Zack Snyder Confirms Alternate Watchmen Ending

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:



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  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    What a cop out. Everything I’ve seen from “Watchmen” so far has looked really cool. The costume changes work, and the actors look great in their respective roles. If Snyder can pull that off, why not the giant “squid” thing? Pretty half-assed if you ask me, Zack.

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    What a cop out. Everything I’ve seen from “Watchmen” so far has looked really cool. The costume changes work, and the actors look great in their respective roles. If Snyder can pull that off, why not the giant “squid” thing? Pretty half-assed if you ask me, Zack.

  • WL Rayburn

    I’m disappointed, as the main points for the Comedian losing his motivation at the thought of the “joke” and the unification of mankind against a common, truly alien foe, are unworkable with Dr. Manhattan somehow cast as the villain. 1) He’s unstoppable, duh, so uniting against him would be pointless 2) He was originally human, so rather than being so scary, he represents the ability to ascend to a higher form of being, 3) people have known about him for years, and 4) the idea that Dr. M is as or more threatening than an aggressive pan-dimensional race just doesn’t make sense.

    I understand that it can technically work “plot-wise” since Manhattan leaves earth at the end anyway, but other than the “oh, we must help the poor bombed city people” attitude, I’m just not seeing anything that would cause a lasting peace. If anything, you’d just get more opportunists and corruptions, ala Katrina. Maybe the sheer size of the devastation is supposed to set things back enough that people stop wanting to go to war, but that’s a band-aid at best compared to the more permanent “boogey man aliens are watching” threat.

  • WL Rayburn

    I’m disappointed, as the main points for the Comedian losing his motivation at the thought of the “joke” and the unification of mankind against a common, truly alien foe, are unworkable with Dr. Manhattan somehow cast as the villain. 1) He’s unstoppable, duh, so uniting against him would be pointless 2) He was originally human, so rather than being so scary, he represents the ability to ascend to a higher form of being, 3) people have known about him for years, and 4) the idea that Dr. M is as or more threatening than an aggressive pan-dimensional race just doesn’t make sense.

    I understand that it can technically work “plot-wise” since Manhattan leaves earth at the end anyway, but other than the “oh, we must help the poor bombed city people” attitude, I’m just not seeing anything that would cause a lasting peace. If anything, you’d just get more opportunists and corruptions, ala Katrina. Maybe the sheer size of the devastation is supposed to set things back enough that people stop wanting to go to war, but that’s a band-aid at best compared to the more permanent “boogey man aliens are watching” threat.

  • Scott

    I don’t mind that they switch the squid out for Dr. Manhattan style explosions; the Squid was the one thing that seemed vastly incongruous in the book. Not even the Squid so much as the “massive release of psychic energy.” The first time I read that, I was taken aback. It just seems totally out of place in the Watchmen’s very realistic (other than Manhattan) world. However, I agree with Rayburn that casting Dr. Manhattan as the villain is a mistake. Is it confirmed that this is what will happen? If Ozymandias uses the explosions as evidence of alien attack, that would be entirely acceptable. However, Dr. M would be a bad choice.

  • Scott

    I don’t mind that they switch the squid out for Dr. Manhattan style explosions; the Squid was the one thing that seemed vastly incongruous in the book. Not even the Squid so much as the “massive release of psychic energy.” The first time I read that, I was taken aback. It just seems totally out of place in the Watchmen’s very realistic (other than Manhattan) world. However, I agree with Rayburn that casting Dr. Manhattan as the villain is a mistake. Is it confirmed that this is what will happen? If Ozymandias uses the explosions as evidence of alien attack, that would be entirely acceptable. However, Dr. M would be a bad choice.

  • James

    I agree that it does raise the question of what about this “new” ending is really itimidating to the Comedian. But, Ozzymandias does make the remark in the comic book about the Comedian being a soldier uncovering a plot that would put an end to all war. (or something like that)

    Plus this ending solution also gives a little more meaning to the end where Dr. M, tells Ozzy, “In the end, nothing really ever ends.” (i may have messed that up too)

  • James

    I agree that it does raise the question of what about this “new” ending is really itimidating to the Comedian. But, Ozzymandias does make the remark in the comic book about the Comedian being a soldier uncovering a plot that would put an end to all war. (or something like that)

    Plus this ending solution also gives a little more meaning to the end where Dr. M, tells Ozzy, “In the end, nothing really ever ends.” (i may have messed that up too)

  • Calliope

    Oh, you’re fucking kidding.

