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Watchmen
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Cover art for the 1987 U.S. (left) and 1995 U.S./UK/Canada (right) collected editions of Watchmen, published by DC Comics and Titan Books.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Publication date September 1986 – October 1987
Number of issues 12
Creative team
Writer(s) Alan Moore
Artist(s) Dave Gibbons
Letterer(s) Dave Gibbons
Colorist(s) John Higgins
Editor(s) Len Wein
Barbara Kesel
Collected editions
Softcover ISBN 0930289234
Softcover (International edition) ISBN 9781401222666
Hardcover ISBN 9781401219260
Absolute Watchmen ISBN 1401207138
.Watchmen is a twelve-issue comic book limited series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins.^ This year sees the 20th anniversary of the publication of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

^ Mar 6th, 2009 BETOMACHADO.COM » Archive » Alan Moore wanted Schwarzenegger to play Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen – Mar 10th, 2009 .

^ DG: Well, I’ll have a schnoozle then… SW: The thing that I think distinguishes Watchmen from other comics is that the series holds together more like a novel.

The series was published by DC Comics during 1986 and 1987, and has been subsequently reprinted into collected form. Watchmen originated from a story proposal Moore submitted to DC featuring superhero characters that the company had acquired from Charlton Comics. .As Moore's proposed story would have left many of the characters unusable for future stories, managing editor Dick Giordano convinced the writer to create original characters instead.^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ The characters were almost unrecognizeable and this script affords the original story almost no respect at all.
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^ No, you still have the source material and you would have a cinematic interpretation of a fantastic story and brilliant characters.
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Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept. Watchmen takes place on an alternate history Earth where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, helping the United States to win the Vietnam War. The country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most costumed superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. .The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement.^ The film opens with the murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), an aging superhero long since retired.
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^ Sally reaches into a drawer and pulls out the old photo of the Watchmen, the same one with Blake and Hollis Mason in it.
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and eventually leads them to confront a plot to stave off nuclear war by killing millions of people.
Creatively, the focus of Watchmen is on its structure. Gibbons used a nine-panel grid layout throughout the series and added recurring symbols such as a blood-stained smiley. .All but the last issue feature supplemental fictional documents that add to the series' backstory, and the narrative is intertwined with that of another story, a fictional pirate comic titled Tales of the Black Freighter, which one of the characters reads.^ Most interesting thing: I had no idea that Alan Moore was inspired by Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" for the Black Freighter, a song which, when you hear it, quite simply IS The Black Freighter.
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^ And if you really read the comic you would know that there is tons of viable material at the end of each issue in normal non illustrated prose form that a'la LOST (which counts Watchmen as an influence)could add even more depth to the story.
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^ SW: All the way through it you’re waiting to hear the tale of the Black Freighter even though you even get told the ending before the ending in one of your appendixes.

.The graphic novel skips through space, time and plot, classifiying itself as a true nonlinear narrative.^ Mainly because Snyder and writers kept the intention and spirit of the graphic novel, despite having made all those plot changes.
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^ I think the major strength in it, is the performances of Weaving and Portman, and the script capturing at least some of the major plot points of the graphic novel to an adequate degree.
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^ I can see people who haven't read the graphic novel having a hard time understanding the film, would I be wrong in that assumption?
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Watchmen has received critical acclaim both in the comics and mainstream press, and is regarded by critics as a seminal text of the comics medium. After a number of attempts to adapt the series into a feature film, director Zack Snyder's Watchmen was released in 2009.

Contents

Background and creation

."I suppose I was just thinking, 'That'd be a good way to start a comic book: have a famous super-hero found dead.'^ Well, comic book heroism, that is.
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^ With so many great comics out there you think that they'd just pick a different one to make.
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^ Frankly, Mori, if you think the totally compromised and cowardly V movie was a decent adaptation then you just didn't get the book.
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.As the mystery unraveled, we would be led deeper and deeper into the real heart of this super-hero's world, and show a reality that was very different to the general public image of the super-hero."^ I haven't gotten very far into the book yet, so I wasn't sure if she showed up more or not.
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^ I don't think I would make a good super hero because I'm not the transcendent type.
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^ To me, the major difference comes in how the 'super heroism' is treated.
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Alan Moore on the basis for Watchmen[1]
In 1985, DC Comics acquired a line of characters from Charlton Comics.[2] .During that period, writer Alan Moore contemplated writing a story featuring an unused line of superheroes that he could revamp, as he had done in his Miracleman series in the early 1980s.^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ And maybe just maybe you could invite Alan Moore to pull his head out of his ass and help on a series adding things to make it work for television rather than cutting it for film.
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^ I love Alan Moore's writing, but he sure does seem like a primadonna when it comes to his comics being optioned as movies.
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.Moore reasoned that MLJ Comics' Mighty Crusaders might be available for such a project, so he devised a murder mystery plot which would begin with the discovery of the body of The Shield in a harbor.^ If I was going to be a hero, the reason I’d want to be one is probably as a response to the comics I read as a kid, and I would feel that I had to have a utility belt.

.The writer felt it did not matter which set of characters he ultimately used, as long as readers recognized them "so it would have the shock and surprise value when you saw what the reality of these characters was".[1] Moore used this premise and crafted a proposal featuring the Charlton characters titled Who Killed the Peacemaker,[3] and submitted the unsolicited proposal to DC managing editor Dick Giordano.^ You know what would be really exciting?
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^ I found really breathless because you were getting through so much in that one issue but 12 was everything I could’ve hoped it would be.

^ DG: You begin to wonder, I mean we used to have these extensive phone calls and discuss the latest set of coincidences and we began to think: Are we just imagining all these coincidences?

[2] .Giordano was receptive to the proposal, but the editor opposed the idea of using the Charlton characters for the story.^ The fact is that fans like the idea of being able to influence their favorite characters and stories as they head for the big screen.
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^ It seems to me that a 12 part series used as a medium to adapt a 12 part series is a good idea (especially given the complexities of the characters and opportunities for historical development this would allow, as opposed to a 2 or 3 hour movie).
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.Moore said, "DC realized their expensive characters would end up either dead or dysfunctional."^ In the end, I really think it would work best as a miniseries for HBO. Kerry Conran made an FX-heavy film on the cheap.
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^ Oh crud, I just realized you said Moore and not Snyder...
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^ The thing is that Moore's story is solid enough (like V) that you can lift that out of the book almost completely and it would adapt REALLY well to film.
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.Instead, Giordano persuaded Moore to rework his pitch to feature original characters.^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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[4] Moore had initially believed that original characters would not provide emotional resonance for the readers, but later changed his mind. .He said, "Eventually, I realized that if I wrote the substitute characters well enough, so that they seemed familiar in certain ways, certain aspects of them brought back a kind of generic super-hero resonance or familiarity to the reader, then it might work."^ Hugh Laurie be cast as Q is they decide to bring the character back.
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^ Really, I think you can only get away with that kind of length if your build UP the intensity and edit it to keep the narrative flowing fast enough so it SEEMS short.
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^ It distracted from seeing the characters more and just made them more fantasical and super-heroic and that I think was putting ON the mask than taking it off.
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[1]
Dave Gibbons, artist on Watchmen. Gibbons had a free hand in the design of the comic.
.Artist Dave Gibbons, who had collaborated with Moore on previous projects, heard the writer was working on a limited series treatment.^ "WATCHMEN" is the pinnacle of Moore's superhero work and to reduce it to a B-level effects film rather than an A-Level project would be a shame.
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^ This year sees the 20th anniversary of the publication of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

^ DG: One of the worst banes of a comic artist is working with a writer who doesn’t think through what he’s asking you to draw.

.The artist said he wanted to be involved, so Moore sent him the story outline.^ I think the Super Matrix Bros, just wanted a clever way to disguise their attack on the current American administration, and they found it in Moore's story.
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^ Ask him to tell Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' story and not David Hayter's.
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[5] Gibbons told Giordano he wanted to draw the series Moore proposed and Moore approved.[6] .Gibbons brought colorist John Higgins onto the project because he liked his "unusual" style; Higgins lived near the artist, which allowed the two to "discuss [the art] and have some kind of human contact rather than just sending it across the ocean".[3] Len Wein joined the project as its editor, while Giordano stayed on to oversee it.^ (CONT'D) Blake saw the true face of human kind and chose to become a parody of it, treated it like a joke.
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^ At the end, two big STEEL DOORS open, allowing a passage UP. DAN Let's have some cloud cover.
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^ He must have liked Rorschach because he allowed him to continue to exist.
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.Both Wein and Giordano stood back and "got out of their way"; Giordano remarked later, "Who copyedits Alan Moore, for God's sake?"^ You are taking me out of here because if you don't, and Jon does come back, I'm going to let him know who was naughty and who was nice.
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^ INT. ROCKEFELLER BASE - COMMUNICATIONS ROOM - NIGHT PULL OUT FROM: A SATELLITE IMAGE of MARS. NOISE filters back in, as TECHNICIANS buzz this way and that, desperate.
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^ Otherwise it would've been a rambling mess with a message that would've been lost on a large majority of moviegoers who, unfortunately, don't know who Alan Moore is (I know, heartbreaking).
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[2]
.After receiving the go-ahead to work on the project, Moore and Gibbons spent a day at the latter's house creating characters, crafting details for the story's milieu and discussing influences.^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ The fact is that fans like the idea of being able to influence their favorite characters and stories as they head for the big screen.
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^ That is due to the character archtypes of the Superman/Punisher/Batman but what makes it truly great is the details much of which come in the illustrated flashbacks and the side stories.
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[4] .The pair was particularly influenced by a Mad parody of Superman named "Superduperman"; Moore said, "We wanted to take Superduperman 180 degrees—dramatic, instead of comedic".[4] Moore and Gibbons conceived of a story that would take "familiar old-fashioned superheroes into a completely new realm";[7] the writer said his intention was to create "a superhero Moby Dick; something that had that sort of weight, that sort of density".[8] The writer came up with the character names and descriptions, but left the specifics of how they looked to Gibbons.^ Much of the appeal of the book also comes not from the characters but from the ideas that Moore explores and the clever formal games he plays with the comics medium, neither of which really translate to the movie...I also think Zack Snyder definitely upped the fetishization of violence and superheroic power from the book, which in interviews he's said is meant to be intentionally problematic and to make us question our enjoyment of those sorts of scenes, but I don't think he really succeeds in this respect.
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^ If you haven't seen what they're up to yet, and you don't know what they've done with the adaptation, and you haven't seen one image or design or indication of the look or feel, how can you make such a grand sweeping pronouncement?
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^ Let's face it, none of the older Bond's hold a candle to what they acheived with Casino Royale and Craig's truly superb take on Bond and how they revitalised this character and made a truly excellent movie out of it.
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.Gibbons did not sit down and design the characters deliberately, but rather "did it at odd times ...^ "V for Vendetta" may not have been definitive but it did capture the essence of the book and is rather subversive for these times.
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spend[ing] maybe two or three weeks just doing sketches."[3] .Gibbons designed his characters to make them easy to draw; Rorschach was his favorite to draw because "you just have to draw a hat.^ With so many great comics out there you think that they'd just pick a different one to make.
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^ You can't translate that to film, and it wouldn't make sense to do so, because once you pull that stuff off the page, it won't work--it's comics using comics conventions to comment on comics.
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^ Seriously, just because you deliver the pizzas doesn't mean it counts as getting out of the house.
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.If you can draw a hat, then you’ve drawn Rorschach, you just draw kind of a shape for his face and put some black blobs on it and you’re done."^ I'm just glad you're okay.
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^ RORSCHACH You're joking, of course.
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^ Morally, you're in checkmate, just like the Comedian was.
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[9]
Moore began writing the series very early on, hoping to avoid publication delays such as those faced by the DC limited series Camelot 3000.[10] .When writing the script for the first issue, Moore said he realized "I only had enough plot for six issues.^ However, the economy and efficiency and depth of writing necessary to even suggest this in a script while compressing and compositing the myriad plot points so that the director has a proper foundation for the film is...
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^ That Moore read the Hayter's script and said it was the best adaptation conceivable.
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^ Oh crud, I just realized you said Moore and not Snyder...
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We were contracted for 12!" His solution was to alternate issues that dealt with the overall plot of the series with origin issues for the characters.[11] .Moore wrote very detailed scripts for Gibbons to work from.^ Last time someone said Moore was happy with a script was Joel Silver and look how well that worked out.
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.Gibbons recalled that "[t]he script for the first issue of Watchmen was, I think, 101 pages of typescript—single-spaced—with no gaps between the individual panel descriptions or, indeed, even between the pages."^ Here’s an example in No 11 where the first panel is a blank panel of snow, and if you look at the last page of No 2 you’ve got a blank panel on the other side, which is the red of the funeral roses and you think that’s really clever that.

^ Read the first page *alone* and tell me that even that one page could be adapted into any other medium and retain it's beauty and interlacing meanings.
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^ DG: The most blatant rip off I’ve seen of Watchmen is on the splash page of the latest Superpowers Series , No 2.

[12] .Upon receiving the scripts, the artist had to number each page "in case I drop them on the floor, because it would take me two days to put them back in the right order", and used a highlighter pen to single out lettering and shot descriptions; he remarked, "It takes quite a bit of organizing before you can actually put pen to paper."^ I found really breathless because you were getting through so much in that one issue but 12 was everything I could’ve hoped it would be.

^ But you don’t go beck to the same moment as before you jump back a few seconds.

^ That fool put my cousin in a WHEELCHAIR GANG MEMBER 2 You say Nite Owl broke him out?
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[12] .Despite Moore's detailed scripts, his panel descriptions would often end with the note "If that doesn’t work for you, do what works best"; Gibbons nevertheless worked to Moore's instructions.^ In the end, I really think it would work best as a miniseries for HBO. Kerry Conran made an FX-heavy film on the cheap.
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^ That Moore read the Hayter's script and said it was the best adaptation conceivable.
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^ You think film is a medium capable of presenting Moore's work...
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[13] .Gibbons had a great deal of autonomy in developing the visual look of Watchmen, and frequently inserted background details that Moore admitted he did not notice until later.^ I'm not saying i dont like that, i think its worked great for him on his past 2 projects and looks to be working again on United 93, but Watchmen needed to feel a bit steadier, i think.
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^ Why did Alan Moore write the Watchmen?
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[8] Moore occasionally contacted fellow comics writer Neil Gaiman for answers to research questions and for quotes to include in issues.[11]
.Despite his intentions, Moore admitted in November 1986 that there were likely to be delays, stating that he was, with issue #5 on the stands, still writing issue nine.^ There is a lot of social commentary, Moore likes to cover a lot of things all at once.
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[12] Gibbons mentioned that a major factor in the delays was the "piecemeal way" in which he received Moore's scripts. .Gibbons said the team's pace slowed around the fourth issue; from that point onwards the two undertook their work "just several pages at a time.^ (CONTINUED) 28 CONTINUED: (2) SALLY That leaves just two of the old team left.
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^ Hell, at this point, Snyder's just in talks to direct, and he's still got a year of work to do before 300 is ready for theaters.
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.I'll get three pages of script from Alan and draw it and then toward the end, call him up and say, 'Feed me!'^ A SHADOW FALLS OVER HIM. He looks up to see a THREE PIECE SUIT floating before him-- waiting for its wearer.
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And he'll send another two or three pages or maybe one page or sometimes six pages."[14] As the creators began to hit deadlines, Moore would hire a taxi driver to drive 50 miles and deliver scripts to Gibbons. On later issues the artist had his wife and son draw panel grids on pages to help save time.[11] .Moore even shortened one of Ozymandias' narrations, because Gibbons was unable to compress the dialogue on to one page where Ozymandias prevents a sneak attack by Rorschach.^ Read the first page *alone* and tell me that even that one page could be adapted into any other medium and retain it's beauty and interlacing meanings.
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^ Then I start thinking is thsi gonna be another Daredevil or another X-Men 2 (I still contend that the first one sucked, even knowing that it had to be because of the introduction of characters blah-blah-blah).
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[15]
.Near the end of the project, Moore realized that the story bore some similarity to "The Architects of Fear," an episode of The Outer Limits television series.^ The thing is that Moore's story is solid enough (like V) that you can lift that out of the book almost completely and it would adapt REALLY well to film.
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[11] .The writer and Wein argued over changing the ending; Moore won, but acknowledged the episode by referencing it in the series' last issue.^ Yes, asshole, I "really read the comic," and I acknowledged the "non-illustrated prose" that accompanies the end of each issue.
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Story

