Watchmen Movie Ending SPOILERS? Alternate Ending?

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Good God. What a spoiler. It’s such a spoiler that I’m going to use all capital letters, as in — GOOD GOD WHAT A SPOILER!! Of course, it may or may not be true, but for some reason I think it’s true. Why? Because the original ending of Alan Moore’s comic book always left me a little empty. No, I’m not talking about the major TWIST that is revealed to the superheroes by the villain, I’m talking about what the villain does afterwards. You know, by teleporting that something somewhere? I mean, come on, it looked pretty silly in the comic books, and it’s bound to look even sillier on the movie screen. But hey, isn’t that the point? Maybe, maybe not. According to people who have seen super duper secret advance screenings of Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” held in, of all places, Portland the ending from Moore’s book has been replaced with a new ending. SPOILERS BELOW AHOY!

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SPOILERS BELOW! READ NO FURTHER UNLESS YOU WISH TO KNOW THE ENDING TO “WATCHMEN”!!!

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From ComicBookMovie.com, who were quick enough to grab these comments made by various people at IMDB.com’s message board before they were swiftly deleted by the moderators. Basically, what it all comes down to is this:

Originally in the comic books, Ozymandias, the superhero identity of the genius Adrian Veidt, was the killer who had killed his former superhero comrade the Comedian (which opens the movie) because the latter had discovered his plan. And what was his plan? Ozymandias had created a giant, alien-ish squid (pic below) and teleported it into New York City. His reasoning: With the world on the brink of war, his theory is that the presence of a major alien threat from parts unknown will unite the world against it, thus ending hostilities between the nations, and forcing them to become allies rather than enemies. For the greater good, he’ll kill a few million people in New York, if you will.

Watchmen Squid

According to all the spoilers that are leaking out of the Portland screening, Ozymandias no longer creates a squid and teleports it into New York City; instead, Ozymandias tricks the all-powerful Doctor Manhattan (the big blue guy in the trailers) to help him create a device that mimics Manhattan’s powers under the guise of creating clean, renewable energy for the world. Ozymandias than uses the device to blow up various cities around the world, thus framing Doctor Manhattan and achieving the same goal as the squid idea — by forcing the warring nations of the world to unite against a common enemy: Doctor Manhattan.

There are more MAJOR SPOILER considering the characters, in particular the vigilante Rorschach and Doctor Manhattan’s reaction to being duped, but I won’t spoil that one in case you couldn’t help yourself and is reading this, because in my mind, the Rorschach stuff is actually much more devastating than Ozymandias’ main plot. Likewise the Doctor Manhattan stuff.

But wait, there’s more! What if this is all one big hoax by Zack Snyder? What if the “test ending” of the “Watchmen” that was shown was, in fact, a big red herring by Snyder, and that the ending itself is intact? Says one IMDB.com commentator:

You may notice the guy claims the movie ends at Karnak, without the pivotal scene of Rorschach’s journal at the New Frontiersman. This has people very distressed. However, I’m hearing this scene was in the movie and the guy just forgot to mention it or thought it wasn’t important. Secondly, the exclusion of the squid goes against several months of rumors and inside information. Some are speculating Zack Snyder took a page from Ozymandias’s book and is one step ahead of us and tested a fake ending, knowing it would reach the Internet. So we should remain cautious about this.

Hmm, that seems mighty creative on Snyder’s part, if true. Then again, Snyder is a pretty creative guy, and he and Warner Bros. MUST know that any test screenings will surely reach the Internet sooner or later — usually sooner.

But then again, here’s what “Clerks” director Kevin Smith, who has seen “Watchmen” twice, said about the ending to Collider:

It’s a little different. While it is a slight departure, it actually makes sense in the context of the story because it brings the characters back into it. It kind of makes the movie more about them by the end of it because of the switch they made. I would never say that Alan Moore fucked it up or something. I love the ending of the Watchmen comic book, but I think this ending works just as well.

Yup. Sounds like they really did change the ending.

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  • mjflanagan

    What? How could you tell us that the movie ends differently and not tell us what happens to Rorschach? He’s everyone’s favorite. And what could be worse a worse fate for him than being blown up by Dr. Manhattan. I think it’s a cheap trick to mention that and not follow through. He’s everyone’s favorite, you gotta tell us.

    • dr. madhatter

      definatly, i agree totaly. btw, where could i buy fabric to make a rorschach mask?

  • mjflanagan

    What? How could you tell us that the movie ends differently and not tell us what happens to Rorschach? He’s everyone’s favorite. And what could be worse a worse fate for him than being blown up by Dr. Manhattan. I think it’s a cheap trick to mention that and not follow through. He’s everyone’s favorite, you gotta tell us.

    • dr. madhatter

      definatly, i agree totaly. btw, where could i buy fabric to make a rorschach mask?

  • Hurm…

    I second that. Let us know.