    I simply cannot abide Doctor Manhattan and his “certain energy signature” as the big enemy. No, No, No. That’s beyond wrong, wrong, wrong.

    The squid acted as an alien invader, which was Ozymandias’ whole point: alien forces attack Earth, therefore Earth must unite. Doctor Manhattan is not an alien force, as the whole world has accepted his existence. You can’t unify a people against something they already know exists, regardless of the extent of the damage.

    The familiar doesn’t inspire any unity, whereas the unfamiliar does. If one kid is allergic to peanut butter in a class, does the whole class abandon peanut butter? No. Peanut butter is familiar, therefore there is no need to unify against the legume, despite any damage it may have caused. One kid allergic to a KiwiBananaOrange, does the whole class abandon it? Yes. It’s an unusual thing to be allergic to peanut butter, as peanut butter is a staple of everyday life now, much like Doctor Manhattan in the alternative 1985. However, if something unfamiliar inflicts damage, there is unity against it. Doctor Manhattan becoming the “enemy” wouldn’t unify the world, simply because people are accustomed to him in that time and place.

    It just doesn’t work, and totally negates the purpose of Watchmen, whether it’s intentional or not (the negation). Yes, Doctor Manhattan was bigger than all of them, but he cannot unify the world by violent and deadly means. Doctor Manhattan is like peanut butter, a gun, or a tub full of bath water, a staple of life that can be deadly on occasion but doesn’t inspire unity for the losses it may cause. People still eat pb & j, fire bullets and bathe regularly, despite any negative consequences. In a world where Doctor Manhattan is accepted as a fact of life, what is there to say violent actions attributed to him would cause global unity?

    What the fuck happened to my movie?

    • deathbystoning

      People unite against people or other earthly things all the time. If there is a threat and it can’t be handled by a single person this is where power in numbers comes into play. When that happens ppl begin to squad up to increase their chances of getting rid of the threat. It doesn’t have to be an alien threat for people to want to unite against it.

      Dr Manhattan is like a god with unbelievably destructive powers. If people were tricked into believing that he caused a massive explosion which killed millions then I can see them viewing him as a huge threat. That threat is what would cause people to unite against the threat whether he was born on earth or in another galaxy or even if he was a psychic alien squid.

      They probably wouldn’t stand much chance at all if Dr Manhattan did want to go up against everyone. But due to the perceived threat of extinction I can see how people would want to band together and at least try to survive.

      All in all, I think the way the movie turned out was way more believable than a random giant alien psychic squid attacking the earth.

      Now I have to go eat a freaking pbj sandwich. Thanks

  • Calliope

    Oh, you’re fucking kidding.

    I simply cannot abide Doctor Manhattan and his “certain energy signature” as the big enemy. No, No, No. That’s beyond wrong, wrong, wrong.

    The squid acted as an alien invader, which was Ozymandias’ whole point: alien forces attack Earth, therefore Earth must unite. Doctor Manhattan is not an alien force, as the whole world has accepted his existence. You can’t unify a people against something they already know exists, regardless of the extent of the damage.

    The familiar doesn’t inspire any unity, whereas the unfamiliar does. If one kid is allergic to peanut butter in a class, does the whole class abandon peanut butter? No. Peanut butter is familiar, therefore there is no need to unify against the legume, despite any damage it may have caused. One kid allergic to a KiwiBananaOrange, does the whole class abandon it? Yes. It’s an unusual thing to be allergic to peanut butter, as peanut butter is a staple of everyday life now, much like Doctor Manhattan in the alternative 1985. However, if something unfamiliar inflicts damage, there is unity against it. Doctor Manhattan becoming the “enemy” wouldn’t unify the world, simply because people are accustomed to him in that time and place.

    It just doesn’t work, and totally negates the purpose of Watchmen, whether it’s intentional or not (the negation). Yes, Doctor Manhattan was bigger than all of them, but he cannot unify the world by violent and deadly means. Doctor Manhattan is like peanut butter, a gun, or a tub full of bath water, a staple of life that can be deadly on occasion but doesn’t inspire unity for the losses it may cause. People still eat pb & j, fire bullets and bathe regularly, despite any negative consequences. In a world where Doctor Manhattan is accepted as a fact of life, what is there to say violent actions attributed to him would cause global unity?

    What the fuck happened to my movie?