Synopsis That city should be afraid of you. And when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown You can see a trailer here if you want a taste. It's incredibly faithful; but like the film as a whole, whether that decision's perceived as a plus, neutral, or a minus varies wildly.
The plot is almost exactly the same as the comic, save for a completely different explanation of the ending, with dialogue and scenes lifted almost shot-for-shot at times.
This in itself has been a point of debate among fans and critics: A textbook example of the phrase; "You Can't Please Everyone". This page is for movie-only tropes — most will be on the main Watchmen page. This movie provides examples of: It helps to establish that he's just that cunning.
There's a video of the actor discussing the role doing the switch very suddenly and for contrast, going from his own British accent to explaining that "Veidt's public peRRsona is veRRy AmeRRican" [in an American accent, hard Rs and all] "bot oo-en hhe iss in pri-vit he bekomms a bit Gehr-mahn" [in a German accent].
Done that quickly, it's jarring. Silhouette's unpleasantness is nonexistent. She and her female lover become tragic hate crime victims. Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach sans mask is just generally a lot less odd-looking than his graphic novel counterpart. Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter is far prettier than how the character was drawn, but Sally is also supposed to have been a bombshell when she was younger; Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl II may not look just like in the graphic novel being far less tubby than Dan was , but considering Dan was a male version of Beautiful All Along once Laurie pulled off his glasses in the original too, it's hard to see this as a problem; and as far as Matthew Goode as Ozymandias is concerned, the average fan is equally likely to either find him incredibly handsome or complain about his enormous eyes, rather understated chin in contrast to the graphic novel's Lantern Jaw of Justice , and long neck.
The characters' costumes also tend to be dramatically more impressive in the film, most notable with Nite Owl II looking like Batman and Rorschach's costume seemingly having been washed this decade. Manhattan is frequently shown completely nude as in the comics and unapologetically so. Some noted that even though it was not exploitative it could still be distracting, demonstrating why this trope exists. He's supposed to be the model of western perfection: Cuts out some subplots to make the film flow more smoothly than the book.
Zack Snyder, a self-avowed fan of the comic , said in an interview that he, himself, had an extremely hard time cutting scenes out, as he wanted to include everything from the comic. It was mainly his crew who had to rein him in when planning shots, otherwise the film could have easily run eight hours. In a few places, the film expands on things that the comic portrayed in only a few panels or so, especially the fight scenes. Notably, Rorschach gets a proper goodbye of sorts with Nite Owl, acknowledging that his willingness to compromise is the difference between them, and Nite Owl is a witness to Rorschach's death scene.
The subplots concerning many of the normal background characters, Doctor Manhattan's father, the vast majority of the supplemental materials, the Tales of the Black Freighter segments in the original cut, Captain Metropolis' presence in the "Crimebusters" scene named the "Watchmen" in the movie and the artificial alien, necessitating a functionally original ending.
Sally and Eddie had their Minutemen-era ages lifted for the film, as Gugino and Morgan could not convincingly play the characters that young. Sally went from being 19 to being 25, while Eddie changed from 16 to 19 in early screenplay drafts before they settled on him being Other ages and dates were tweaked a bit, as revealed in supplementary materials.
All of the U. Veidt, though it's much less ambiguous in the film than it was in the novel, the biggest example being when Dan accesses Veidt's personal computer and a folder entitled "Boys" is visible on the desktop. In the opening montage, they're slightly anvilicious about it: To make it even less ambiguous, the Village People are in that same scene.
And the Adventure Continues: It ends with Nite Owl and Silk Spectre now lovers coming out of retirement to fight crime together. Then there's The Stinger , implying that they may have to deal with the fallout from Rorschach exposing Ozymandias' crimes Rorschach is a character with many flaws.
His intentions might be good, but his means of getting there are evil. The script adds an excellent one from Rorschach to Dr. Manhattan during their confrontation: Suddenly you discover humanity? If you'd cared from the start, none of this would have happened. Bubastis, Ozymandias's genetically engineered pet, is only introduced right toward the end, and is only really there long enough to be vaporized.
