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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  • cp

    I agree, the squid would have been hard to pull off in a movie…still, I believe an alien invasion hoax of some kind still would have been more logical than the ending they used.

    Let me explain: During the scene where Veidt has the meeting with the heads of the auto industry (you know, the scene where Lee Iacocca gets capped), Adrian explains his believe that war is propagated due to the lack of renewable cheap/free energy sources. OK, I’ll buy that….but if Veidt DOES have the energy tech available to him, even if it’s not quite perfected, doesn’t it make more sense to start rolling out that technology to stem the tides of war? Rather than option b) murdering millions of innocents. Veidt was never an overly violent man during his time as a crime-fighter (unlike Rorshach), and I think, given his character, he would have used the Dr. Manhattan gambit ONLY as a last resort. Lets face it, if that thing could produce enough energy to wipe out that many cities, it surely could be used to simply provide power to those cities and more.

    I suppose they changed the ending from the original ‘Alien Invasion’ hoax to simplify the plot, and keep running time shorter. After all, they would have had to build up the whole thing about the missing writers and artists, etc. But for my money, I would have preferred a 4 hour Watchmen movie that kept the original ending from the graphic novel.

    That said, all in all, I was impressed with the movie, and how faithfully they adapted it (‘cept for the ending).

    • OJW

      I think he didn’t roll it out, purely because he needed a way of regulating it in case it was used for weapons, and then you have a similar cold war scenario. The world thinks one nation has the ultimate of all technologies, and so they all point nukes at that country or that allied front.

  • cp

    I agree, the squid would have been hard to pull off in a movie…still, I believe an alien invasion hoax of some kind still would have been more logical than the ending they used.

    Let me explain: During the scene where Veidt has the meeting with the heads of the auto industry (you know, the scene where Lee Iacocca gets capped), Adrian explains his believe that war is propagated due to the lack of renewable cheap/free energy sources. OK, I’ll buy that….but if Veidt DOES have the energy tech available to him, even if it’s not quite perfected, doesn’t it make more sense to start rolling out that technology to stem the tides of war? Rather than option b) murdering millions of innocents. Veidt was never an overly violent man during his time as a crime-fighter (unlike Rorshach), and I think, given his character, he would have used the Dr. Manhattan gambit ONLY as a last resort. Lets face it, if that thing could produce enough energy to wipe out that many cities, it surely could be used to simply provide power to those cities and more.

    I suppose they changed the ending from the original ‘Alien Invasion’ hoax to simplify the plot, and keep running time shorter. After all, they would have had to build up the whole thing about the missing writers and artists, etc. But for my money, I would have preferred a 4 hour Watchmen movie that kept the original ending from the graphic novel.

    That said, all in all, I was impressed with the movie, and how faithfully they adapted it (‘cept for the ending).

    • OJW

      I think he didn’t roll it out, purely because he needed a way of regulating it in case it was used for weapons, and then you have a similar cold war scenario. The world thinks one nation has the ultimate of all technologies, and so they all point nukes at that country or that allied front.

  • roadwork

    Supposedly there will be an over 4 hour long DVD released in late summer/early fall that will include animated cuts of Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood.

  • http://none roadwork

    Supposedly there will be an over 4 hour long DVD released in late summer/early fall that will include animated cuts of Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood.

  • Peter

    Personally I liked the different ending, even though I loved the book. The fact is if they made the movie exactly like the book it wouldn’t have translated perfectly, wouldn’t have made any money, and would never have been made in the first place. If they had to change the ending to make ‘the unfilmable comic book’ filmable, then I think they did it as much justice as possible…

    My one issue is that because there is nothing in the plot concerning all the genetic research Veidt did to create the squid, I have to keep explaining to friends what the funky cat at the end of the movie is…

  • Peter

    Personally I liked the different ending, even though I loved the book. The fact is if they made the movie exactly like the book it wouldn’t have translated perfectly, wouldn’t have made any money, and would never have been made in the first place. If they had to change the ending to make ‘the unfilmable comic book’ filmable, then I think they did it as much justice as possible…

    My one issue is that because there is nothing in the plot concerning all the genetic research Veidt did to create the squid, I have to keep explaining to friends what the funky cat at the end of the movie is…

  • gungasquilly

    i agree. should have left the cat out. no pun intended. it just creates unnecessary confusion near the end of a movie (story) that requires a great deal of attention anyway.

  • gungasquilly

    i agree. should have left the cat out. no pun intended. it just creates unnecessary confusion near the end of a movie (story) that requires a great deal of attention anyway.

  • TimeDial

    The whole film was the most creative plot and artisticallly executed movie I’ve seen nearly. Definately a top five for me. The changed ending or whatever (never read the book) is superb. I love Roshack and hated his fate. Dr. Manhatten, though a well thought out, “physics style”, almost nihilistic character is a prick. I hope he does leave the galaxy and never finds his way back. They should make a Kubrick style film of his demise out in deep space, getting lost, tortured by ETs, and depressed to the point of extincting other life forms out there. What do yall think? totalrift@gmail.com….