  • Hurm…

    I second that. Let us know.

  • Dannie

    saw watchmen last night. the alternate ending is true. the whole movie is just like the book except for this part

  • Dannie

    saw watchmen last night. the alternate ending is true. the whole movie is just like the book except for this part

  • Scorpio

    Spoilers
    I was about to see the movie when i heard about this on the net i immediately canceled any plans of seeing the film.

    This new ending ruins the film because:

    1. Dr Manhattan is blamed and instead of killing Viedt he kills Rosarch
    2. Because Dr Manhattan is framed the world unites against Dr Manhattan and everyone who supported him meaning those who helped him in the first place namely the army and scientist.

    • Doc Karl

      Did you read the book?
      You said you don’t want to see the movie because they changed it to Doc killing Rorsach instead of Viedt? HE DID KILL RORSHACH IN THE BOOK TWIT! He blew him up outside Karnak. He doesn’t kill Viedt, never did. He reminds Adrian Viedt of the temporary nature of all things and leaves him to ponder that.
      Amazing how you can get all indignant and refuse to see the movie based on a facet of the story you didn’t even understand.

      • Scorpio

        I did read the book and i know in the book Rosarch dies the same way he does in the film i am saying surely it would me more logical for Dr Manhattan to kill Ozymandias because he framed him for the crimes.

        I also know he never killed Viedt although in this film he should have because it leaves a possible route to a sequel because Dr Manhattan may want to return. In the comics he excluded himself because he was alone and distant from humanity and didn’t want to make things seem like he played a part in the Alien attack he also had a word with Viedt before he leaves however in this film he leaves because he is angry at Viedt and himself because he knows there are people who would use his powers for there own evil means.

        Okay, Solved. No need for more arguements. Although i must say i really liked the idea of a fake enemy (The squid) rather than a real enemy (Dr Manhattan)

  • Scorpio

    Spoilers
    I was about to see the movie when i heard about this on the net i immediately canceled any plans of seeing the film.

    This new ending ruins the film because:

    1. Dr Manhattan is blamed and instead of killing Viedt he kills Rosarch
    2. Because Dr Manhattan is framed the world unites against Dr Manhattan and everyone who supported him meaning those who helped him in the first place namely the army and scientist.

    • Doc Karl

      Did you read the book?
      You said you don’t want to see the movie because they changed it to Doc killing Rorsach instead of Viedt? HE DID KILL RORSHACH IN THE BOOK TWIT! He blew him up outside Karnak. He doesn’t kill Viedt, never did. He reminds Adrian Viedt of the temporary nature of all things and leaves him to ponder that.
      Amazing how you can get all indignant and refuse to see the movie based on a facet of the story you didn’t even understand.

      • Scorpio

        I did read the book and i know in the book Rosarch dies the same way he does in the film i am saying surely it would me more logical for Dr Manhattan to kill Ozymandias because he framed him for the crimes.

        I also know he never killed Viedt although in this film he should have because it leaves a possible route to a sequel because Dr Manhattan may want to return. In the comics he excluded himself because he was alone and distant from humanity and didn’t want to make things seem like he played a part in the Alien attack he also had a word with Viedt before he leaves however in this film he leaves because he is angry at Viedt and himself because he knows there are people who would use his powers for there own evil means.

        Okay, Solved. No need for more arguements. Although i must say i really liked the idea of a fake enemy (The squid) rather than a real enemy (Dr Manhattan)

  • Geniusatwork

    I agree that the squid was kind of out there, when I read the comic.
    But since it was a comic that I was reading, I thought it worked fine.
    My concern for the movie was how they would handle this as the squid, no matter how well it was crafted, would look ridiculous on the screen.

    That being said, I found the ending in the movie much more satisfying than the book itself. Don’t get me wrong. The book is amazing.
    What grabbed me in the movie was the comparisons of Dr. Manhattan to
    God and that the reason, in the end, the earth’s people weren’t annihilated was essentially because of the fear of Dr. Manhattan
    (i.e. the Fear of God). I’m not a particularly religious person but
    damn if that doesn’t sound like a perfectly legitimate reason for us
    not to blow the hell out of each other.

  • Geniusatwork

    I agree that the squid was kind of out there, when I read the comic.
    But since it was a comic that I was reading, I thought it worked fine.
    My concern for the movie was how they would handle this as the squid, no matter how well it was crafted, would look ridiculous on the screen.

    That being said, I found the ending in the movie much more satisfying than the book itself. Don’t get me wrong. The book is amazing.
    What grabbed me in the movie was the comparisons of Dr. Manhattan to
    God and that the reason, in the end, the earth’s people weren’t annihilated was essentially because of the fear of Dr. Manhattan
    (i.e. the Fear of God). I’m not a particularly religious person but
    damn if that doesn’t sound like a perfectly legitimate reason for us
    not to blow the hell out of each other.