Watchmen is set in an alternate reality which closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s. The primary difference is the presence of superheroes. The point of divergence occurs in the year 1938. Their existence in this iteration of America is shown to have dramatically affected and altered the outcomes of real-world events such as the Vietnam War and the presidency of Richard Nixon.[16] .In keeping with the realism of the series, although the costumed crimefighters of Watchmen are commonly called "superheroes", the only character who possesses obvious superhuman powers is Doctor Manhattan.^ Underneath is a photo of Blake dressed in the costume Rorschach was staring at--Blake was a superhero called the Comedian.
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^ The blue cock is NOT what's really going to keep me from allowing my 9 year old son from seeing Watchmen .
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^ Why even call this movie WATCHMEN? Give the characters new names and tell your story.
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[17] The existence of Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which has increased tensions between the two nations. Eventually, superheroes grow unpopular among the police and the public, which has led to the passage of legislation in 1977 to outlaw them. .While many of the heroes retired, Doctor Manhattan and The Comedian operate as government-sanctioned agents, and Rorschach continues to operate outside the law.^ The Comedian’s death kicks off the main plot when his murder is investigated by Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), a hero living outside the law who wears a mask with constantly changing inkblot patterns.
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Plot

.In October 1985, New York City police are investigating the murder of Edward Blake.^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY AIRSPACE - NIGHT The Owl-Ship emerges from the subway tunnel .
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^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY - NIGHT We move down the beautifully lit New York city skyline, passing the Brooklyn Bridge .
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^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY AIRSPACE - NIGHT The Owl-Ship WEAVES around the buildings, trying to shake the copters .
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.With the police having no leads, costumed vigilante Rorschach decides to probe further.^ CONTINUED: ANCHORWOMAN Today, police searched the apartment of Walter Kovacs, better known as the masked vigilante Rorschach.
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.Discovering Blake to be the face behind The Comedian, a costumed hero employed by the United States government, Rorschach believes he has discovered a plot to terminate costumed adventurers and sets about warning four of his retired comrades: Dan Dreiberg (formerly the second Nite Owl), the superpowered and emotionally detached Doctor Manhattan and his lover Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre), and Adrian Veidt (once the hero Ozymandias, and now a successful businessman).^ It's a fake 1975 interview with Hollis Mason (the original Nite Owl) about his Behind The Mask book.
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^ Rorschach believes that someone is intentionally killing superheroes, so he sets out to warn the remaining Watchmen: Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode), revered as the smartest man alive, whose hero persona was Ozymandias and who’s now turned to private enterprise; Dan Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson), formerly the Nite Owl, who goes about his lonely life afraid of success and failure alike; and Laurie Jupiter (Malin Akerman), aka Silk Spectre, and Jon Osterman (Billy Crudup), aka Dr. Manhattan, still doing contract work for the government.
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^ (SPOILER TIME AT THE APOLLO)...Laurie and Jon's conversation on Mars when she discovers the truth about Comedian, the Veidt reveal, Rorschach's death along with the deaths of countless millions...those sequences should have carried the most dramatic weight but instead fall strangely flat.
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.After Blake's funeral, Doctor Manhattan is accused on national television of being the cause of cancer in friends and former colleagues.^ FUNERAL: Blake's coffin is carried past Adrian, Dan and Dr. Manhattan.
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^ Journalist who grilled Dr. Manhattan on national television.
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^ CONTINUED: (3) DR. MANHATTAN By your line of questioning, you're suggesting that I was the cause of cancer in these individuals.
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When the U.S. government takes the accusations seriously, Manhattan exiles himself to Mars. In doing so, he throws humanity into political turmoil, with the Soviet Union invading Afghanistan to capitalize on the perceived American weakness. Rorschach's paranoid beliefs appear vindicated when Adrian Veidt narrowly survives an assassination attempt, and Rorschach himself is framed for murdering Moloch, a former supervillain.
.Neglected in her relationship, and no longer kept on retainer by the government, Juspeczyk stays with Dreiberg; they don their costumes and resume vigilante work as they grow closer together.^ Don't you see the futility of asking me to save a world that I no longer have any stake in?
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^ AICN can provide us the inside scoop on movies that WE have no influence on because we have to shut up and be positive so they will make more movies we don't like...
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.With Dreiberg starting to believe some aspects of Rorschach's conspiracy theory, the pair take it upon themselves to break him out of prison.^ RORSCHACH Out of prison.
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^ So you do believe Rorschach's theory.
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^ And breaking Rorschach out of prison certainly isn't the answer.
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Doctor Manhattan, after looking back on his own personal history, places the fate of his involvement with human affairs in Juspeczyk's hands. He teleports her to Mars to make the case for emotional investment. During the course of the argument, Juspeczyk is forced to come to terms with the fact that Blake, who once attempted to rape her mother, was in fact her biological father. .This discovery, reflecting the complexity of human emotions and relationships, re-sparks Doctor Manhattan's interest in humanity.^ DR. MANHATTAN 2 --but logically, not clouded with human emotion.
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.On Earth, Nite Owl and Rorschach continue to uncover the conspiracy surrounding the death of The Comedian and the accusations that drove Doctor Manhattan into exile.^ CONTINUED: Rorschach disappears into the dark hatch.
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^ INT. OWL-SHIP (MOVING) - CONTINUOUS LAURIE How are we going to find Rorschach in all of this?
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^ CONTINUED: (2) DR. MANHATTAN Rorschach, you know I can't let you do that.
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.They discover evidence that Adrian Veidt may be behind the plan.^ Of course, the fragments would likely have the Veidt logo on them and they'd track Adrian down and that'd be that.
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.Rorschach writes his suspicions about Veidt in his journal, and mails it to the New Frontiersman, a small, right-wing newspaper in New York.^ INT. THE NEW FRONTIERSMAN - EARLY MORNING The Editor walks in as Seymour goes through the mail.
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^ Why do you care about that right wing rag so much?
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The pair then confront Veidt at his Antarctic retreat. .Veidt explains his underlying plan is to save humanity from impending Atomic war between the United States and Soviet Union by faking an alien invasion in New York City, which will annihilate half the city's population.^ Nothing short of an alien attack on New York would unite the world.
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^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY AIRSPACE - NIGHT The Owl-Ship WEAVES around the buildings, trying to shake the copters .
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^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY AIRSPACE - NIGHT The Owl-Ship emerges from the subway tunnel .
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He hopes this will unite the nations against a perceived common enemy. He also reveals that he had murdered The Comedian, arranged for Dr. Manhattan's past associates to be diagnosed with cancer, staged the attempt on his own life in order to place himself above suspicion, and eventually staged Moloch's death to frame Rorschach. This was all done in an attempt to prevent his plan from being exposed. .Finding his logic callous and abhorrent, Dreiberg and Rorschach attempt to stop him but discover that Veidt had already enacted his plan.^ He COLLAPSES. Dan and Rorschach find them as Laurie approaches Adrian's body DAN Laurie, shoot him again!
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^ Rorschach mentioned Dan Dreiberg--we haven't seen him in years.
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^ RORSCHACH That doesn't explain the attempt on Veidt's life.
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When Doctor Manhattan and Juspeczyk arrive back on Earth, they are confronted by mass destruction and wide scale death in New York City. Doctor Manhattan notices his abilities are limited by tachyons emanating from the Antarctic, and the pair teleport there. .They discover Veidt's involvement and confront him.^ So we take him out of the equation, and all you have are the other heroes, and they had their confrontation in this film.
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.Veidt shows everyone news broadcasts confirming the cessation of global hostilities and cooperation against a new threat; this leads almost all present to agree that concealing Veidt's truth from the public is in the best interests of the world to keep it united.^ The Watchmen could draw in a wide demographic with all the generations that have read the book, maybe even lead to new subscribers.
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^ Or maybe its the new Veidt who, like the rest of the characters, bears almost no resemblence to the character in the comic.
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^ This commercial free broadcast is presented to you by Veidt Enterprises.
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Rorschach refuses to compromise and leaves, intent on revealing the truth. As he is making his way back, he is confronted by Manhattan. .Rorschach tells him that Manhattan will have to kill him to stop him from exposing Veidt and his actions, and Manhattan responds by vaporizing him.^ ASSISTANT Well, Mr. Veidt is very busy at the MOMENT-- DAN Just tell him I'm here.
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^ DAN Jon, stop him, he killed millions of people, who knows what else he'll do.
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.Manhattan then wanders through the base and finds Veidt, who asks Manhattan if he did the right thing in the end.^ I did the right thing.
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^ This review was beautiful, but I'm glad that they did things as right as possible.
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^ The people in Hollywood are a bunch of unoriginal sellouts who will turn anything into a film, regardless if it's a good idea: But those unoriginal sellouts did this bad idea right.
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.In response, Manhattan states that "Nothing ever ends" before leaving the Earth for a different galaxy.^ Manhattan leaving the earth and leaving the U.S. vulnerable to attack, Nixon still being president, Adrian's plan) end spoilers ...
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.Dreiberg and Juspeczyk go into hiding under new identities and continue their romance.^ CONTINUED: (2) CUT TO: Laurie, driving a FIST into a Thug's NOSE, when another Thug GRABS HER HAIR. NEWS HOST (V.0.
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.Back in New York, the editor at the New Frontiersman complains about having to pull a two page column about Russia due to the new political climate.^ We asked "New Frontiersman" editor, Hector Godfrey, for comment.
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^ WE PULL BACK: And find Seymour wears the shirt, eating a burger when the Editor bursts in.
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^ INT. THE NEW FRONTIERSMAN - EARLY MORNING The Editor walks in as Seymour goes through the mail.
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.He asks his assistant to find some filler material from the crank file, a collection of rejected submissions to the paper, many of which had not even been reviewed.^ Run whatever you like-- Seymour turns to the PILE of submissions known as the crank file, where RORSCHACH'S JOURNAL sits on top.
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.The series ends with the young man reaching towards the pile of discarded submissions, near the top of which is Rorschach's journal.^ Seymour tosses Rorschach's journal into a PILE OF LETTERS. EXT. GLASS PALACE - MARS - NIGHT Laurie's hair blows in the cold wind.
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^ Run whatever you like-- Seymour turns to the PILE of submissions known as the crank file, where RORSCHACH'S JOURNAL sits on top.
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Characters

The main characters of Watchmen (from left to right): Ozymandias, the second Silk Spectre, Doctor Manhattan, The Comedian (kneeling), the second Nite Owl, and Rorschach.
.With Watchmen, Alan Moore's intention was to create four or five "radically opposing ways" to perceive the world and to give readers of the story the privilege of determining which one was most morally comprehensible.^ Most interesting thing: I had no idea that Alan Moore was inspired by Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" for the Black Freighter, a song which, when you hear it, quite simply IS The Black Freighter.
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^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ I hope he's loved it for 20 years and that he's so intimate with the story that he can untie Alan Moore's Gordian knot and refasten it around the silver screen.
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.Moore did not believe in the notion of "[cramming] regurgitated morals" down the readers' throats and instead sought to show heroes in an ambivalent light.^ If the reader/viewer wanted to believe it worked, then it did.
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.Moore said, "What we wanted to do was show all of these people, warts and all.^ You mention Quatum of Solace and wanted to shit all over Roger Moore and mention Never Say Never Again, but the greatest Bond movie ever comes out and nothing?
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^ Snyder deserves credit just for being able to create a serviceable movie under these guidelines, but only time will tell if the extended is the masterpiece that we all want it to be.
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^ I'm just sick of hearing all these people say that it's the only way it can be done (although I'm not as convinced as you are that HBO's got the dinero to make it happen).
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.Show that even the worst of them had something going for them, and even the best of them had their flaws."^ Good, bad, worst movie ever, doesn't matter to me - I'm happy to have a reason to go to the movie theater again, to have something to look forward to seeing!
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[8]
.Edward Blake/The Comedian: One of two government-sanctioned heroes (along with Doctor Manhattan) who remains active after the Keene Act is passed in 1977 to ban superheroes.^ Underneath is a photo of Blake dressed in the costume Rorschach was staring at--Blake was a superhero called the Comedian.
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^ DR. MANHATTAN Yes, since he and I are the only two extranormal operatives currently employed by the government, I was informed.
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^ CONTINUED: ( 2) DAN On the surface it doesn't, but hear me out--Adrian's the only one who could've taken on the Comedian in hand to hand combat.
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.His murder, which occurs shortly before the first chapter begins, sets the plot of Watchmen in motion.^ The Comedian's death is basically a MacGuffin, it sets the plot in motion but the story ends up in a very different place.
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The character appears throughout the story in flashbacks and aspects of his personality are revealed by other characters.[18] The Comedian was based on the Charlton Comics character Peacemaker, with elements of the Marvel Comics spy character Nick Fury added. Moore and Gibbons saw The Comedian as "a kind of Gordon Liddy character, only a much bigger, tougher guy".[1] Richard Reynolds described The Comedian as "ruthless, cynical, and nihilistic, and yet capable of deeper insights than the others into the role of the costumed hero."[18] Although he attempted to rape the first Silk Spectre in the 1940s, issue nine reveals that years later he fathered her daughter Laurie as part of a consensual sexual relationship.
Dr. Jon Osterman/Doctor Manhattan: A superpowered being who is contracted by the United States government. .Scientist Jon Osterman gained power over matter when he was caught in an "Intrinsic Field Subtractor" in 1959. Doctor Manhattan was based upon Charlton's Captain Atom, who in Moore's original proposal was surrounded by the shadow of nuclear threat.^ DR. MANHATTAN (formerly Jon Osterman) for the very first time.
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^ And no matter how good an adaptation may be, there will always be people who will thouroghly hate it because i's not a word for word/image for image transcription of the original text.
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.However, the writer found he could do more with Manhattan as a "kind of a quantum super-hero" than he could have with Captain Atom.^ Yet somehow, I could watch it infinitely more times than I could ever watch 'PWZ' (probably because of simple interest in the main character).
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^ The 12 year old thing was a twist that could have been nothing more than a novelty in worse hands.
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^ I hope Zack's (assuming he snags the gig) writer does more than tinker with Hayter's script.
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[1] In contrast to other superheroes who lacked scientific exploration of their origins, Moore sought to delve into nuclear physics and quantum physics in constructing the character of Dr. Manhattan. The writer believed that a character living in a quantum universe would not perceive time with a linear perspective, which would influence the character's perception of human affairs. Moore also wanted to avoid creating an emotionless character like Spock from Star Trek, so he sought for Dr. Manhattan to retain "human habits" and to grow away from them and humanity in general.[8] .Gibbons had created the blue character Rogue Trooper, and explained he reused the blue skin motif for Doctor Manhattan as it resembles skin tonally, but has a different hue.^ CUT TO: Stock footage of DR. MANHATTAN--a man, at least he appears to be, who has glowing blue skin.
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^ The light from Dr. Manhattan's SKIN DARKENS to a DEEPER BLUE. DR. MANHATTAN Is this dark enough?
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.Moore incorporated the color into the story, and Gibbons noted the rest of the comic's color scheme made Manhattan unique.^ On that note, I think the Watchmen can be distilled into at least a two-and-a-half-hour film and leave much of the message and plotpoints of the story intact.
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^ Ask him to tell Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' story and not David Hayter's.
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[19] .Moore recalled that he was unsure if DC would allow the creators to depict the character as fully nude, which partially influenced how they portrayed the character.^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ The fact is that fans like the idea of being able to influence their favorite characters and stories as they head for the big screen.
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^ Gibbons and he, sold the rights to DC UNTIL they would stop printing it.
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[3] .Gibbons wanted to be tasteful in depicting Manhattan's nudity, selecting carefully when full frontal shots would occur and giving him "understated" genitals — like a classical sculpture — so the reader would not initially notice it.^ I thought they would bullshit that by giving Manhattan underwear, or blurring it out, but his glorious blue penis was onscreen.
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^ Manhattan's full frontal nude scenes were perfectly valid (be fair, if YOU had godlike powers you'd traipse around nekkid too).
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[20]
.Daniel Dreiberg/Nite Owl: A retired superhero who utilizes owl-themed gadgets.^ Tim Robbins for Nite Owl, he's got the stature of someone who could've been a superhero in his youth, and he's got the bookish look too.
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^ Nite-Owl/Daniel Dreiberg - Nicholas Cage(possibly) -- maybe even Phillip Seymour Hoffman , Kevin Spacey, Giamatti could do this also (LOVE the Cusack idea.
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Nite Owl was based on the Ted Kord version of the Blue Beetle. .Paralleling the way that Ted Kord had a predecessor, Moore also incorporated an earlier adventurer who used the name "Nite Owl," the retired crime fighter Hollis Mason, into Watchmen.^ It's a fake 1975 interview with Hollis Mason (the original Nite Owl) about his Behind The Mask book.
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^ Excuse me: "Nite Owl's rebirth as a hero to first see him as a USELESS older guy", not "useful".
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^ It added poignancy to Nite Owl's rebirth as a hero to first see him as a useful older guy in his basement, and then to see him transformed and getting back into the vigilante/hero life.
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[1] .While Moore devised character notes for Gibbons to work from, the artist provided a name and a costume design for Hollis Mason he had created when he was twelve.^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ Moore's genius alone could not have provided this in the hands of a less capable artist.
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[20] .Richard Reynolds noted in Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology that despite the character's Charlton roots, Nite Owl's modus operandi has more in common with the DC Comics character Batman.^ Making a comic adaption is easy when it's Batman or Spider-Man or any number of other characters hat have been re churned so many times since their inception.
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^ Excuse me: "Nite Owl's rebirth as a hero to first see him as a USELESS older guy", not "useful".
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^ Finally, we come to HOLLIS MASON (aka Nite Owl), 70s, though his eyes sparkle with strength and his face still shows the edges of a born hero.
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[21] According to Klock, his civilian form "visually suggests an impotent, middle-aged Clark Kent."[22]
.Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias: Drawing inspiration from Alexander the Great, Veidt was once the superhero Ozymandias, but has since retired to devote his attention to the running of his own enterprises.^ The film opens with the murder of the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), an aging superhero long since retired.
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^ INT. VEIDT ENTERPRISES - MAIN LOBBY - DAY Adrian steps off the elevator when he's met by his Assistant.
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^ Dan examines an ACTION-FIGURE of Adrian as OZYMANDIAS (his superhero alias).
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.Veidt is believed to be the smartest man on the planet.^ DOUG ROTH Mr. Veidt, would you acknowledge that you are considered the world's smartest man?
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Ozymandias was directly based on Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, whom Moore had admired for using his full brain capacity as well as possessing full physical and mental control.[1] Richard Reynolds noted that by taking initiative to "help the world", Veidt displays a trait normally attributed to villains in superhero stories, and in a sense he is the "villain" of the series.[23] Gibbons noted "One of the worst of his sins [is] kind of looking down on the rest of humanity, scorning the rest of humanity."[24]
.Walter Joseph Kovacs/Rorschach: A vigilante who wears a white mask that contains a symmetrical but constantly shifting ink blot pattern, he continues to fight crime in spite of his outlaw status.^ It was Walter Kovacs who screamed, who closed his eyes-- it was Rorschach who opened them again.
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^ CONTINUED: ANCHORWOMAN Today, police searched the apartment of Walter Kovacs, better known as the masked vigilante Rorschach.
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^ We move out of the POV and see our guy for the first time-- RORSCHACH (roar-shock)--a masked vigilante who wears a trench coat, fedora, and a silver-white MASK with oily BLACK SPOTS moving about, creating shifting, doubled PATTERNS like a Rorschach test.
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Moore said he was trying to "come up with this quintessential Steve Ditko character - someone who's got a funny name, whose surname begins with a 'K,' who's got an oddly designed mask". Moore based Rorschach on Ditko's creation Mr. A;[12] Ditko's Charlton character The Question also served as a template for creating Rorschach.[1] .Comics historian Bradford W. Wright described the character's world view "a set of black-and-white values that take many shapes but never mix into shades of gray, similar to the ink blot tests of his namesake". Rorschach sees existence as random and, according to Wright, this viewpoint leaves the character "free to 'scrawl [his] own design' on a 'morally blank world'".[25] Moore said he did not foresee the death of Rorschach until the fourth issue when he realized that his refusal to compromise would result in him not surviving the story.^ Rorschach is somewhere between criminally insane and just really motivated in his mission, and he was created to show just one of many different possible moral compasses to which people could adhere; Moore, rather than offer a parable, mixed together characters with disparate belief systems, each flawed but redeemable, in order to create a more densely layered story.
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^ He said something about wishing he never broke into that building.
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^ And if you really read the comic you would know that there is tons of viable material at the end of each issue in normal non illustrated prose form that a'la LOST (which counts Watchmen as an influence)could add even more depth to the story.
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[8]
.Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre: The daughter of Sally Jupiter (the first Silk Spectre, with whom she has a strained relationship), and The Comedian.^ Bruce Campbell or Kurt Russell might be good choices at also, but I still think that Berenger is best, Ironside as a good second choice.****Also, I figure Faye Dunaway as Silk Spectre I/ Sally Jupiter, and James Garner as Nite Owl I. .
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^ Silk Spectre/Laurie Juspeczyk - Rachel Weisz, Amanda Peet, (I like Julianne Moore) Diane Lane, Uma Thurman.
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^ INT. HALLWAY - SALLY JUPITER'S CONDO - LOS ANGELES, CA - DAY Laurie MATERIALIZES in the hallway of her mother's condo in California.
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She had been the lover of Doctor Manhattan for years. .While Silk Spectre was based partially on the Charlton character Nightshade, Moore was not impressed by the character and drew more from heroines such as Black Canary and Phantom Lady.^ I almost don't want to see the movie based on the Silk Spectre casting alone.
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[1]

