Zack Snyder on his Watchmen changes
Watchmen is finally out there for us all to see, you can read Richard's review here. I for one, thought it was awesome.
Now that it has been released, Zack Snyder has been talking about what his favourite additon is, and the omission he'd rather not have had to make. Needless to say there are spoilers ahead, so beware.
Zack Snyder has been talking a hell of a lot lately about Watchmen, and the process of adapting one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. And interestingly he has spoken of the specific things which he added, and he felt were right. And also what he had to leave out, which he wish he hadn't had to.
A last warning that some spoilers are ahead. Snyder first talked about his favourite addition. Which is one of the opening sequences, where we see a montage of events so far.
[Showing] the dropping of the bomb on Japan is really important for the context of ‘Watchmen.’ [That establishes] the idea of killing hundreds of thousands to save millions; that moral imperative that permeates the book as a concept. A few other images from that [opening] montage. I love Adrian at Studio 54, that cultural response to the question ‘What is a superhero?’ In the sense that people in costumes are ridiculous; we would never have people in costumes running around in our world. But you look at that scene [and see David Bowie, Mick Jagger and The Village People hanging with Veidt in the Seventies] and everyone’s in a costume.
That opening montage is a great start to the film. It really did set the scene. As for the scene that he would have liked to put in but couldn't.
The thing that I would have loved to have done was [the scene where Walter Kovacs goes to his apartment]; the thing about that scene that I love in the graphic novel is Rorschach had to know that the woman in the apartment who he took the apartment from had falsely accused him of making sexual advances toward her. So when he goes back to get his costume, in the normal case he would have killed her or beat her up. But when he sees the kids he lets her be — because he sees himself in those children. That was a piece I really would have liked to have gotten to, but it just felt like that was a tangent.
Snyder was talking to MTV Splashpage. It's strange but it never struck me as obvious that the scene hadn't been included. But with 2 hours and 40 odd minutes of footage, it's hardly surprising. I did notice a few other omissions, like the fate of the first Nite Owl. But nothing that stuck out like a sore thumb. I won't talk too much about the film though, just head to the review on Filmstalker for Richard's take.
What do you think of Snyder's additions and subtractions? Did he get it right?