's Changing the Ending of "Watchmen"

In an interview with Dark Horizons, Snyder confirmed that he had changed the ending of “Watchmen,” and shot down reports that he had filmed more than one.
In the “new” ending, the moral dilemma was the same, but the mechanics were different — and missing in action was one highly anticipated giant squid. The reviews were quickly pulled from the Internet forums they appeared on, and many were skeptical they were real. Theories circulated that Warner Bros was testing alternate endings to see if they could appeal more to mainstream audiences...“The fans, god love ‘em, they’re all up in arms about the squid,” said Snyder.
I know I'm going to get rapped in the mouth by the purists around here, but I'm actually happy about this. I hated (and by "hated" I mean with the fiery passion of a thousand suns) the ending of Watchmen. I bought an issue every month when it first came out, reading and re-reading each issue and dying of anticipation for the next one...only to be hit in the face with disappointment like a wet frying pan with the final issue. I felt a whole year of my life had been wasted and that I'd never get it back. It's one of the reasons I stopped being a regular comic reader. (the other reason was that it was just getting too expensive a hobby).

I still feel that the world Alan Moore created and the characters therein are extraordinary, and I am looking forward to seeing that translated to film.
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Old November 11 2008, 08:35 AM   #2
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For someone who got sick of it after one or two issues, how did it end?
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Old November 11 2008, 08:40 AM   #3
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Old November 11 2008, 08:41 AM   #4
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What was wrong with the ending, CaptMurdock?

Though I wasn't all that impressed with the squid myself. It didn't really represent an intelligent adversary.
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Old November 11 2008, 09:14 AM   #5
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Re: Zach Snyder's Changing the Ending of "Watchmen"

Perhaps now is not a good time to inject Ayn Rand's objectivism into this discussion.
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Old November 11 2008, 02:09 PM   #6
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The movie's substitute for the squid is quite good, from what I've read.

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Old November 11 2008, 02:54 PM   #7
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I actually like the alien monstrosity better than this new ending (if it turns out to be true). What I really hope is missing in the movie, though, is the whole "guy on a raft after fighting pirates" story. I've re-read Watchmen about ten times and I always try to read that whole storyline through, but I end up just skipping over it. Someone mentioned Ayn Rand above ... I've also re-read Atlas Shrugged ten times and I always end up skipping through John Galt's radio address, about a quarter way through.
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Old November 11 2008, 03:03 PM   #8
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If what SCSisko said is true, I think that might work, but I don't see why they didn't just stick to the "script" when it's a CGI fest anyway.
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Old November 11 2008, 04:45 PM   #9
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Stone_Cold_Sisko wrote: View Post
The movie's substitute for the squid is quite good, from what I've read.

If that's accurate, it's much better than the end of the comic. The squid has always been dumb.
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Old November 11 2008, 05:35 PM   #10
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Re: Zach Snyder's Changing the Ending of "Watchmen"

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It is accurate, at least it is in a copy of the script I got about a year ago. I was working at a talent agency that represents the actor Stephen McHattie and um, "borrowed", a copy of his script.

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Old November 11 2008, 06:02 PM   #11
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That's cool, TED.

As for the "squid," I thought it worked. Ozy wanted something that looked freakish and otherworldly, so he hired a talented writer and a talented artist come come up with the concept, which then served as the blueprint for what he created. It fits. Last time I checked, there were no twisted, city-sized squids on Earth.
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Old November 11 2008, 06:08 PM   #12
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Stone_Cold_Sisko wrote: View Post
The movie's substitute for the squid is quite good, from what I've read.

If that's accurate, it's much better than the end of the comic. The squid has always been dumb.
Yeah, good thing Zack Snyder is teaching that hack Alan Moore a few things about how to do a real Watchmen story.
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Old November 11 2008, 06:15 PM   #13
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it would be cool if some sphere shaped robot showed up in town and started smashing stuff. the only thing that could stop it is it's own mechanical claw with the use of a remote control! now that is old school!
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Old November 11 2008, 06:27 PM   #14
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I can't even think of what to say about this, other than why?
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Old November 11 2008, 06:31 PM   #15
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Perhaps now is not a good time to inject Ayn Rand's objectivism into this discussion.
I know its a little off topic but Holy Coincidence. There was a programme about her on the radio today. Just thought I'd share it with you.
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