Art and composition

.Moore and Gibbons designed Watchmen to showcase the unique qualities of the comics medium and to highlight its particular strengths.^ Of his seminal work, Moore said, “I didn’t design it to show off the similarities between cinema and comics, which are there but in my opinion are fairly unremarkable.
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^ Alan Moore's material is great because of the amazingly unique way in which takes advantage of the comic-book medium.
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.In a 1986 interview, Moore said, "What I'd like to explore is the areas that comics succeed in where no other media is capable of operating", and emphasized this by stressing the differences between comics and film.^ In that Moore was always right: his comic book issues allowed him the freedom and the breathing room to explore further than even a 3-hr movie ever could.
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^ Of his seminal work, Moore said, “I didn’t design it to show off the similarities between cinema and comics, which are there but in my opinion are fairly unremarkable.
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^ Adapting a comic book into a film — not just a character or group of them, like Batman or the X-Men, but a full-on book — is a confusing thing.
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.Moore said that Watchmen was designed to be read "four or five times," with some links and allusions only becoming apparent to the reader after several readings.^ I haven't read any script, but I have read Watchmen several times.
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^ That Moore read the Hayter's script and said it was the best adaptation conceivable.
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^ I read the Sam Hamm WATCHMEN script a long time ago, and frankly it was awful.
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[8] .Dave Gibbons notes that, "[a]s it progressed, Watchmen became much more about the telling than the tale itself.^ 'Watchmen features more blue cocks than Iron Man.'
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^ But Watchmen is more grand and epic than Sin City of course.
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^ I'm only writing this much cause the only comic I love more than that is Dark Knight and they'll never pull that off I'm afraid.
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The main thrust of the story essentially hinges on what is called a macguffin, a gimmick ... So really the plot itself is of no great consequence ... it just really isn't the most interesting thing about Watchmen. As we actually came to tell the tale, that's where the real creativity came in."[26]
.Gibbons said he deliberately constructed the visual look of Watchmen so that each page would be identifiable as part of that particular series and "not some other comic book".[27] He made a concerted effort to draw the characters in a manner different than that commonly seen in comics.^ And some of the scenes with Dr. Manhattan manage to convey the damning isolation of free will that haunts the character and the book.
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^ "I think Watchmen would make a perfect 12 ep series" by Ribbons .
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^ During the movie, I felt like I would have been better served if I had stayed home, took a long shit and re-read the comic book.
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[27] The artist tried to draw the series with "a particular weight of line, using a hard, stiff pen that didn't have much modulation in terms of thick and thin" which he hoped "would differentiate it from the usual lush, fluid kind of comic book line".[28] In a 2009 interview, Moore recalled that he took advantage of Gibbons' training as a former surveyor for "including incredible amounts of detail in every tiny panel, so we could choreograph every little thing".[29] Gibbons described the series as "a comic about comics".[14] Gibbons felt that "Alan is more concerned with the social implications of [the presence of super-heroes] and I've gotten involved in the technical implications." The story's alternate world setting allowed Gibbons to change details of the American landscape, such as adding electric cars, slightly different buildings, and spark hydrants instead of fire hydrants, which Moore said, "perhaps gives the American readership a chance in some ways to see their own culture as an outsider would". Gibbons noted that the setting was liberating for him because he did not have to rely primarily on reference books.[3]
.Colorist John Higgins used a template that was "moodier" and favored secondary colors.^ And John Higgins colors certainly makes the mood of the book everything it can possibly be.
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[11] .Moore stated that he had also "always loved John's coloring, but always associated him with being an airbrush colorist", which Moore was not fond of; Higgins subsequently decided to color Watchmen in European-style flat color.^ And John Higgins colors certainly makes the mood of the book everything it can possibly be.
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^ I love Alan Moore's writing, but he sure does seem like a primadonna when it comes to his comics being optioned as movies.
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^ In that Moore was always right: his comic book issues allowed him the freedom and the breathing room to explore further than even a 3-hr movie ever could.
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.Moore noted that the artist paid particular attention to lighting and subtle color changes; in issue six, Higgins began with "warm and cheerful" colors and throughout the issue gradually made it darker to give the story a dark and bleak feeling.^ I don't care if they changed the story completely and made it about Rorsarch and Nite Owl playing pong ...
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^ I liked the changes that they made to the story, and even thought that it was improved by them in most places.
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[3]

Structure

.
The middle two pages of Watchmen #5, titled "Fearful Symmetry". The whole of the issue's layout was intended to be symmetrical, culminating in this center spread, where the pages reflect one another.
^ I couln't even identify this tripe as Watchmen if it didn't tell us on the title page.
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Art by Dave Gibbons.
.Structurally, certain aspects of Watchmen deviated from the norm in comic books at the time, particularly the panel layout and the coloring.^ I can't see why that couldn't happen with Watchmen, especially since half of the content in that book is a metatextual commentary on comics itself, in a form that only works IN comics.
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^ The film version of the Watchmen will be an adaptation of the comic book.
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^ I really loved reading The Watchmen the first time, because it was so subversive to the cliched view of comic book heroes with cookie cutter morality - heroes good, villains bad.
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Instead of panels of various sizes, the creators divided each page into a nine-panel grid.[11] Gibbons favored the nine-panel grid system due to its "authority".[28] Moore accepted the use of the nine-panel grid format, which "gave him a level of control over the storytelling he hadn't had previously", according to Gibbons. "There was this element of the pacing and visual impact that he could now predict and use to dramatic effect."[26] Bhob Stewart of The Comics Journal mentioned to Gibbons in 1987, that the page layouts recalled those of EC Comics, in addition to the art itself, which Stewart felt particularly echoed that of John Severin.[14] .Gibbons agreed that the echoing of the EC-style layouts "was a very deliberate thing", although his inspiration was rather Harvey Kurtzman,[15] but it was altered enough to give the series a unique look.^ Anyway -- while I'm sure that banshee and I have very little else in common, I have to agree with her about the whole "They're marketing this to kids and they sure as hell shouldn't be" thing.
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^ At the same time, I think we need to look outside of that and give these things a chance.
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[14] The artist also cited Steve Ditko's work on early issues of The Amazing Spider-Man as an influence,[30] as well as Doctor Strange, where "even at his most psychedelic [he] would still keep a pretty straight page layout".[9]
The cover of each issue serves as the first panel to the story. .Gibbons said, "The cover of the Watchmen is in the real world and looks quite real, but it's starting to turn into a comic book, a portal to another dimension."^ Plus, Moore started to look REALLY fucking old even in FYEO, and looks even worse in Octopussy.
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^ I was never really for Watchmen being made into a movie, but at the same time I wasn't disappointed.
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^ I expect many find it entertaining, but to me it is tiresome, and plays right into the arrested development comic-book-guy stereotypes that are so often conjured up.
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[3] The covers were designed as close-ups that focused on a single detail with no human elements present.[8] The creators on occasion experimented with the layout of the issue contents. .Gibbons drew issue five, titled "Fearful Symmetry", so the first page mirrors the last (in terms of frame disposition), with the following pages mirroring each other before the center-spread is (broadly) symmetrical in layout.^ Framed nearby is the FRONT PAGE OF THE BOSTON GLOBE. The headline reads "The Comedian Gets Last Laugh On Moloch."
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[3]
.The end of each issue (save for issue twelve) contains supplemental prose pieces written by Moore.^ Yes, asshole, I "really read the comic," and I acknowledged the "non-illustrated prose" that accompanies the end of each issue.
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.Among the contents are fictional book chapters, letters, reports, and articles written by various Watchmen characters.^ I can't see why that couldn't happen with Watchmen, especially since half of the content in that book is a metatextual commentary on comics itself, in a form that only works IN comics.
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.DC had trouble selling ad space in issues of Watchmen, which left an extra eight to nine pages per issue.^ And that this is a business, and if you piss off your customers and they go away, and your hits go down and you can't sell your ad space, that will negatively effect your bottom line.
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.DC planned to insert house ads and a longer letters column to fill the space, but editor Len Wein felt this would be unfair to anyone who wrote in during the last four issues of the series.^ During the movie, I felt like I would have been better served if I had stayed home, took a long shit and re-read the comic book.
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He decided to use the extra pages to fill out the series' backstory.[13] .Moore said, "By the time we got around to issue #3, #4, and so on, we thought that the book looked nice without a letters page.^ In that Moore was always right: his comic book issues allowed him the freedom and the breathing room to explore further than even a 3-hr movie ever could.
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^ That being said, I think Moore has it right with his notion that Books and the films that follow are two separate entities.
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^ Last time someone said Moore was happy with a script was Joel Silver and look how well that worked out.
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.It looks less like a comic book, so we stuck with it."^ During the movie, I felt like I would have been better served if I had stayed home, took a long shit and re-read the comic book.
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^ Adapting a comic book into a film — not just a character or group of them, like Batman or the X-Men, but a full-on book — is a confusing thing.
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^ I'll probably be the only one in here to say that I like this movie better than the original comic book.
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[3]

Tales of the Black Freighter

.Watchmen features a story within a story in the form of Tales of the Black Freighter, a fictional comic book from which scenes appear in issues three, five, eight, ten and eleven.^ Also queued for its March 24 release, the comic book within the comic book, Black Freighter.
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^ And if you really read the comic you would know that there is tons of viable material at the end of each issue in normal non illustrated prose form that a'la LOST (which counts Watchmen as an influence)could add even more depth to the story.
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^ I can't see why that couldn't happen with Watchmen, especially since half of the content in that book is a metatextual commentary on comics itself, in a form that only works IN comics.
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.The fictional comic's story, "Marooned", is read by a youth in New York City.^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY AIRSPACE - NIGHT The Owl-Ship emerges from the subway tunnel .
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^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY - NIGHT We move down the beautifully lit New York city skyline, passing the Brooklyn Bridge .
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^ EXT. NEW YORK CITY AIRSPACE - NIGHT The Owl-Ship WEAVES around the buildings, trying to shake the copters .
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[23] .Moore and Gibbons conceived a pirate comic because they reasoned that since the characters of Watchmen experience superheroes in real life, "they probably wouldn't be at all interested in superhero comics."^ I really wish they wouldn't do this.
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^ You can't translate that to film, and it wouldn't make sense to do so, because once you pull that stuff off the page, it won't work--it's comics using comics conventions to comment on comics.
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^ Making a comic adaption is easy when it's Batman or Spider-Man or any number of other characters hat have been re churned so many times since their inception.
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[31] .Gibbons suggested a pirate theme, and Moore agreed in part because he is "a big Bertolt Brecht fan": the Black Freighter alludes to the song "Seeräuberjenny" ("Pirate Jenny") from Brecht's Threepenny Opera.^ Most interesting thing: I had no idea that Alan Moore was inspired by Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" for the Black Freighter, a song which, when you hear it, quite simply IS The Black Freighter.
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^ I like parts of ALL the Bond movies because I'm a Bond fan, period.
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^ First of all, they aren't going to get a big enough budget, because the sci-fi genre isn't that well supported for the most part.
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[3] .Moore theorized that since superheroes existed, and existed as "objects of fear, loathing, and scorn, the main superheroes quickly fell out of popularity in comic books, as we suggest.^ The thing is that Moore's story is solid enough (like V) that you can lift that out of the book almost completely and it would adapt REALLY well to film.
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^ But still that does not take away from the fact that Veidt commits his crime not out of vanity (as in the comic books) but solely out of a supposed moral superiority.
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^ I can't see why that couldn't happen with Watchmen, especially since half of the content in that book is a metatextual commentary on comics itself, in a form that only works IN comics.
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Mainly, genres like horror, science fiction, and piracy, particularly piracy, became prominent--with EC riding the crest of the wave."[12] .Moore felt that "the imagery of the whole pirate genre is so rich and dark that it provided a perfect counterpoint to the contemporary world of Watchmen".[12] The writer expanded upon the premise so that its presentation in the story would add subtext and allegory.^ The world's present would end.
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^ What we were doing with the Watchmen was pointless--the savage nature of humankind would inevitably lead to the end of the world.
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[32] .The supplemental article detailing the fictional history of Tales of the Black Freighter at the end of issue five credits real-life artist Joe Orlando as a major contributor to the series.^ Yes, asshole, I "really read the comic," and I acknowledged the "non-illustrated prose" that accompanies the end of each issue.
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^ Ditto for the Black Freighter and "Manhattan on Mars" issues.
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^ And instead of going into comics culture like the book did with 'Tales of the Black Freighter' it could do a comparable thing with radio culture.
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.Moore chose Orlando because he felt that if pirate stories were popular in the Watchmen universe that DC editor Julius Schwartz might have tried to lure the artist over to the company to draw a pirate comic book.^ During the movie, I felt like I would have been better served if I had stayed home, took a long shit and re-read the comic book.
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^ The Watchmen could draw in a wide demographic with all the generations that have read the book, maybe even lead to new subscribers.
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^ It's such a tired gimmick, and I hope the rest of the movie isn't as...comic-book-ish as 300 was, because I could NOT stand the visuals in that movie.
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Orlando contributed a drawing designed as if it were a page from the fake title to the supplemental piece.[12]
."Marooned" tells the story of a young mariner's (called "The Sea Captain") journey to warn his home town of the coming of the Black Freighter after he survives the destruction of his own ship, along with his deceased friend Ridley.^ Why even call this movie WATCHMEN? Give the characters new names and tell your story.
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He uses the bodies of his dead shipmates as a make-shift raft. .When he finally returns home, believing it to be already under the occupation of the Black Freighter's crew, he kills an innocent couple and then attacks his own wife in their darkened home, mistaking her for a pirate.^ Most interesting thing: I had no idea that Alan Moore was inspired by Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" for the Black Freighter, a song which, when you hear it, quite simply IS The Black Freighter.
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After realizing what he has done, he returns to the sea shore, where he finds that the Black Freighter has not come to claim the town; it has come to claim him. He swims out to sea and climbs aboard the ship. According to Richard Reynold, the mariner is "forced by the urgency of his mission to shed one inhibition after another." Just like Adrian Veidt, he "hopes to stave off disaster by using the dead bodies of his former comrades as a means of reaching his goal".[33] Moore stated that the story of The Black Freighter ends up specifically describing "the story of Adrian Veidt" and that it can also be used as a counterpoint to other parts of the story, such as Rorschach's capture and Dr. Manhattan's self-exile on Mars.[31]

