January 19, 2009


The Watchmen movie will come out in March after all. Warner gave in to Fox, and they settled the lawsuit. (via)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 12:53 PM | Comments (11) | Add Comment
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1 Thank goodness for that, though I can't say I'm really surprised.  This seems to be a regular occurrence with properties that take forever to adapt and go through multiple studios.  Often the studio in Fox's position brings up the claim before production begins, which effectively kills the production... hence Fox waiting until the film was in the can before launching their lawsuit...  In any case, I'm just glad it'll be coming out on schedule.  It's a tough enough sell as it is without having to endure delayed release dates.

Posted by: Mark at January 19, 2009 02:58 PM (2cMUJ)

2 As long as they change the ending, I'm happy.


[exit pursued by a bear]

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 19, 2009 05:18 PM (PiXy!)

3 Not yet known, but I've seen hints that they did make some changes, which would have affected the ending.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 19, 2009 05:23 PM (+rSRq)

4 That will be entertaining.  There are some aspects of the original comic that don't thrill me - the ending being one of them - but if they've actually changed it in any significant way, O tempora!  O mores!*

* Fried eel in batter.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 19, 2009 06:07 PM (PiXy!)


What we do know for sure is that the whole "Tales of the Black Ships" business was cut out entirely. Probably all the characters near or around the newsstand are gone (such as the butch cab driver).

Rumor is that

But I expect that the final confrontation will still take place, and the same death(s). But that's just my guesses.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 19, 2009 06:46 PM (+rSRq)


I read the original Sam Hamm script a while back and the major difference was the ending.  They scrapped that script though... Spoiler ending below (again, this wasn't the script used for the movie)

I didn't care much for that ending, so I was glad when I heard they scrapped that script.  I'm a little anxious to see what they do to the ending though.

Posted by: Mark at January 19, 2009 09:00 PM (2cMUJ)

7 No kidding; that version totally undermines pretty much the entire story, vis a vis Veidt.

Posted by: metaphysician at January 19, 2009 09:10 PM (h4nEy)

8 The Japanese trailer has a lot of scenes in it that weren't from the comic, or were altered.  A lot of political stuff.  I think the reason they haven't been showing that trailer here is that they don't want the fans annoyed, so they've cherry-picked the scenes that are closest to the comic for the domestic trailer.
I had been really pleased with what I had seen so far, but the Japanese trailer gave me a sinking feeling.....

Posted by: Toren at January 19, 2009 10:07 PM (g1MXQ)

9 The first trailer, I have to say, was visually stunning.  It was the Watchmen come to life.

What that means for the movie?  Well, at least it will be pretty.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 19, 2009 11:14 PM (PiXy!)

10 Oh, yeah, the Japanese trailer definitely looks like a different movie.


Posted by: J Greely at January 20, 2009 07:25 AM (2XtN5)


Now, I've had no exposure to the graphic novel, so this is coming from someone completely outside the loop.

From what I've seen in both trailers (and given Japan's unique history), I'm not surprised they'd put more emphasis on the apparent alt-history and nuclear war aspects.

OTOH, the US has seen a recent run of fairly successful superhero movies, so of course they're going to put that front and center domestically.

Posted by: Will at January 20, 2009 07:58 AM (WnBa/)

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