In the graphic novel, she was important in that her existence foreshadowed Ozymandias's genetic engineering and the giant alien squid vagina monster. But since that was taken out, Bubastis has little purpose. The breathtaking Title Sequence , which plays off of many iconic images from the second half of the 20th century, albeit tweaked to show the progression of the alternate history of Watchmen's continuity.
Veidt is introduced to the audience via a speech from a reporter outlining his personal history to Veidt himself. Veidt, displaying his savvy attitude in his first line, interrupts with a slightly annoyed "I'm not hearing a question, Mr. The Comedian attempts to rape Sally after the first photo shoot of "The Minutemen".
Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Rorschach says that the murder of the Comedian is an attack on all costumed vigilantes, retired or otherwise.
Ozymandias's superhuman-like intellectual abilities are surprisingly matched by his physical ones. Turns out it was just a Red Herring to make the audience not notice him checking his watch or suspect that his solution to the energy crisis isn't something else instead. The Bad Guy Wins: Adrian Veidt and his plan to kill millions of people.
Ozymandias' plan could only work assuming that the rest of the watchmen, especially Jon, were able to be manipulated. Courtesy of Rorschach after melting off a guys face using boiling oil "None of you understand: I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me! The Comedian busts his fist through a wall in the opening fight scene. Unlike in the graphic novel, he and Dan are close, affectionate friends in this version- Adrian's Germanic depressive tendencies only melt around Dan, and it's highly unlikely Adrian would have taken that penitential beating from anyone else.
Nite Owl after Rorschach dies. Laurie has one when she realizes that the Comedian is her father. The ending as it's presented, especially when you consider the possibility that the rag Rorschach sent his journal to might actually publish it, revealing Ozymandias' plan and possibly sending the world back toward nuclear devastation. A rather notorious example of the trope. While Watchmen wasn't the cleanest graphic novel to hit the market, the film is extremely unsubtle in its depiction of violence.
Dan punches a Knot-Top in the elbow so hard that it breaks and splits open on the other side in a gout of blood and bone. He punches another in the shin so hard it snaps in half and collapses in on itself. Jon Osterman's death is shown in graphic slow-motion, as his clothes, skin, organs, and bones are peeled away and vaporized. Rorschach's first murder is far more graphic in the film than it is in the book, and made exponentially worse in the Director's Cut.
He splits the child-killer's head open with a cleaver, gives him a one-liner , then keeps on hacking until his nose and other assorted chunks of flesh are literally dangling off of his face. In the book, when Rorschach traps the fat henchmen's hands in the bars of his cell, the Big Figure has the goon's throat slit offscreen , with only the jet of blood visible. In the movie, the poor guy has his arms cut off with a circular saw, completely onscreen.
Granted, this actually makes more sense than in the comic, since just killing him means he's still in the way. The death of Big Figure himself. The movie gives us a Gory Discretion Shot of fluid pooling out from the bathroom in keeping with the book, but it changes that fluid from water implying Rorschach drowned BF in a toilet to blood implying he did much more than that. Some Innocent Bystander ladies get splattered in blood when Dr.
Manhattan makes two assassins explode during an interview session with Hollis Mason. Begins and ends Rorschach's voiceover. Also, the smiley face which is splattered by ketchup, right before. Played with, when the Comedian assaults and attempts to rape Sally Silk Spectre. Veidt, by a margin about six miles wider than in the comic. Ozymandias catches a bullet fired by Silk. Ozymandias uses this to evade an assassin's bullet.
Silhouette, who kisses a nurse on V-Day, while a sailor in uniform glances at them and walks by. They strike up a relationship and are eventually found murdered for it. The newspaper lying on the bed with them states she was also kicked out of the Minutemen for it. Which is odd, since there was a gay couple in the Minutemen though they may not have been 'out' yet. Silk Spectre walks up to the camera and appears to shatter the lens with a punch.
It's then revealed to be Dr. Manhattan's structure on Mars that she actually punched.