Symbols and imagery

Moore named William S. Burroughs as one of his main influences during the conception of Watchmen. He admired Burroughs' use of "repeated symbols that would become laden with meaning" in Burroughs' only comic strip, "The Unspeakable Mr. Hart", which appeared in the British underground magazine Cyclops. .Not every intertextual link in the series was planned by Moore, who remarked that "there's stuff in there Dave had put in that even I only noticed on the sixth or seventh read," while other "things...^ There is a lot of social commentary, Moore likes to cover a lot of things all at once.
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^ Maybe there is indeed some jackass exec who thought that a commercial for this movie would be nice to put on after Spongebob.
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^ The only thing I don't get is why Snyder feels the need to put a naked woman floating in zero-gravity in his movies.
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turned up in there by accident."[8]
The Galle crater from the planet Mars appears in Watchmen as an example of the series' recurring smiley motif
A blood-stained smiley face is a recurring image in the story, appearing in many forms. In The System of Comics, Thierry Groensteen described the symbol as a recurring motif that produces "rhyme and remarkable configurations" by appearing in key segments of Watchmen, notably the first and last pages of the series. Groensteen cites it as one form of the circle shape that appears throughout the story, as a "recurrent geometric motif" and due to its symbolic connotations.[34] .Gibbons created a smiley face badge as an element of The Comedian's costume in order to "lighten" the overall design, later adding a splash of blood to the badge to imply his murder.^ Warm blood splashed my face.
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Gibbons said the creators came to regard the blood-stained smiley face as "a symbol for the whole series",[28] noting its resemblance to the clock ticking up to midnight.[9] .Moore drew inspiration from psychological tests of behaviorism, explaining that the tests had presented the face as "a symbol of complete innocence". With the addition of a blood splash over the eye, the face's meaning was altered to become simultaneously radical and simple enough for the first issue's cover to avoid human detail.^ Warm blood splashed my face.
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^ (CONT'D) Blake saw the true face of human kind and chose to become a parody of it, treated it like a joke.
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Although most evocations of the central image were created on purpose, others were coincidental. Moore mentioned in particular that "the little plugs on the spark hydrants, if you turn them upside down, you discover a little smiley face".[8]
Other symbols, images and allusion that appeared throughout the series often emerged unexpectedly. .Moore mentioned that "[t]he whole thing with Watchmen has just been loads of these little bits of synchronicity popping up all over the place".[12] Gibbons noted an unintended theme was contrasting the mundane and the romantic,[15] citing the separate sex scenes between Nite Owl and Silk Spectre on his couch and then high in the sky on Nite Owl's airship.^ Nite Owl and Silk Spectre back at it again.
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^ FUCK is up with the director and his complete and utter obsession with all things male-body-oriented?
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^ "A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold.
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[14] In a book of the craters and boulders of Mars, Gibbons discovered a photograph of the Galle crater, which resembles a happy face, which they worked into an issue. Moore said, "We found a lot of these things started to generate themselves as if by magic", in particular citing an occasion where they decided to name a lock company the "Gordian Knot Lock Company".[12]

Themes

.The initial premise for the series was to examine what superheroes would be like "in a credible, real world". As the story became more complex, Moore said Watchmen became about "power and about the idea of the superman manifest within society."^ I hate them for that, some films I really like ( Lord of the Rings ) would have been much better with an intermission.
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^ The story is just so dense that just about any cuts made would make it unwieldy.
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^ Ok, but seriously, if I edited all the footage of blue superhuman cock together, it would be about 1/2 an hour of the movie.
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[35] .The title of the series refers to the question "Who watches the watchmen?", although Moore said in a 1986 interview with Amazing Heroes he did not know where that sentence originated.^ People who want to see a big budget major motion picture of Watchmen tend to bash the HBO mini series idea and vice versa.
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^ IMHO, anyone who claims to be a fan of the original source material and did NOT like this movie can teabag my nuts.
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^ I just get a little tired of the so-called Fleming purists who trot out the same titles over and over, some of which I doubt they have re-watched in ten years.
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[36] .After reading the interview, author Harlan Ellison informed Moore that the sentence is a translation of the question "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?", posed by the Roman satirist Juvenal.^ Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?
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Moore commented in 1987, "In the context of Watchmen, that fits. .'They're watching out for us, who's watching out for them?'"^ You hate everybody around you and they hate you and none of you really hate the enemy, who may be the same people you're allegedly there to protect.
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^ Even so, they’re characters with a history that comes out over the course of the thing… Their world has a history… it has a cohesion to it.

^ And I went with people who haven't read it, so they were even more out of the loop.
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[3] .The writer stated in the introduction to the Graphitti hardcover of Watchmen that while writing the series he was able to purge himself of his nostalgia for superheroes, and instead he found an interest in real human beings.^ I was never really for Watchmen being made into a movie, but at the same time I wasn't disappointed.
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^ Michael Mann's "At Night He Comes" is in the vein of Watchmen as to how it approaches the humanity of being a superhero.
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^ I don't think V for Vendetta had really any interest in being a faithful adaptation.
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[1]
Graffiti similar to that which appears in Watchmen. Hemel Hempstead, May 2008.
.Bradford Wright described Watchmen as "Moore's obituary for the concept of heroes in general and superheroes in particular."^ "WATCHMEN" is the pinnacle of Moore's superhero work and to reduce it to a B-level effects film rather than an A-Level project would be a shame.
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[17] .Putting the story in a contemporary sociological context, Wright wrote that the characters of Watchmen were Moore's "admonition to those who trusted in 'heroes' and leaders to guard the world's fate."^ I lump those people into the same category as people who believe the world is flat.
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^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ That's the kind of thing that I thought Moore was trying to get at with The Watchmen character.
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.He added that to place faith in such icons was to give up personal responsibility to "the Reagans, Thatchers, and other 'Watchmen' of the world who supposed to 'rescue' us and perhaps lay waste to the planet in the process".[37] Moore specifically stated in 1986 that he was writing Watchmen to be "not anti-Americanism, [but] anti-Reaganism," specifically believing that "at the moment a certain part of Reagan's America isn't scared.^ CUT TO: The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES-- PRESIDENT The sound of a bullet at one end of the world echoes across the ocean to the other end.
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^ Sometimes Harry really does come off as a bit inconsistent, which can be annoying for those of us who've been around this place for years.
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^ I lump those people into the same category as people who believe the world is flat.
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.They think they're invulnerable."^ Alan thinks his content through always very carefully, whether they’re on a 9 panel grid or not.

^ MS: I was on Radio Bristol recently in a discussion where comics came up—and most people think that’s what they’re about.

^ CONTINUED: BLAKE But it takes a roomful of morons to think they're small enough for you guys to handle.
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[3] .While Moore wanted to write about "power politics" and the "worrying" times he lived in, he stated the reason that the story was set in an alternate reality was because he was worried that readers would "switch off" if he attacked a leader they admired.^ AM: Because they’ve got the real ones.

^ LAURIE You really do worry about me, don't you?
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^ I found really breathless because you were getting through so much in that one issue but 12 was everything I could’ve hoped it would be.

[4] .Moore stated in 1986 that he "was consciously trying to do something that would make people feel uneasy."^ Unless we decide that the movie should still take place in an alternative 1986, and I don't think even Moore would like that approach.
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^ If a studio tries to make this and inevitably fucks it up, I will be mighty pissed, and so will many other Alan Moore fans.
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^ Because only a complete asshole would try and make hay with a person's unintentional mistake, and I know you are not such a person.
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[3]
.Citing Watchmen as the point where the comic book medium "came of age", Iain Thomson wrote in his essay "Deconstructing the Hero" that the story accomplished this by "developing its heroes precisely in order to deconstruct the very idea of the hero and so encouraging us to reflect upon its significance from the many different angles of the shards left lying on the ground".[38] Thomson stated that the heroes in Watchmen almost all share a nihilistic outlook, and that Moore presents this outlook "as the simple, unvarnished truth" to "deconstruct the would-be hero's ultimate motivation, namely, to provide a secular salvation and so attain a mortal immortality".[39] He wrote that the story "develops its heroes precisely in order to ask us if we would not in fact be better off without heroes".[40] Thomson added that the story's deconstruction of the hero concept "suggests that perhaps the time for heroes has passed", which he feels distinguishes "this postmodern work" from the deconstructions of the hero in the existentialism movement.^ By all means, please share with us.
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^ We all have a different outlook.
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^ You think film is a medium capable of presenting Moore's work...
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[41] .Richard Reynolds states that without any supervillains in the story, the superheroes of Watchmen are forced to confront "more intangible social and moral concerns", adding that this removes the superhero concept from the normal narrative expectations of the genre.^ Watchmen is also an oddity in that it is a rather adult story, yet adults may not shine to superheroes...
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^ After the cities are destroyed the superheroes more or less agree it is the morally appropriate thing for Manhattan to be considered globally evil.
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^ Tell me specifically what it is about the non-illustrated flashbacks, without "typical TalkBacker insults," that make their detailed adaptation so essential to the story of "Watchmen."
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[42] Reynolds concludes that the series' ironic self awareness of the genre "all mark out Watchmen either as the last key superhero text, or the first in a new maturity of the genre".[43]
Geoff Klock eschewed the term "deconstruction" in favor of describing Watchmen as a "revisionary superhero narrative." .He considers Watchmen and Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to be "the first instances ...^ The Dark Knight Returns shouldn't be a movie either.
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^ Serenity, Star Wars, and Frank Millers Dark Knight1&2.
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of [a] new kind of comic book ... a first phase of development, the transition of the superhero from fantasy to literature."[44] He elaborates by noting that "Alan Moore's realism ... performs a kenosis towards comic book history ... [which] does not ennoble and empower his characters ... Rather, it sends a wave of disruption back through superhero history ... devalue[ing] one of the basic superhero conventions by placing his masked crime fighters in a realistic world ..."[45] .First and foremost, "Moore's exploration of the [often sexual] motives for costumed crimefighting sheds a disturbing light on past superhero stories, and forces the reader to reevaluate - to revision - every superhero in terms of Moore's kenosis - his emptying out of the tradition."^ The fact is that the reason everyone tries to justify the whacked out changes to adapting Moore is that his stories are so dense that two hours isn't enough time.
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^ The thing is that Moore's story is solid enough (like V) that you can lift that out of the book almost completely and it would adapt REALLY well to film.
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[46] Klock relates the title to the quote by Juvenal to highlight the problem of controlling those who hold power and quoted repeatedly within the work itself.[47] .The deconstructive nature of Watchmen is, Klock notes, played out on the page also as, "[l]ike Alan Moore's kenosis, [Veidt] must destroy, then reconstruct, in order to build 'a unity which would survive him.'"^ Alan Moore wrote him.
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^ Also, as far as Alan Moore goes, does anyone who knows anything about him think that he would ever endorse the idea of somebody making a movie of his work?
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^ The comic book from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons was remarkable for its depth and nuance of character, and any film version must out of necessity excise whole chunks of psychological development in order to come up with something that plays like a feature.
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[48]
Moore has expressed dismay that "[T]he gritty, deconstructivist postmodern superhero comic, as exemplified by Watchmen... became a genre". .He said in 2003, "[T]o some degree there has been, in the 15 years since Watchmen, an awful lot of the comics field devoted to these grim, pessimistic, nasty, violent stories which kind of use Watchmen to validate what are, in effect, often just some very nasty stories that don't have a lot to recommend them."^ Because there is a lot of story?
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^ There's still some possibility of improvement and I don't think that improvement goes to being closer to the book, as in updating the political background.
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^ I get what the film was trying to be, I just don't think it was very good at it.
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[49] .Gibbons said that while readers "were left with the idea that it was a grim and gritty kind of thing", he said in his view the series was "a wonderful celebration of superheroes as much as anything else."^ AM: You know, that’s the thing, there is that degree of self-referential world-within-world, but with the pirate story… Pirates were Dave’s idea, we just said ‘What comics would they read in this world?” and Dave said, “What about pirates?” FJ: Why wouldn’t they have superhero comics?

^ It’s the kind of thing I’ve tried not to contrive too much, but like Alan was saying earlier it’s like striking a series of chords.

[50]

