I’m not sure how much of a SPOILER tag or warning I should put with this post, since if you’re trolling the Internet looking for movie news, I’m inclined to believe you don’t care about stumbling across spoilers. But just in case, I’m going to tell you to STEER CLEAR of this post if you don’t want to know the ending of Zack Snyder’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” comic book, because this post will tell you exactly that. At this point, this is no longer a rumor, because Zack Snyder himself has come out and confirmed everything that was previously reported here. Once again, this is your last chance to turn back…
Okay, so you’re still here. Read on, then.
In an interview with Dark Horizon, director Zack Snyder has confirmed that the original graphic novel’s squid-heavy ending has been replaced with one that used nuclear detonations instead, and that there is only one ending, and not the multiple ending that some have theorized.
A few online fanboys have been disappointed by reports from the test screening of the changed ending. Specifically a key moment in the graphic novel revolves around the disastrous repercussions of a ‘giant alien squid’ being teleported into New York City, an event that is changed in the movie (there’s still a disaster but no squid). Snyder says “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.” He does admit that the ending scenes with the main characters remain, as does the ‘moral imperative’ of the comic’s ending.
What about talk he did some ‘squid’ stuff in pre-production? “Well… I don’t want to say yes or no (laughs). 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.” Was that solution multiple atomic explosions as some have said? “I won’t say exactly but… Dr. Manhattan has a certain energy signature, it’s clearly his thing…so you know.” He also shot down reports of multiple endings – they only filmed the one.
So there you go. From the man himself — the squid with the psychic brain is gone, and there is only the one ending. Basically, no one had been able to fit the squid into the movie scripts, probably because, well, it was kind of a stupid idea in the first place. Sorry, Alan Moore, you’re a genius and junk, but sometimes you’re pretty wacky, you gotta admit.
Anyways, here’s something else: according to Snyder, his version of “Watchmen” will run 2 hours 42 minutes including credits. Wow. That’s a long time, but I’m guessing The Powers That Be didn’t demand Snyder cut it down because of the success of Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, which ran nearly as long and still made a gazillion bucks at the box office.
In any case, here’s a new poster for “Watchmen” that was just released, featuring everyone’s favorite happy-go-lucky vigilante, Rorschach: