Snyder discusses Watchmen ending and DVD
Zack Snyder has been talking about Watchmen in some detail. He's been talking about the multiple DVD releases, the running time, the rather interesting soundtrack, and above all he's addressed the current rant that's spreading around the interflab, the ending of the film.
Now do be warned that the ending of the story will be discussed at the end of this article, I will mark it out clearly so you can avoid it and keep the rest of the information up at the front of the post.
The Butler did it! Oh just kidding!
Talking about the film over at Dark Horizons through Rope of Silicon, Zack Snyder reveals some interesting titbits. First up he says that a new trailer for Watchmen will be showing in the U.S. before Quantum of Solace, a trailer that contains much more story and gives the idea that someone is after the superheroes and bumping them off one by one. He also reveals that there will be another trailer due out early next year.
Then he talks little about the soundtrack of the film, and it sounds like it will be matching the graphic novel music quotes well, especially since it will be featuring Bob Dylan's All Along the Watchtower. He revealed in the interview that it will also feature 99 Luftballons by Nena, also known as 99 Red Balloons. Apparently people were baffled at that choice, and so he explained:
“...someone said to me like 'I don't get why you put that song in the movie', and I said 'you know that song's about these red balloons getting away and causing nuclear war' and they're like 'Oh...huh'.”
I remember that from when the song was released, I really liked that song!
Now, getting to the interesting stuff. Snyder talks about the running time of Watchmen and reveals that he's hoping it's going to hit two hours and forty-two minutes, thankfully with the credits.
Then he talked about the DVD releases, which we've already heard that there are going to be three, the standard release, director's cut, and then the director's cut again with the Black Freighter additional film, or maybe not.
“For me 'Black Freighter' needs its own box, it's packaged with like cool props from the movie and supplemental material. It's like this big thing you put on your shelf and go 'that's [expletive removed - Richard] Black Freighter' you know.”
So there may be a separate DVD for The Black Freighter? So there could be more money milked out of you? I do hope that there's a Blu-ray version with director's cut and The Black Freighter released.
Now, here we enter spoiler territory, so if you have already read the comic book then you'll be fine, if you haven't then you might consider this to be a little bit of a spoiler, even though this doesn't appear to happen in the film it's an indication of the kind of thing that will. Oh, and Snyder let's slip a little of what the ending actually will be.
Recently there's been a big furore online about the supposed ending of Watchmen. Seen at a test screening and then released online, the news was that the ending did not mirror that of the comic books. Instead of the creature there was something else, something very different.
Snyder addresses the issue rather openly.
“The fans, god love 'em, they're all up in arms about the squid. What they should be up in arms about are things like shooting the pregnant woman, 'God is real and he's American', whether THAT's in the movie. That's my point of view, maybe I'm crazy.”
Although he won't commit to what the ending actually is, he does reveal some interesting points about the film ending:
“The squid was not in the movie when I got the script, the squid was never in any draft that I saw. My point is only that there was this elegant solution to the squid problem that I kind of embraced. I'm a fan of the thing as much as anyone, I was saying what are we going to do about this before I even read the script.”
So reading between the lines it's fair to say that the “squid ending” as it's being called is not there, so what is? Apparently those at the screening claimed that it was something to do with nuclear explosions, something that Snyder himself gives some rise to when asked directly if that is the actual ending.
“I won't say exactly but... Dr. Manhattan has a certain energy signature, it's clearly his thing...so you know.”
Now Snyder could be referring to the image on his forehead, the image that he puts there after he recreates himself. That signature is an image of the hydrogen atom if I remember correctly, and that would put credence to the idea of atomic bombs, and set off by Manhattan himself.
Now that does get me thinking, and it should do for those of you who have read the comic series too. What do you think to that?