Publication and reception

.
Alan Moore, co-creator of Watchmen.
^ Why did Alan Moore write the Watchmen?
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Moore severed his ties with DC Comics over contractual issues related to the work.
When Moore and Gibbons turned in the first issue of Watchmen to DC, their peers were stunned. .Gibbons recalled, "What really clinched it [...] was [writer/artist] Howard Chaykin, who doesn't give praise lightly, and who came up and said, 'Dave what you've done on Watchmen is fuckin' A.'"[51] Speaking in 1986, Moore stated that "DC backed us all the way ...^ Oh crud, I just realized you said Moore and not Snyder...
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^ (Of course, Dave Gibbons visualized it all for you anyway.
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^ I hope you will open it back up and give it another chance.
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and have been really supportive about even the most graphic excesses."[3] To promote the series, DC Comics released a limited-edition badge ("button") display card set, featuring characters and images from the series. Ten thousand sets of the four badges, including a replica of the blood-stained smiley face badge worn by the Comedian in the story, were released and sold.[14] .Mayfair Games introduced a Watchmen module for its DC Heroes Role-playing Game series that was released before the series concluded.^ Enjoy your Watchmen movie where the Comdian will be played by Robin Williams in a "prestige role" and all back stories that gave the story its meat will be whittled down to footnotes.
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^ Enjoy your Watchmen movie where the Comdian will be played by Robin Williams in a "prestige role"....Well, if I ruled the world the only actor possible for this role is Burt Reynolds.
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The module, which was endorsed by Moore, adds details to the series' backstory by portraying events that occurred in 1966.[52]
Watchmen was published in single-issue form over the course of 1986 and 1987. The limited series was a commercial success, and its sales helped DC Comics briefly overtake its competitor Marvel Comics in the comic book direct market.[37] The series' publishing schedule ran into delays because it was scheduled with three issues completed instead of the six Len Wein believed were necessary. .Further delays were caused when later issues each took more than a month to complete.^ Everyone seems to know so much more than you but won't tell you shit, and many of these hardened vets have only been there a month longer than you.
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^ I'm only writing this much cause the only comic I love more than that is Dark Knight and they'll never pull that off I'm afraid.
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[13] Bhob Stewart of the The Comics Journal noted in Spring 1987 that issue #12, which DC solicited for April 1987, "looks like it won't debut until July or August".[12]
After the series concluded, the individual issues were collected and sold in trade paperback form. .Along with Frank Miller's 1986 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns mini-series, Watchmen was marketed as a "graphic novel", a term which allowed DC and other publishers to sell similar comic book collections in a way that associated them with novels, but dissociated them from comics.^ Graphic comic book novel.
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^ People who want to see a big budget major motion picture of Watchmen tend to bash the HBO mini series idea and vice versa.
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^ Leave the watchmen to the fans, who have an appreciation for the graphic novel aspect, and the details in this story, which cant be fully achieved in a 3 hour movie...
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[53] As a result of the publicity given to the books like the Watchmen trade in 1987, bookstore and public libraries began to devote special shelves to them. Subsequently, new comics series were commissioned on the basis of reprinting them in a collected form for these markets.[54] .In 1987, Graphitti Design produced a special limited edition, slipcased hardcover volume that contained 48 pages of bonus material, including the original proposal and concept art.^ A good adaptation realises that it must make certain sacrifices for the original material to work for a different art-form.
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In 2005, DC released Absolute Watchmen, an oversized slipcased hardcover edition of the series in DC's Absolute Edition format. Assembled under the supervision of Dave Gibbons, Absolute Watchmen included the Graphitti materials, as well as restored and recolored art by John Higgins.[55] In 2008, Warner Bros. .Entertainment released the Watchmen Motion Comics, a series of narrated animations of the original comic book.^ People who want to see a big budget major motion picture of Watchmen tend to bash the HBO mini series idea and vice versa.
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^ I expect many find it entertaining, but to me it is tiresome, and plays right into the arrested development comic-book-guy stereotypes that are so often conjured up.
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^ I can't see why that couldn't happen with Watchmen, especially since half of the content in that book is a metatextual commentary on comics itself, in a form that only works IN comics.
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The first chapter was released for purchase in the summer of 2008 on digital video stores, such as iTunes Store.[56] That December, DC published a new printing of Watchmen issue #1 at the original 1986 cover price of $1.50.[57] A DVD compiling the full motion comic series was released in March 2009.[58]
Watchmen received critical praise, both inside and outside of the comics industry. Time, which noted that the series was "by common assent the best of breed" of the new wave of comics published at the time, praised Watchmen as "a superlative feat of imagination, combining sci-fi, political satire, knowing evocations of comics past and bold reworkings of current graphic formats into a dysutopian [sic] mystery story."[59] In 1988, Watchmen received a Hugo Award in the Other Forms category.[60]
Moore stated in 1985 that if the limited series was well-received, he and Gibbons would possibly create a 12-issue prequel series called Minutemen featuring the 1940s superhero group from the story.[10] Steve Whitaker joked in British fanzine Fantasy Advertiser that such a story would naturally revolve around "Lesbian and homosexual relationships and costumed kinks in a '40s environment..."[61] DC offered Moore and Gibbons chances to publish prequels to the series, such as Rorschach's Journal or The Comedian's Vietnam War Diary, as well as hinting at the possibility of other authors using the same universe.[62] .Tales of the Comedian's Vietnam War experiences were floated because The 'Nam was popular at the time, while another suggestion was, according to Gibbons, for a "Nite Owl/Rorschach team" (in the manner of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)).^ HOLLIS Well, even though I spent my time catching real bad guys, you were still a better Nite Owl than I ever was.
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^ I think Cusack will stay the right age for Nite Owl for another ten years, so they have time.
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[62] .Neither man felt the stories would have gone anywhere, with Moore particularly adamant that DC not go forward with stories by other individuals.^ The thing is that Moore's story is solid enough (like V) that you can lift that out of the book almost completely and it would adapt REALLY well to film.
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^ It would be cool to think all this uber-violent shit is going on in the same world that Spider Man's candy ass is running around forgiving everyone.
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^ But if you aren't going to tell Alan Moore' story, why disrespect his characters to tell yours?
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[62] .Gibbons was more attracted to the idea of a Minutemen series, because it would have "[paid] homage to the simplicity and unsophisticated nature of Golden Age comic books – with the added dramatic interest that it would be a story whose conclusion is already known.^ I know more about fucking COMIC BOOKS than you will ever know!
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^ They need to be addressed on film because they lend depth to the story and make it more than another "alternate universe with superheroes in it" hack job that would be hard to avoid in a 2 hour film.
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^ The thing is that Moore's story is solid enough (like V) that you can lift that out of the book almost completely and it would adapt REALLY well to film.
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.It would be, perhaps, interesting to see how we got to the conclusion."^ I don't see how either of these would be effectively used in a so-called "Director's Cut" of Watchmen, and wouldn't be interested in seeing it, anyway.
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^ Campbell kind of flies under the radar, but he knows how to create an interesting yarn for the screen (see The Mask of Zorro for example).
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[15]
Disagreements about the ownership of the story ultimately led Alan Moore to sever ties with DC Comics.[63] .Not wanting to work under a work-for-hire arrangement, Moore and Gibbons had a reversion clause in their contract for Watchmen.^ But we do not want to see you cut Moore's work just to replace Laurie's struggle with a friggin' magic memory mirror.
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^ "WATCHMEN" is the pinnacle of Moore's superhero work and to reduce it to a B-level effects film rather than an A-Level project would be a shame.
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Speaking at the 1985 San Diego Comic-Con, Moore said "The way it works, if I understand it, is that DC owns it for the time they're publishing it, and then it reverts to Dave and me, so we can make all the money from the Slurpee cups."[10] For Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons received eight percent of the series' earnings.[8] .Moore explained in 1986 that his understanding was that when "DC have not used the characters for a year, they're ours."^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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[3] .Both Moore and Gibbons said DC paid them "a substantial amount of money" to retain the rights.^ That being said, I think Moore has it right with his notion that Books and the films that follow are two separate entities.
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^ Gibbons and he, sold the rights to DC UNTIL they would stop printing it.
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.Moore added, "So basically they're not ours, but if DC is working with the characters in our interests then they might as well be.^ HOWEVER, I also saw OHMSS and LIVING DAYLIGHTS and, strange as it might seem, they have both aged pretty well.
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^ Rather, they decided that they could create better characters and a better story than Moore and proceeded to rework it rather than adapt it.
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^ The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan might well indicate that they are not benefitting from this and still need oil.
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.On the other hand, if the characters have outlived their natural life span and DC doesn't want to do anything with them, then after a year we've got them and we can do what we want with them, which I'm perfectly happy with."^ This demand has nothing to do with anything other than to motivate Dan to act so out of character that fans will be rolling their eyes.
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[3]
Moore said he left DC in 1989 due to the language in his contracts for Watchmen and his V for Vendetta series with artist David Lloyd. .Moore felt the reversion clauses were ultimately meaningless, because DC did not intend to let the publications go out of print.^ You are taking me out of here because if you don't, and Jon does come back, I'm going to let him know who was naughty and who was nice.
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.He told The New York Times in 2006, "I said, 'Fair enough,' [...] 'You have managed to successfully swindle me, and so I will never work for you again.'"^ You're working in here at the same time we're in bed!?
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^ You're trying to tell me that an HBO series COULD work when I never said that it couldn't.
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^ I think what Moriarty said bares repeating: "And if you can look at all the times people have done exactly what they should "never" have been able to do, and you can still be so incredibly closed to this film sight unseen, then just give it up."
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[63] In 2000, Moore publicly distanced himself from DC's plans for a fifteenth anniversary Watchmen hardcover release as well as a proposed line of action figures from DC Direct. .While DC wanted to mend its relationship with the writer, Moore felt the company was not treating him fairly in regards to his America's Best Comics imprint (launched under the WildStorm comic imprint, which was bought by DC in 1998; Moore was promised no direct interference by DC as part of the arrangement).^ OK, I posted that, I posted that...There isn't going to be a direct, panel to panel tranfer from the comic, no matter what the transfer.
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.Moore added, "As far as I'm concerned, the 15th anniversary of Watchmen is purely a 15th Anniversary of when DC managed to take the Watchmen property from me and Dave [Gibbons]."^ Ask him to tell Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' story and not David Hayter's.
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^ I know it isn't quite that simple, but in my mind, this "property" is indeed the intellectual property of Moore and Gibbons.
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[64] .Soon afterwards, DC Direct cancelled the Watchmen action figure line, although the company had shown prototypes at the 2000 Comic-Con International.^ Meant to say, "shocked that Snyder is directing WATCHMEN." Although on some level, I guess 300 too.
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[65]

Film adaptation

Interior set of Nite Owl's vehicle "Archie" from the film version of Watchmen, displayed at Comic-Con 2008.
.There have been numerous attempts to make a film version of Watchmen since 1986, when producers Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver acquired film rights to the series for 20th Century Fox.^ "I think Watchmen would make a perfect 12 ep series" by Ribbons .
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^ The alginment of the stars it would take for the fan version of Watchmen is near impossible for Levin/Gordon.
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^ I still hope they don't make Watchmen into a film by Rupee88 .
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[66] .Fox asked Alan Moore to write a screenplay based on his story,[67] but he declined, so the studio enlisted screenwriter Sam Hamm.^ I love Alan Moore's writing, but he sure does seem like a primadonna when it comes to his comics being optioned as movies.
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^ I hope he's loved it for 20 years and that he's so intimate with the story that he can untie Alan Moore's Gordian knot and refasten it around the silver screen.
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^ Ask him to tell Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' story and not David Hayter's.
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Hamm took the liberty of re-writing Watchmen's complicated ending into a "more manageable" conclusion involving an assassination and a time paradox.[67] Fox put the project into turnaround in 1991,[68] and the project was moved to Warner Bros., where Terry Gilliam was attached to direct and Charles McKeown to rewrite it. .They used the character Rorschach's diary as a voice-over and restored scenes from the comic book that Hamm had removed.^ Okay, Comic Book Buddies, they put that in a movie.
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^ From Hell suffered because they couldn't tell the stories of London's minor characters, and thus removed the shared consciousness that made that book so excellent.
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[67] .Gilliam and Silver were only able to raise $25 million for the film (a quarter of the necessary budget) because their previous films had gone overbudget.^ Paul Greengrass has made some pretty successful low budget films and even he struggled to keep 'Watchmen' under $100 million.
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^ Levin/Gordon/Greengrass/Snyder /Hayter/Hamm/Gilliam - not one of these people has shown in any previous film the insight it would take to translate that aspect.
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[67] .Gilliam abandoned the project because he decided that Watchmen would have been unfilmable.^ By the way, I would hardly call myself an "HBO hater" just because I think that a good 'Watchmen' movie is plausible.
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^ "WATCHMEN" is the pinnacle of Moore's superhero work and to reduce it to a B-level effects film rather than an A-Level project would be a shame.
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^ I enjoy the fact that Snyder is only taking R-rated projects (he turned down S.W.A.T. because they made it PG-13), and Watchmen HAS to be R-rated.
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."Reducing [the story] to a two or two-and-a-half hour film [...] seemed to me to take away the essence of what Watchmen is about," he said.^ There is no point in Watchmen where you can make a clean break without akwardly cutting the story in two, which thanks to Tarantino, we know can be done.
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^ It's just a fun topic to talk about, and we'll be speculating about it 5 years from now, but as a feature film, it will NEVER HAPPEN! I'm taking all betters on this.
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^ As I said, Hayter's script does a good job of condensing the book in a script for a 2 and half hour movie.
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[69] After Warner Bros. dropped the project, .Gordon invited Gilliam back to helm the film independently.^ Levin/Gordon/Greengrass/Snyder /Hayter/Hamm/Gilliam - not one of these people has shown in any previous film the insight it would take to translate that aspect.
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.The director again declined, believing that the comic book would be better directed as a five-hour miniseries.^ And to dismiss the suggestion that an HBO-style miniseries wouldn't work doesn't mean a 2 hour film would.
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^ I'll probably be the only one in here to say that I like this movie better than the original comic book.
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^ The director's cut of the Thomas Jane film DESERVED A Sequel and would have been MUCH better than this PILE of.....
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[70]
.In October 2001, Gordon partnered with Lloyd Levin and Universal Studios, hiring David Hayter to write and direct.^ Levin/Gordon/Greengrass/Snyder /Hayter/Hamm/Gilliam - not one of these people has shown in any previous film the insight it would take to translate that aspect.
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[71] .Hayter and the producers left Universal due to creative differences,[72] and Gordon and Levin expressed interest in setting up Watchmen at Revolution Studios.^ The alginment of the stars it would take for the fan version of Watchmen is near impossible for Levin/Gordon.
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^ Levin/Gordon/Greengrass/Snyder /Hayter/Hamm/Gilliam - not one of these people has shown in any previous film the insight it would take to translate that aspect.
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The project did not hold together at Revolution Studios and subsequently fell apart.[73] .In July 2004, it was announced Paramount Pictures would produce Watchmen, and they attached Darren Aronofsky to direct Hayter's script.^ I'd like to throw anoter name into the mix which will never, in a million years be true, but, I think Darren Aronofsky would also be a good choice for the director's chair.
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^ I would LOVE to see this story on the big screen, I just don't see any indication from the Hamm or Hayter drafts that we're moving in a positive direction.
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^ If the Hayter script is anything like Vynson described, then it is apparently a bastardization, and would be better left unfilmed.
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Producers Gordon and Levin remained attached, collaborating with Aronofsky's producing partner, Eric Watson.[74] Paul Greengrass replaced Aronofsky when he left to focus on The Fountain.[75] Ultimately, Paramount placed Watchmen in turnaround.[76]
In October 2005, Gordon and Levin met with Warner Bros. to develop the film there again.[77] Impressed with Zack Snyder's work on 300, Warner Bros. approached him to direct an adaptation of Watchmen.[78] .Screenwriter Alex Tse drew from his favorite elements of Hayter's script,[79] but also returned it to the original Cold War setting of the Watchmen comic.^ I've never read Hayter's script, but I have read the original graphic novel, and both Moriarty's review of Hayter's script and Vynson's comments on the same script.
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^ WATCHMEN Written by David Hayter & Alex Tse INT. EDWARD BLAKE'S APARTMENT - KITCHEN - EVENING CLOSE ON: A "Have A Nice Day" HAPPY FACE PIN. STEAM rises past the pin.
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^ Writers : David Hayter Alex Tse Genres : Action Fantasy Sci-Fi Thriller User Comments .
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Similar to his approach to 300, Snyder used the comic book as a storyboard.[80] He has extended the fight scenes,[81] and added a subplot about energy resources to make the film more topical.[82] .Although he intended to stay faithful to the look of the characters in the comic, Snyder intended Nite Owl to look scarier,[80] and made Ozymandias' armor into a parody of the rubber muscle suits from the 1997 superhero film Batman & Robin.^ Yes, it can be made into a single film.
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^ Middle-aged actors looking kinda stupid in Nite Owl or Ozymandias costumes: gone.
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^ A FIREFIGHTER looks up in time to see the Owl-Ship disappear into the clouds.
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[15] .After the trailer to the film premiered in July 2008, DC Comics president Paul Levitz said that the company had had to print more than 900,000 copies of Watchmen trade collection to meet the additional demand for the book that the advertising campaign had generated, with the total annual print run expected to be over one million copies.^ I know more about fucking COMIC BOOKS than you will ever know!
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^ My red world here means more to me than your blue one.
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^ You may have general fears about how the project is going to be translated but if Watchmen is indeed going to find a home on Cinema screens, which is almost inevitable as time goes on, then this article is a reason to be more optomistic than you were...
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[83] While 20th Century Fox filed a lawsuit to block the film's release, the studios eventually settled, and Fox received an upfront payment and a percentage of the worldwide gross from the film and all sequels and spin-offs in return.[84] The film was released to theaters in March 2009.
.The Tales of the Black Freighter segments was adapted as a direct-to-video animated feature to be released that same month.^ And instead of going into comics culture like the book did with 'Tales of the Black Freighter' it could do a comparable thing with radio culture.
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^ Tales of The Black Freighter by Zardoz .
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[85] Gerard Butler, who starred in 300, voices the Captain in the film.[86] .The film itself was released on DVD four months after Tales of the Black Freighter, and Warner Bros.^ And instead of going into comics culture like the book did with 'Tales of the Black Freighter' it could do a comparable thing with radio culture.
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^ Tales of The Black Freighter by Zardoz .
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is speculated to be considering releasing an extended version, with the animated film edited back into the main picture.[85] Len Wein, the comic's editor, wrote a video game prequel entitled Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.[87]
.Dave Gibbons became an adviser on Snyder's film, but Moore has refused to have his name attached to any film adaptations of his work.^ I feel that the problem with every film based on a Moore work has to do with they way in which they were condensed.
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^ Ask him to tell Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons' story and not David Hayter's.
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^ You think film is a medium capable of presenting Moore's work...
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[88] .Moore has stated he has no interest in seeing Snyder's adaptation; he told Entertainment Weekly in 2008, "There are things that we did with Watchmen that could only work in a comic, and were indeed designed to show off things that other media can't".[89] While Moore believes that David Hayter's screenplay was "as close as I could imagine anyone getting to Watchmen," he asserted he did not intend to see the film if it were made.^ Most interesting thing: I had no idea that Alan Moore was inspired by Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" for the Black Freighter, a song which, when you hear it, quite simply IS The Black Freighter.
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^ I don't see how either of these would be effectively used in a so-called "Director's Cut" of Watchmen, and wouldn't be interested in seeing it, anyway.
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^ And there is no such thing as the "real" Bond.
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[90]

Legacy

.Since its release, Watchmen has garnered acclaim as a seminal work of the comic book medium.^ When it's V or Watchmen or any number of recent adaptions of singular work that was made for the love of the medium and not for the mass market it does jangle a nerve, because it's a more important piece of work.
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^ I hope he goes back to the comic book and works on an actual adaptation.
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^ I can't see why that couldn't happen with Watchmen, especially since half of the content in that book is a metatextual commentary on comics itself, in a form that only works IN comics.
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In Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History, Robert Harvey wrote that with Watchmen, Moore and Gibbons "had demonstrated as never before the capacity of the [comic book] medium to tell a sophisticated story that could be engineered only in comics".[91] In his review of the Absolute Edition of the collection, Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times wrote that the dark legacy of Watchmen, "one that Moore almost certainly never intended, whose DNA is encoded in the increasingly black inks and bleak storylines that have become the essential elements of the contemporary superhero comic book," is "a domain he has largely ceded to writers and artists who share his fascination with brutality but not his interest in its consequences, his eagerness to tear down old boundaries but not his drive to find new ones."[92] In 1999, The Comics Journal ranked Watchmen at number 91 on its list of the Top 100 English-Language Comics of the 20th Century.[93] .Watchmen was the only graphic novel to appear on Time's 2005 "All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels" list.^ Octopussy has got to be one of the greatest non-pron movie titles of all-time.
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^ It all comes down to respect for the original property, and I think what bugs me most is the assumption that only fanboys are able to "truly" respect WATCHMEN properly.
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^ I think given the right vision a Watchmen film could be done with little change from the graphic novel...
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[94] Time critic Lev Grossman described the story as "a heart-pounding, heartbreaking read and a watershed in the evolution of a young medium."[95] In 2008, Entertainment Weekly placed it at number 13 on its list of the best 50 novels printed in the last 25 years, describing it as "The greatest superhero story ever told and proof that comics are capable of smart, emotionally resonant narratives worthy of the label literature."[96] In 2009 Lydia Millet of The Wall Street Journal contested that Watchmen was worthy of such acclaim, and wrote that while the series' "vividly drawn panels, moody colors and lush imagery make its popularity well-deserved, if disproportionate", that "it's simply bizarre to assert that, as an illustrated literary narrative, it rivals in artistic merit, say, masterpieces like Chris Ware's 'Acme Novelty Library' or almost any part of the witty and brilliant work of Edward Gorey".[97]
.Watchmen was one of the two comic books that inspired designer Vincent Connare when he created the popular Comic Sans font.^ I'll probably be the only one in here to say that I like this movie better than the original comic book.
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^ I can't see why that couldn't happen with Watchmen, especially since half of the content in that book is a metatextual commentary on comics itself, in a form that only works IN comics.
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^ The film version of the Watchmen will be an adaptation of the comic book.
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[98] In 2009, Brain Scan Studios released the parody Watchmensch, a comic in which writer Rich Johnston based the story around "the debate surrounding Watchmen, the original contracts, the current legal suits over the Fox contract".[99]

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  • Groensteen, Thierry. The System of Comics. .University Press of Mississippi, 2007. ISBN 1-57806-925-5
  • Harvey, Robert C. The Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History.^ There is a "deconstruction" of superhero comics that is highly entertaining for those with a history of comics reading, but there are many other elements that really make the book entertaining.
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    University Press of Mississippi, 1996. ISBN 0878057587
  • Klock, Geoff. .How to Read Superhero Comics and Why.^ There is a "deconstruction" of superhero comics that is highly entertaining for those with a history of comics reading, but there are many other elements that really make the book entertaining.
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    Continuum, 2002. ISBN 0-8264-1419-2
  • Sabin, Roger. .Comics, Comix and Graphic Novels.^ The Sam Hamm draft was a terrible experience to read, but I believe in Hayter's abilities to bring the comic (or graphic novel, whatever) medium to the screen.
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    ^ In my opinion, the only hope is to do to the mainstream audience what the graphic novel did to comics fans in 1986...
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    ^ Graphic comic book novel.
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    Phaidon Press, 1996; 2001. ISBN 0-7148-3993-0
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  • Thomson, Iain. "Deconstructing the Hero". Comics As Philosophy. Jeff McLaughlin (editor). University Press of Mississippi, 2005. ISBN 1578067944
  • Wright, Bradford W. Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America. Johns Hopkins, 2001. ISBN 0-8018-7450-5

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Further reading

  • Rosen, Elizabeth (Autumn 2006). "'What's That You Smell Of?' Twenty Years of Watchmen Nostalgia". Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction 35 (98): 95–98. 
  • Hughes, Jamie A. (August 2006). ."'Who Watches the Watchmen?': Ideology and 'Real World' Superheroes". Journal of Popular Culture 39 (4): 546–557. doi:10.1111/j.1540-5931.2006.00278.x. 
  • Wolf-Meyer, Matthew (Winter 2003).^ The smoke clears enough for Dan to see a message SPRAY- PAINTED on a brick wall: "WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?" DAN How long can we keep this up?
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    "The World Ozymandias Made: Utopias in the Superhero Comic, Subculture, and the Conservation of Difference". Journal of Popular Culture 36 (3): 497–506. 

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Who watches the Watchmen?
Anything that can happen does happen.
.Watchmen is a graphic novel published by DC Comics in twelve installments in 1986-87. It has sometimes been described as a "post-modern" or "deconstructionist" take on the comic book superhero.^ But for graphic novel fans, Watchmen is the shit.
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^ Best Graphic Novels 637 books .
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^ Graphic comic book novel.
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Writer: Alan Moore. .Illustrator/letterer: Dave Gibbons.^ For one thing, the page to screen translations are almost flawless, and I appreciate how much the movie is keeping true to Dave Gibbons's illustrations.
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^ Illustrator Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins discuss in-depth the creative process behind “Watchmen” -- the graphic novel and film -- at the Bristol Comic Expo.
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^ Watchmen is also a 12-issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
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.Colorist: John Higgins.^ Snyder asked Gibbons to draw up a storyboard for the film's altered ending, which the comics' colorist John Higgins also returned to work on.
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^ Colorist: John Higgins.
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^ Illustrator Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins discuss in-depth the creative process behind “Watchmen” -- the graphic novel and film -- at the Bristol Comic Expo.
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See also Watchmen (film)
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Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias

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  • Do it? Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain.^ This Is Reality : "I'm not a Republic serial villain."
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    ^ Dan, I'm not a Republic serial villain.
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    .Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome?^ Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome?
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    ^ But I think you guys are seriously underrating it.
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    ^ Do you seriously think I'd explain my master stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting the outcome?
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    I did it thirty-five minutes ago.
  • [after Nite Owl asks what he would have done if his hired assassin had shot him first] I suppose I'd have had to catch the bullet, wouldn't I? [smirks]
  • [Tearfully]I did it...I DID IT!
  • Bubastis...Forgive me.
  • An intractable problem can only be resolved by stepping beyond conventional solutions.

Daniel Dreiberg/Nite Owl II

.
Hell, I guess I must look pretty Devo, right?
  • So impotent...
  • (As he and Rorschach prepare for their confrontation with the mastermind villain.^ From the nature of the questions, I guessed he was the right guy to answer them even though he looked about 18 – too young to be so far up the production ladder.
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    )
    .Y'know, this must be how ordinary people feel.^ This must be how ordinary people feel around us .
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    ^ Y'know, this must be how ordinary people feel.
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    ^ Oh - for the people who know and love The Watchmen - I felt bad for how Dr. Manhattan couldn’t have a human relationship.
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    .This must be how ordinary people feel around us.
  • (Standing naked except for his Nite Owl goggles) Hell, I guess I must look pretty Devo, right?
  • (Reacting to an insult from Rorschach) Who the hell do you think you are?^ What the hell do you think I am?
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    ^ Think you're 'good people'.
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    ^ God, who do you think you are, Rorschach?
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    .You live off people while insulting them, nobody complains because they think you're a goddamned lunatic...^ You live off people while insulting them, and nobody complains because they think you're a damn lunatic!
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    ^ You're off the hook, for now.
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    ^ You live off people while insulting them, and nobody complains because they think you're a goddamned lunatic!
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    Do you know how hard it is being your friend?
  • (Talking about crimefighting) Just a schoolkid's fantasy that got out of hand.

Edward Blake/The Comedian

.
You people are a joke.
^ You people are a joke.
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.You hear Moloch's back in town, you think "Oh, boy!^ You hear Moloch's back in town and get your panties in a bunch.
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^ You know how sometimes you pick up a magazine, or coffe-table book about a movie, you peruse it, enjoy it, then put it back thinking, "its nice."
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.Let's gang up and bust him!"^ Let's gang up and bust him!"
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.You think that matters?^ You think that matters?
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^ If you truly think that "Watchmen" is unadaptable, then what does it matter to you?
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.You think that solves anything?
  • Once you realize what a joke everything is, being the Comedian is the only thing that makes sense.
  • I mean, what's so funny?^ That sentence, I don't think it means what you think it means.
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    ^ I mean, that whole cancer thing with ion, does that make sense to you?
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    ^ Comedian's the only thing that makes sense.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    What's so goddamned funny?
  • Yeah. Yeah, that's right. Pregnant woman. Gunned her down. Bang. And y'know what? You watched me. .You coulda changed the gun into steam or the bullets into mercury or the bottle into snowflakes!^ You coulda changed the gun into steam or the bullets into mercury or the bottle into snowflakes!
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You could have turned the gun into steam, the bullets into mercury, the bottle into goddamn snowflakes, but you didn't, did you?
    • Watchmen (film) - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You see her looking at the gun, Jon’s talking in the foreground, she’s bending down, picking something up and you can’t see what it is and put it into her bag.

    .You coulda teleported either of us to goddamn Australia...but you didn't lift a finger!^ You coulda teleported either of us to goddamn Australia...but you didn't lift a finger!
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You could have turned the gun into steam, the bullets into mercury, the bottle into goddamn snowflakes, but you didn't, did you?
    • Watchmen (film) - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He didn’t glow blue, he was too tall to be Malin, and it couldn’t have been either of us.
    • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You don't really give a damn about human beings.^ LAURIE You really do worry about me, don't you?
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't give a damn about.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You don't really give a damn about human beings.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I've watched you.^ I've watched you.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You never cared about whatsername, Janey Slater, even before you ditched her.^ JANEY SLATER D-damn you, Jon.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You never cared about whatsername, Janey Slater, even before you ditched her.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Never before has a movie review had me screaming "you fucking IDIOT" at my monitor before.
    • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Soon you won't be interested in Sally Jupiter's little girl, either.^ Soon you won't be interested in Sally Jupiter's little girl, either.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ SALLY (CONT'D) Are there no depths you won't sink to?
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You see, Ozymandias differs from pretty much every other character in WATCHMEN (except for Sally Jupiter, I guess) in that he revels in the attention he gets as a superhero.

    .You're driftin' outta touch, Doc.^ You're drifting out of touch, Doc.
    • Watchmen (film) - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You're driftin' outta touch, Doc.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You're drifting outta touch, Doc--I've seen it.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .You're turnin' into a flake.^ You're turnin' into a flake.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ AM: What, you mean that because Watchmen upsets the traditions of superheroes then it’s obvious that we’re “into” those traditions?

    ^ Rorschach is placidly dragged off INTO DARKNESS RORSCHACH (CONT'D) You're locked up in here with me.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .God help us all.
  • You people are a joke.^ God help us all.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Watchmen (film) - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You people are a joke.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you are still not sure why all us nerds were so bunched up and excited for this film, check out my backstory piece from the other night.
    • redblog: Watchmen 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blog.redbox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You hear Moloch's back in town, you think "Oh, boy!^ You hear Moloch's back in town and get your panties in a bunch.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Let's gang up and bust him!"^ Let's gang up and bust him!"
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You think that matters?^ You think that matters?
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you truly think that "Watchmen" is unadaptable, then what does it matter to you?
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    .You think that solves anything?
  • It don't matter squat because inside thirty years the nukes are gonna be flyin' like maybugs...and then Ozzy here is gonna be the smartest man on the cinder.^ It don't matter squat because inside thirty years the nukes are gonna be flyin' like maybugs...and then Ozzy here is gonna be the smartest man on the cinder.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I used to think like you when I was younger.
    • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Then Ozymandias here is gonna be the smartest man on the cinder.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Now, pardon me, but I got an appointment.^ Now, pardon me, but I got an appointment.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .See you in the funny papers.
  • Listen, you little punks, you better get back in your rat holes!^ See you in the funny papers.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Listen, you little punks, you better get back in your rat holes!
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As you can see, if his memory is reliable, the scene will play out a little differently than in the novel.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    I got riot gas, I got rubber bullets… [addressing an angry mob during Keene Act riots]
  • Just don't ask me where I was when I heard about J.F.K.

Jon Osterman/Doctor Manhattan

.
We're all puppets, Laurie.
^ We're all puppets, Laurie.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Doctor Manhattan : We're all puppets, Laurie.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

I'm just a puppet who can see the strings.
.
We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions.
^ We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Today Ms. Faust returns with a walking tour of the Watchmen World and has our sincere, continued and ongoing thanks ...
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

.Yet seen from the another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away.
  • A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles.^ A human is still the same amount of particles whether living or dead – his point is that “It’s not like any particles go missing”.
    • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ DR. MANHATTAN A live human body and a dead human body have the same number of particles.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Yet seen from another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Structurally, there's no discernible difference.^ Structurally there's no difference.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ But as you pointed out in the article Alan, the thing that is different about comics is that there is no movement and there’s no sound.

    Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. .Why should I be concerned?
  • We're all puppets, Laurie.^ We're all puppets, Laurie.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why should I be concerned?
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Doctor Manhattan : We're all puppets, Laurie.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I'm just a puppet who can see the strings.
  • There is no future.^ I'm just a puppet who can see the strings.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is no future.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ AM & DG: No, no, that’s just the guy who in No 11 was coming out.

    .There is no past.^ There is no past.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Do you see? .Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.
  • I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as a photo of oxygen to a drowning man.
  • Yes.^ A symbolic clock is as emotionally reassuring as a picture of oxygen to a drowning man.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I’ve no problem with your view of the movie being truncated and brief (despit the run time) and unable to present a lot of the themes in the book as they should have been, but I don’t agree with your attack on the medium as a whole.
    • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ We see him over time losing more and more of his humanity and his interest in the human race as a whole.
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Yes, he killed Blake and half New York.^ Yes, he killed Blake and millions of others.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The last thing you’re thinking is New York was wiped out a month-and-half ago.

    ^ Genetic Engineering Is The New Nuke : They cloned several human psychics and engineered the squid for Mind Nuking half of New York City.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    Excuse me, Rorschach. I'm informing Laurie ninety seconds ago...I-I'm sorry. It's these tachyons. .They're muddling things up; I'd better follow him inside.
  • Veidt, I am disappointed, Very disappointed.^ They're us dressed up.'
    • Thompson On Hollywood on Variety.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC weblogs.variety.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They're muddling things up; I'd better follow him inside.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They're, muddling things up.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Reconstructing myself after the subtraction of my intrinsic field was the first trick I learned.
  • I've walked across the sun.^ DR. MANHATTAN (CONT'D) Restructuring myself was the first trick I learned!
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Reconstructing myself after the subtraction of my intrinsic field was the first trick I learned.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I've walked across the sun.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I've seen events so tiny and so fast they hardly can be said to have occurred at all, but you...^ LAURIE They said you were on Mars.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ (HOWLS OF DISAPPROVAL) AM: Apparently they said to him: Arnold, would you be prepared to shave your head and paint yourself blue for a film?

    ^ February 17, 2009: INT: Jeffrey Dean Morgan : I can't claim I've never seen GREY'S ANATOMY, because I have a wife and so you'd know I was lying.
    • Watchmen: JoBlo.com's Upcoming Movies: Posters, Plot, Pictures, Cast, News... 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    you are a man. .And this world's smartest man means no more to me than does its smartest termite.
  • The morality of my activities escapes me.
  • Even if I can't predict where I'm going to find you, I can turn these walls to glass.
  • She says I am like a god now.^ I like that you say you aren't a "purist" and then go on to prove that you absolutely are.
    • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I'd like to think I speak for more than a few people in saying that.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I mean, I know you're the smartest man on the planet.
    • Watchmen (film) - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I tell her I don't think there is a god.^ There's still some possibility of improvement and I don't think that improvement goes to being closer to the book, as in updating the political background.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When you think of people you know, there are certain areas of their lives you know a lot about and there are other areas you know nothing about—you get years and years where you don’t know what happened to them.

    ^ There's nothing wrong with long movies if the story warrants length, I don't think you have to earn the right to tell a long story.
    • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .And if there is I'm nothing like him.
  • I'm very disappointed in you, Adrian.
  • Nothing ends, Adrian.^ And if there is I'm nothing like him.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nothing ends, Adrian.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I'm very disappointed in you, Adrian.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Nothing ever ends.
  • In my opinion, the existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon
  • Why must I save the world I no longer have any stake in?
  • I am looking at the stars.^ In my opinion, the existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon Why must I save the world I no longer have any stake in?
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Don't you see the futility of asking me to save a world that I no longer have any stake in?
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The existence of life is a highly overrated ...
    • The Watchmen Store 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.rexanne.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .They're so far away.^ They're so far away.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They are so far away.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They’re the two clearest cases—far clearer than Dr Manhattan, say.

    And their light takes so long to reach us. .All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.
  • I am tired of Earth.^ All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They date terribly but all of those old ones hold a place in your geek memory fron the experience of seeing them as a kid.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    These people. .I'm tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
  • Anything that can happen does happen.
  • Yes.^ Anything that can happen does happen.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I am tired of Earth, these people; I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I'm tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Anybody in the world. ..But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget... I forget. .We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions.^ Today Ms. Faust returns with a walking tour of the Watchmen World and has our sincere, continued and ongoing thanks ...
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    .Yet seen from the another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away.^ This second generation of retir ...more Set in 1985 in New York, the Cold War is still very much alive, Nixon is settling in for yet another term as President, and masked vigilantes are considerably passé .
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

    ^ On our other point - rabid though the haters may be at the moment, my money is on QoS being one that lasts.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Nothing he's done yet has shown that he has the imagination or vision to take on something this huge, so if this really is news, I'm not convinced that it's good news.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg. .Come, dry your eyes.^ Come, dry your eyes.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ TrackBacks (0) " Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen, and keep your eyes wide -- the chance won't come again.

    ^ Dry your eyes...
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    And let's go home.

Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II

.
  • (Examining Dan's Nite Owl II utility belt.^ Same goes for a scene involving Dan (Nite-Owl) and Laurie (Silk Spectre) getting jumped by the Top Knots gang in a dark alley.

    ^ Nite Owl II in Veidt's office] Ancient Pharaohs looked forward to the end of the world.
    • Watchmen (film) - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I did, however, cover their eyes for the attempted rape of Silk Spectre I and the Nite Owl II/Silk Spectre II sex scene (which seemed slightly gratuitous).
    • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    )
    What else have you got in there? Chocolate rations? Boy Scout knife? Army-issue contraceptives?

Walter Kovacs/Rorschach

This city is afraid of me. .I have seen its true face.
  • Last night, a comedian died in New York.^ On Friday night, a Comedian died in New York.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I've seen its true face.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ The last thing you’re thinking is New York was wiped out a month-and-half ago.

    .Somebody knows why.^ Somebody knows why.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Somebody knows.
  • This city is afraid of me. .I have seen its true face.
  • Soon there will be war.^ Soon there will be war.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I have seen its true face.
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ghost in the Machine: Watchmen Archives 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.ghostinthemachine.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I've seen its true face.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    Millions will burn. .Millions will perish in sickness and misery.^ Millions will perish in sickness and misery.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Why does one death matter against so many?^ Why does one death matter against so many?
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished.^ Evil must be punished.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this.^ Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise on this.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Not even in the face of Armageddon.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    But there are so many deserving of retribution ... and there is so little time.
  • .
  • This city is dying of rabies.^ This city is dying of rabies.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Is the best I can do to wipe random flecks of foam away from its mouth?
  • [seeing a dog with its forehead sliced open on a Rorschach test] A pretty butterfly.
  • (To the psychiatrist Dr. Malcolm Long) You keep calling me Walter. .I don't like you.
  • None of you seem to understand, I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me!.
  • Give me smallest finger on man's hand.^ You’re working in here too?
    • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Malcolm Long : You're locked up in here with me , he said.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you don't like it, fine.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I'll produce information.^ I'll produce information.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Computer unnecessary.
  • Is that what happens to us? .No time for friends, only our enemies leave roses?^ No time for friends, only our enemies leave roses?
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A life of conflict with no time for friends… so that when it's done, only our enemies leave roses.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ At the same time, we can't assume to know what's on the minds of our enemies.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Violent lives ending violently
  • [Recollecting killing a dog who'd been feed the dismembered body of a kidnap victim] Shock of impact ran along my arm.^ Violent lives ending violently [Recollecting killing a dog who'd been feed the dismembered body of a kidnap victim] Shock of impact ran along my arm.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (CONT'D) Violent lives ending violently.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ God didn't kill that little girl, fate didn't butcher her and destiny didn't feed her to those dogs.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    Jet of warmth spattered on chest, like hot faucet. It was Kovacs who said "Mother" then, muffled under latex. .It was Kovacs who closed his eyes.^ It was Kovacs who closed his eyes.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It was Rorschach who opened them again.
  • Gun.^ It was Walter Kovacs who screamed, who closed his eyes-- it was Rorschach who opened them again.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    No license. I checked. Very bad.
  • Don't worry. .Won't insult legendary underworld solidarity by suggesting you surrender name without torture.
  • Stood in firelight, sweltering.^ Stood in firelight, sweltering.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Won't insult legendary underworld solidarity by suggesting you surrender name without torture.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. .Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night.^ Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ DG: Just to blow my own trumpet, I didn’t make that suggestion completely at random, I knew they’d be full of colour and adventure and colour and that’s something I like to see in comics.

    ^ It looked great, but, was almost too heavy, I found myself wanting some daylight, felt like EVERY square inch was covered in make-up and paint.
    • At the Movies: Watchmen 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.abc.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there.^ Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone.^ The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. .Devise reason later.^ Devise reason later.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion.^ People who haven’t read the comic aren’t going to buy into any of it; hell, I did read the comic and I didn’t buy in.
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    There is nothing else. Existence is random. .Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long.^ Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ghost in the Machine: Watchmen Archives 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.ghostinthemachine.net [Source type: General]

    .No meaning save what we choose to impose.^ No meaning save what we choose to impose.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces.^ This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces.

    .It is not God who kills the children.^ It is not God who kills the children.

    .Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs.^ God didn't kill that little girl, fate didn't butcher her and destiny didn't feed her to those dogs.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    It’s us. Only us. .Streets stank of fire.^ Streets stank of fire.

    The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. .Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.^ Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Was Rorschach. .Does that answer your questions, Doctor?
  • By the way, you need a stronger lock.^ I love how you completely fail to answer his question about whether the draft you heaped praise on contained this "Slingshot" and "Ozymandias foiled by Owlerang" garbage.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He invests Manhattan with a voice possessed with a Hal 9000 dreaminess as the doctor tries his best to answer the early questions.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Or does it work in a straight “I write it, you draw it,” type way.

    .That new one broke after one shove.
  • Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this.
  • (Refering to the Comedian:) He saw the true face of the 20th century and chose to become a reflection, a parody of it.^ Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise on this.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (Refering to the Comedian:) He saw the true face of the 20th century and chose to become a reflection, a parody of it.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .No one else saw the joke, that's why he was lonely.^ Also liked the Comedian being portrayed in the dark way he was - not a hero, no one really feeling bad that he was gone - but wanting to know why.
    • redblog: Watchmen 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blog.redbox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ No one watching "Ulysses: The Motion Picture" would have any idea why the fucking story was written to begin with.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    .Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor.^ Man goes to a doctor, says he's depressed.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As the injured man's screams fall away to weak, bubbling hitches, the room once again goes silent.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ (CONT'D) I heard a joke once.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    Says he's depressed. .Says life seems harsh and cruel.^ Life seems harsh and cruel.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Says life seems harsh and cruel.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain.^ (CONT'D) Says he feels all alone in a threatening world.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We all feel that we see the world clearly, and everyone around us is somehow confused and mistaken.
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

    ^ What’s the matter, Caesar?” they ask, end he says, “By this age, Alexander ruled the world!” Those people, all of them, would identify with Alexander as the one who’d done it first.

    .Doctor says "Treatment is simple.^ Doctor says "Treatment is simple.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (CONT'D) Doctor says, "the treatment is simple.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight.^ The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Go and see him.^ Go and see him.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .That should pick you up."^ That should pick you up."
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You see her looking at the gun, Jon’s talking in the foreground, she’s bending down, picking something up and you can’t see what it is and put it into her bag.

    ^ Guys just like you are slaughtered, often through the fuck ups of people who should be able to keep them alive.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    .Man bursts into tears.^ Man bursts into tears.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ (CONT'D) The man bursts into tears.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ She bursts into angry tears, and asks me if it’s because she’s getting older.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Says "But, doctor...I am Pagliacci."^ Says "But, doctor...I am Pagliacci."
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains. .Fade to black.
  • (In Rorschach's Journal) Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach.^ Tire tread on burst stomach...

    ^ Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Roschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985 Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach.
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

    This city is afraid of me. .I have seen its true face.^ I have seen its true face.
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I've seen its true face.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    .The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown.^ The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown.
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over all the vermin will drown.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    .The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"...^ The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save us!'
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"...
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I'm very curious to see what Dr. Manhattan himself has to say in his live interview which should be in about an hour or so BOOM, BOOM! Dan looks up.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    and .I'll look down and whisper "No."^ I'll look down, and whisper "No."
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

    ^ I'll look down and whisper "No.""
    • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

    They had a choice, all of them. .They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father or President Truman.^ I thought the change of ending was good, it worked, but I think they could have left the squid.
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ My 2 cents on casting: Love the idea of Tom Berenger for the Comedian, I'm just not sure who they could get to play him in his younger Minutemen days.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ My own choices follow: 1) The Comedian- Michael Ironside or Tom Berenger (Berenger in PLATOON almost IS The Comedian, and Ironside does a good version in STARSHIP TROOPERS).
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    Decent men who believed in a day's work for a day's pay. .Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn't realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late.^ Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn't realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It's cool if you didn't like the film but I'm not really following your point regarding the quality of the action scenes.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I didn’t mind Silk Spectre II’s acting, but they needed an older actress for the old Silk Spectre (though she was really good in the flashbacks) 7.
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Don't tell me they didn't have a choice.^ I don't care that they didn't include the squid or that the black freighter wasn't included ...
    • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody Hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers...^ Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody Hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers...
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers, and all of a sudden nobody can think of anything to say.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Maybe those scenes will work better within the established style and tone of the movie as a whole as it plays out, but I dunno now...
    • The Watchmen dilemma - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    and all of a sudden nobody can think of anything to say.
  • The world will look up and shout "save us" and I'll whisper.......no.
  • I live my life free of compromise, and step into the shadows without complaint or regret.

Other Characters

.
  • Captain Metropolis: Please!^ Captain Metropolis : Please!
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Don't all leave...^ Don't all leave...
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Somebody has to do it, don't you see?^ To take an example, there's a scene involving human entrails stuck to the ceiling (don't you want to see this now?

    ^ So, if you don't know anything about the graphic novel and haven't read it, don't even waste a bad review by going and seeing this amazing movie.
    • redblog: Watchmen 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blog.redbox.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ I don't see how that could be anything but a disappointment if you've just experienced Watchmen filtered through nobody's imagination but your own.
    • The Watchmen dilemma - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Somebody has to save the world...
  • Janey Slater: Some things, once they're busted, they can't ever be fixed.
  • Sally Jupiter: Everyday the future grows a little bit darker, but the past just keeps getting brighter.
  • Big Figure: You're alone in the valley of the shadow, Rorschach, where your past has a long reach, and between you and it there's one crummy lock.^ But you were right about one thing.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ They're, muddling things up.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And that’s all you’re getting for now.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    Think about it.
  • Dr. Malcolm Long: "Later: The Deputy Warden just called. Apparently, Kovacs was involved in an incident today, just after he'd seen me. .It happened during lunch, in the canteen...the guards intervened, dragging Kovacs away to solitary and the other man to the prison hospital.^ It happened during lunch, in the canteen...the guards intervened, dragging Kovacs away to solitary and the other man to the prison hospital.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As they dragged him away, Rorschach spoke to the other inmates.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    According to the deputy Warden, his burns were horrific. .Hot cooking fat...I don't like to think about it.^ SW: I’d like to think of Dr Manhattan like that but I don’t think he’s that profound—Well… not yet.

    ^ Maybe it's impossible to give a screenplay of it a fair shake when we all think we know what it should be and we don't have the illustrations to see what it is going to look like.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't want to think about the future right now.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .As they dragged him away, Rorschach spoke to the other inmates.^ Rorschach quietly pulls him away.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As they dragged him away, Rorschach spoke to the other inmates.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Rorschach is calm as he's dragged away.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .He said 'None of you understand.^ RORSCHACH None of you understand.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When Rorschach makes his declaration in the prison cafeteria (”None of you understand.
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I'm not locked up in here with you.^ I’m not locked up in here with you…You’re locked up in here with me”), holy fuck that was awesome!
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Malcolm Long : You're locked up in here with me , he said.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You're locked up in here with me .'
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You're locked up in here with me.'^ I’m not locked up in here with you…You’re locked up in here with me”), holy fuck that was awesome!
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You’re working in here too?
    • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Malcolm Long : You're locked up in here with me , he said.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .My earlier optimism was obviously unfounded.^ My earlier optimism was obviously unfounded.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    He's just getting worse."
  • Dr. Malcolm Long: You're locked up in here with me, he said. He's right. Absolutely right.
  • Dr. Malcolm Long: I looked at the Rorschach blot. .I tried to pretend it looked like a spreading tree, shadows pooled beneath it, but it didn’t.^ Beneath the plywood groove, you can see what looks like black marble and rounded windows.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    ^ At best, it's campy fun watching James Van Der Beek try to act tough and, instead, end up looking like he's constipated.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Reply roguepirate says: March 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm Looks like im in the small group that didn’t really like the movie.
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It looked more like a dead cat I once found, the fat, glistening grubs writhing blindly, squirming over each other, frantically tunneling away from the light.^ It looked more like a dead cat I once found, the fat, glistening grubs writhing blindly, squirming over each other, frantically tunneling away from the light.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I don't blame him - just look at the history of films that have adapted his work (From Hell, which is more like a guilty pleasure, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V For Vendetta).
    • The Watchmen dilemma - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Looks like Superman Returns has a little more competition now in the ongoing race for my favorite Superhero movie.
    • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    But even that is avoiding the real horror. .The horror is this: In the end, it is simply a picture of empty meaningless blackness.^ The horror is this: In the end, it is simply a picture of empty meaningless blackness.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Because as a symbol of the universe it’s just empty, meaningless blackness.

    We are alone. There is nothing else.

Dialogue

.Police Detective: I think you take this vigilante stuff too seriously.^ But I think you guys are seriously underrating it.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Police Detective : I think you take this vigilante stuff too seriously.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Do you seriously think I'd explain my master-stroke if there remained the slightest chance of you affecting its outcome?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Since the Keene Act was passed in '77 only the government-sponsored weirdos are active.^ Since the costumed adventurers of the 30s and 40s called The Minutemen disbanded in the 50s, masked vigilantes became increasingly unpopular right up to the Keene Act of '77 which made it illegal.
  • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

^ DR. MANHATTAN Yes, since he and I are the only two extranormal operatives currently employed by the government, I was informed.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Serial Killer Killer : After Rorschach's Berserk Button is (irreversibly) pushed, he effectively operates as one; he's pushed further underground by the passing of the anti-superhero Keene Act.
  • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

They don't interfere.
.Detective Steve Fine: Screw them.^ Detective Steve Fine : Damn right, it was.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Detective Steve Fine : Screw them.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Detective Steve Fine : ( answering phone ) Hello?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

What about Rorschach? Rorschach never retired, even after him and his buddies fell out of grace. .Rorschach's still out there somewhere.^ Still, this extended look at Rorschach's sleuthing gives me hope that Jackie Earle Haley, at least, knocked it out of the park.

^ Misaimed Fandom : There are people out there who take Rorschach seriously .
  • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]

^ AM: He’s still wanted for all sorts of shit—busting Rorschach out of prison for one thing.

.He's crazier than a snake's armpit and wanted on two counts of Murder One.^ He's crazier than a snake's armpit and wanted on two counts of Murder One.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

We got a cozy little homicide here. .If he gets involved, we'll be up to our butts in corpses.^ If he gets involved, we'll be up to our butts in corpses.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He gets so involved with his patients that he ruins his marriage and ends up in a deep despair (prompted by Rorschach's poisonous mentality).
  • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

^ We’ll start with the TREASURE ISLAND COMIC SHOP side and work our way up.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]


[Rorschach informs the former Nite Owl II of the Comedian's death.]
.Dan Dreiberg: Maybe this was a political killing?^ Dan Dreiberg : Maybe this was a political killing?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Maybe it was a political killing.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Rorschach: Maybe. .Or maybe someone's picking off costumed heroes.^ Or maybe someone's picking off costumed heroes.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Or maybe someone's decided to kill off costumed heroes.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Someone is killing off costumed superheroes, and the world is on the brink of nuclear war.
  • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

Dreiberg: Um. .Don't you think that's maybe a little paranoid?^ Don't you think that's maybe a little paranoid?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ DAN You don't think that's .
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ That sentence, I don't think it means what you think it means.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Rorschach: That's what they're saying about me now?^ RORSCHACH Is that what they're saying about me now?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ They’re the people we’re concerned about.

^ Rorschach : That's what they're saying about me now?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

That I'm paranoid?
...
.Rorschach: Used to come here often, back when we were partners.^ Rorschach : Used to come here often, back when we were partners.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Dreiberg: Oh. Uh, yeah... yeah, those were great times, Rorschach. Great times. Whatever happened to them?
.Rorschach: [exiting] You quit.^ RORSCHACH You quit.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]


.Happy Harry the Bartender: [scared] Ruh.^ Happy Harry the Bartender : [scared] Ruh.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Ror. Ror. .Rorschach! Har Har How are ya doin', fella?^ Har Har How are ya doin', fella?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Rorschach: I'm fine, Happy Harry.^ Rorschach : I'm fine, Happy Harry.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Happy Harry : Fine!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Yourself?
Happy Harry: Fine! I'm fuh, I'm fine! .And I'm, and I'm, and I'm glad you're fine too!^ I'm just glad you're okay.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ And I'm, and I'm, and I'm glad you're fine too!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Rorschach takes an AEROSOL CAN and a PEPPER SHAKER. DET. FINE (O.S.) ALRIGHT. I HOPE YOU'RE READY, "HERO." Rorschach's mask DISAPPEARS back into darkness.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

And uh, and uh... Oh God. .Please don't kill anybody.^ Please don't kill anybody.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


[Dan and The Comedian, in the midst of a riot]
Dan Dreiberg: But the country's disintegrating. What's happened to America? .What's happened to the American dream?.^ "Whatever happened to the American dream?
  • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

The Comedian: [brandishing shotgun] It came true. .You're lookin' at it.^ You're lookin' at it."
  • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

Now c'mon... let's really put these jokers through some changes.

[Veidt and Rorschach discuss potential suspects in the Comedian's murder.]
.Adrian Veidt: The Comedian had plenty of other political enemies to choose from, even discounting the Russians.^ Adrian Veidt : The Comedian had plenty of other political enemies to choose from, even discounting the Russians.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ DAN I-'m just saying the Comedian made a lot of enemies over the years, even amongst his friends, if he had any.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Outstanding opening, the Comedian had more to him than in the novel, I thought all the other characters except for Adrian were really well done.
  • At the Movies: Watchmen 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.abc.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The man was practically a Nazi.
.Rorschach: He stood up for his country, Veidt.^ Rorschach : He stood up for his country, Veidt.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Never let anyone retire him. Never cashed in on his reputation. .Never set up a company selling posters and diet books and toy soldiers based on himself.^ DAN If we say that Adrian set that up himself, he could've had the hitman shoot his assistant first.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Set-up your account I'm * over 17 13-17 under 13 Parent email * This will never be displayed to others.

^ Then he gave me a poster, some toys, and told me I could come back to the set of his next film if I give him a good plug.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

Never became a prostitute. .If that makes him a Nazi, you might as well call me a Nazi, too.^ DG: Lots of people said it would be a lot more complicated, well—yeah it would but you’ve got to make it obvious for people.

^ At this point, you might as well just base a film on Watchmen and call it something else and spare us all the inevitable obnoxiously unreasonable lashback that will occur if this project goes forward...
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ I never saw him do that in the book, so little things like that just make it too close to the other guy if you know what I mean.
  • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


Edgar Jacobi: Heh. .Well, you know that kind of cancer that you get better from eventually?^ Did you know that he has cancer as-well?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ MOLOCH The kind you don't get better from.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Well, you know that kind of cancer that you get better from eventually?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Rorschach: Yes.
.Edgar Jacobi: Well, that ain't the kind of cancer I got.^ Edgar Jacobi : Well, that ain't the kind of cancer I got.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Well, you know that kind of cancer that you get better from eventually?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Well, that ain't the kind of cancer I got ."


[Retired crimefighters reminisce about the good old days.]
.Laurie Juspeczyk: Hey, you remember that guy?^ LAURIE You remember that crazy guy, what did he call himself .
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Laurie Juspeczyk : Hey, you remember that guy?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ LAURIE I mean, you remember my costume?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.The one who pretended to be a supervillain so he could get beaten up?^ The one who pretended to be a supervillain so he could get beaten up?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ CONTINUED: ( 2) DAN On the surface it doesn't, but hear me out--Adrian's the only one who could've taken on the Comedian in hand to hand combat.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Pretended to be a supervillian just so he could get beat up all the time?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.Dan Dreiberg: Oh, You mean Captain Carnage.^ You know, in Batman it always works but old Dan Dreiberg he makes one and assumes it’ll work.

^ DR. MANHATTAN You mean you're sleeping with Dan Dreiberg?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ DAN I understand, but if you would just tell Adrian that Dan Dreiberg is here, I'm an old friend.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Ha ha ha! He was one for the books.
.Laurie: You're telling me!^ LAURIE You're the Comedian, right?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Laurie : You're telling me!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ LAURIE Are you sure you're ready?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.I remember, I caught him coming out of this jeweller's.^ I remember, I caught him coming out of this jeweller's.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ You are taking me out of here because if you don't, and Jon does come back, I'm going to let him know who was naughty and who was nice.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.I didn't know what his racket was.^ I didn't know what his racket was.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.I start hitting him and I think "Jeez!^ I start hitting him and I think "Jeez!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

He's breathing funny! Does he have asthma?
Dan: Ha Ha Ha. .He tried that with me, only I'd heard about him, so I just walked away.^ He tried that with me, only I'd heard about him, so I just walked away.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Is it a bad thing that I thought about him in a naughty way (but *only* if he kept his mask on)?
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Remember when the Joker was walking away from the hospital in the “Dark Knight” just before he blew it up?
  • The Watchmen dilemma - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He follows me down the street… broad daylight, right?^ AM: But Rorschach has followed him a certain part of the way, you can see that: the “The End of the World…” man follows him down the street.

He's saying "PUNISH me!" I'm saying "No! Get lost!"
Laurie: Ha Ha Ha. What ever happened to him?
.Dan: Well, he pulled it on Rorschach, and Rorschach dropped him down an elevator shaft.^ Rorschach quietly pulls him away.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ DAN Uh, well, he pulled that on Rorschach and Rorschach dropped him down an elevator shaft.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ He COLLAPSES. Dan and Rorschach find them as Laurie approaches Adrian's body DAN Laurie, shoot him again!
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.Laurie: PHAAA HA HA HA! Oh, God, I'm sorry, that isn't funny, Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!^ CONTINUED: LAURIE Oh my god.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ DR. MANHATTAN No, thermodynamic miracles are-- LAURIE Oh God, Jon.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ LAURIE Sorry, sorry, that's not funny.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Dan: Ha Ha Ha! No, I guess it's not... It's a little funny...
Laurie:Ahuh. .Ahuhuhuh...Jeez, y'know, that felt good.^ Ahuhuhuh...Jeez, y'know, that felt good.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.There don't seem to be that many laughs around these days.^ There don't seem to be that many laughs around these days.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I'm surprised so many forget that Moore choose the majority of the songs IN THE BOOK. (Similarly, people seem to forget there was also a lot of blue penis involved in the book as well.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There’s no mention of his mother but he seems to have these really strange relationships with women—with Laurie and with Janey Slater.

.Dan: Well, what do you expect?^ Dan : Well, what do you expect?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

The Comedian is dead.

.(A therapy session begins.^ (A therapy session begins.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

)
Dr. Malcolm Long: Hello, Rorschach. .How are you today?^ How are you today?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Rorschach: In prison. Yourself?

Dr. Malcolm Long: Walter, is what happened to Kitty Genovese really proof that the whole of mankind is rotten? .I think you've been conditioned with a negative worldview.^ Besides, I think you've done enough homework on superhero lore this past few months.
  • The Watchmen dilemma - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By Meinert on February 20, 2009 8:51 AM I also think you should wait till you've seen the movie.
  • The Watchmen dilemma - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I love how you've dug in and all of your negativity towards the project is because of one draft.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

.There are good people, too, like...^ Ihope it is good, but I am one of the few people who didn’t like the Graphic Novel.
  • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It might well be a good film, I hope it is but mainly because I would like to think it gets people reading the source material.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ Watchmen is a good movie if you read the comics,not a lot of people read it that also means that there will not be sequels or prequels.
  • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Rorschach: Like you?^ Rorschach : Like you?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ DG: On one level you could say we’re talking about the whole of Watchmen like that—as a Rorschach inkblot.

^ RORSCHACH I came here to warn you both, just like I warned Adrian and Dan.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Dr. Malcolm Long: Me? .Oh, well, I wouldn't say that.^ Oh, well, I wouldn't say that.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

I...
Rorschach: No. .You just think it.^ You just think it.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ With so many great comics out there you think that they'd just pick a different one to make.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ Frankly, Mori, if you think the totally compromised and cowardly V movie was a decent adaptation then you just didn't get the book.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

.Think you're 'good people'. Why are you spending so much time with me, Doctor?^ Why are you spending so much time with me, Doctor?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Think you're 'good people'.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ RORSCHACH Why are you here with me, doctor?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Dr. Malcolm Long: Uh...well, because I care about you, and because I want to make you well...
.Rorschach: Other people, down in cells.^ Rorschach : Other people, down in cells.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Behavior more extreme than mine.^ Behavior more extreme than mine.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ CONTINUED: (2) RORSCHACH There's other men in here with behavior more extreme than mine.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.You don't spend any time with them...but then, they're not famous.^ You don’t have to look twice at the actors in full costume and make up to know who they are playing.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

^ I don't want to touch on any of the specific symbols here, but they're used in such a way that they never overshadow the plot, but are not so buried to become obscure.
  • Watchmen (Paperback) by Alan Moore - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

^ Why are you spending so much time with me, Doctor?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Won't get your name in the journals.^ Won't get your name in the journals.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.You don't want to make me well.^ You don't want to make me well.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ PSYCHIATRIST Because I want to make you well.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Don you want the ordinary, delux, or the super?

.Just want to know what makes me sick.^ Just want to know what makes me sick.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I never saw him do that in the book, so little things like that just make it too close to the other guy if you know what I mean.
  • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I just wanted to make sure that it isn't another case of Jack Thompson-like simplistic thinking.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.You'll find out.^ You'll find out.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If you look at issue 1 you’ll see when the two detectives walk out of Blake’s apartment building there is almost the embryo of the situation at the end.

^ You should check with your carrier to find out what plans your carrier offers and how much the plans cost.
  • Watchmen - International Trailer | SPIKE 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

Have patience, Doctor. .You'll find out.^ If you look at issue 1 you’ll see when the two detectives walk out of Blake’s apartment building there is almost the embryo of the situation at the end.

^ You should check with your carrier to find out what plans your carrier offers and how much the plans cost.
  • Watchmen - International Trailer | SPIKE 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ Anyway, I came by to find out if you had any idea who was murdering Watchmen.
  • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


.Rorschach: Visited underworld bars and began hurting people.^ Rorschach : Visited underworld bars and began hurting people.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Put fourteen in hospital needlessly.^ Put fourteen in hospital needlessly.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Fifteenth gave me an address.^ Fifteenth gave me an address.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Disused dressmaker's in Brooklyn.^ Disused dressmaker's in Brooklyn.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

[describing an old investigation to prison psychiatrist.]

.Rorschach: [examining the same inkblot test, the second time, and answering honestly] Dog.^ Rorschach : [examining the same inkblot test, the second time, and answering honestly] Dog.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I’m told that Veidt will fight Rorschach, Nite Owl and Laurie at the same time.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

.Dog with head split in half.^ What do you think split the dog's head.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Dog with head split in half.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Dr. Long: And, uh. What do you think split the dog's head. In half.
Rorschach: I did.

[a riot occurs in the prison due to Rorschach's presence]
.Prison Inmate: We wanna piece, Big Figure!^ Rorschach's presence] Prison Inmate : We wanna piece, Big Figure!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ INT. PRISON HALLS - NIGHT Big Figure runs, turns a corner, ducking into the BATHROOM. Rorschach sees this and walks serenely after him .
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ [Big Figure is forced to have Larry killed so he can get into the prison cell]] Big Figure : We'ere gonna cut through there and then that bastard's gonna find out what the Score is!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Big Figure: Sure.^ Big Figure : Sure.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Thanks-giving's Early this year, but everyone gets a piece of turkey. It's just I get to carve. Now beat it.

.Big Figure's Henchman Larry: [reaching into the bars of Rorschach's Prison Cell] You lousy little bastard! I'll tear your goddamned heart out!^ RORSCHACH Out of prison.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Big Figure grins at Rorschach.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ BIG FIGURE Now you find out what the score is.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.You're dead, you unnerstand?^ You're dead , you unnerstand?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ DAN You're dead!
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ FAT THUG You're dead, Rorschach!
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.Dead! We got a jail full of guys out here who hate your guts.^ We got a prison full of killers out here!
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ AM & DG: No, no, that’s just the guy who in No 11 was coming out.

^ Come out of us and give us your gut feeling.
  • The Watchmen dilemma - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

What in hell do you got?
.Rorschach: [grabbing his arms] Your hands.^ Rorschach : [grabbing his arms] Your hands.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ RORSCHACH Your hands.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ RORSCHACH Lie again, I'll break your arm.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

My perspective.

[Big Figure is forced to have Larry killed so he can get into the prison cell]]
.Big Figure: We'ere gonna cut through there and then that bastard's gonna find out what the Score is!^ [Big Figure is forced to have Larry killed so he can get into the prison cell]] Big Figure : We'ere gonna cut through there and then that bastard's gonna find out what the Score is!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I just figures he was there to ask Dr M’s big blue penis to join the Avengers.
  • Watchmen: The Abridged Script | The Editing Room 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.the-editing-room.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Big Figure's Henchman Larry : [reaching into the bars of Rorschach's Prison Cell] You lousy little bastard!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Rorschach: One-nothing.^ Rorschach : One-nothing.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ RORSCHACH One-nothing.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Your move. Come and get me.

Rorschach: There. Did what had to be done. Can leave now.
Laurie: Really? Are you sure? .We don't want to get too reckless and go diving headfirst into things!^ We don't want to get too reckless and go diving headfirst into things!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ MS: He wants firm ideas of what he’s got to do—it people say “Go to Vietnam” or whatever… DG: That’s an interesting thing… MS: He’s got no motivation at all.

^ AM: The irony of it is, when they said we don’t want you to do the Charlton characters it was because they could see what a radical interpretation we were going to put on them—which would spoil them.

.Rorschach: (Having just drowned Big Figure in a toilet bowl) Hurm.^ Rorschach : (Having just drowned Big Figure in a toilet bowl) Hurm.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Big Figure grins at Rorschach.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Rorschach backs away from the door as Big Figure trembles in excitement.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Good advice. .Sure there are many who would agree with you.^ I'm sure there are many who'd agree with you.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Sure there are many who would agree with you.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ While I agree with you, the movie was already pushing 3 hours, there is no possible way to include those humanizing stories without neglecting the main characters.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]


Rorschach: Gloves. Hat. Shoes. There, think that's everything we-
Mrs. Shairp: Oh God! I- it's... oh .God, what are you doing here?^ LAURIE Jon, did you say some--Rorschach: What are you doing here?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

I... look, please, .I don't want any trouble, okay?^ I don't want any trouble, okay?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There’s trouble on the way courtesy of Adrian Veidt and you don’t want to be around when it gets here.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

I...
Rorschach: Mrs. Shairp. .Long time no see.^ Long time no see.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ SW: That’s what I meant about the sequences in No 11 when you see time jump back a little each time so that you see someone get across the road then you see them start to cross.

^ Because he's not sure if Adrian will see him-- it's been a long time.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.Told press I'd made sexual advances to you.^ Told press I'd made sexual advances to you.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Not true. Very bad.
Mrs. Shairp: No! I never said that! I got misquoted! .Oh God, please don't...^ Shairp : Oh please, don't say that.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Oh God, please don't...
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ MOLOCH Oh God, please.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.Nite-Owl: Rorschach?^ Veidt will catch the bullet fired by Laurie but will not break Nite Owl’s nose with a plate and does not pin Rorschach to the table.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

^ I’m told that Veidt will fight Rorschach, Nite Owl and Laurie at the same time.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

^ And poor Nite Owl and Rorschach will be walking to the retreat from Owl’s ship.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

Come on, man... leave it.
Rorschach: Can't. Slur on reputation. Serious business. .How much did they pay you to lie about me, whore?^ How the heck did they do that?
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

^ I love how you completely fail to answer his question about whether the draft you heaped praise on contained this "Slingshot" and "Ozymandias foiled by Owlerang" garbage.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ They did a good job - can you imagine the pressure of pandering to the average movie goer AND satisfying the rabid nerds?
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Mrs. Shairp: Oh please, don't say that. .Not in front of my kids...^ Not in front of my kids...
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

please. They... they don't know.
.Rorschach: [Pause, looking at frightened child] Got what we came for.^ Rorschach : [Pause, looking at frightened child] Got what we came for.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Finished here now.^ Finished here now.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Let's go.

.Nite-Owl: Rorschach...?^ Nite-Owl : Rorschach?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ [Rorschach informs the former Nite Owl II of the Comedian's death.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nite-Owl : Rorschach...?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Rorschach, wait! Where are you going? .This is too big to be hard-assed about!^ This is too big to be hard-assed about!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I think it says something about our social climate that we can have a movie come out with a big opening weekend and that movie contains philosophies and questions that are hard to deal with.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

We have to compromise!
Rorschach: No. .Not even in the face of Armageddon.^ Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise on this.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Not even in the face of Armageddon.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Never compromise.

.Doctor Manhattan: I'm leaving this galaxy for one less complicated.^ For one a little less complicated.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Doctor Manhattan : I'm leaving this galaxy for one less complicated.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Adrian Veidt: But you'd regained interest in human life...^ I, I thought you regained an interest in human life.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ LAURIE You're right, Jon--what does human life matter next to a, a neutrino.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Adrian Veidt, which, if you'll recall, is how he made most of his fortune...
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

Doctor Manhattan: Yes, I have. .I think perhaps I'll create some.^ FJ: He has a different perception, because in 12 he cares about life, then he looks at the globe and says “I think I’ll go and create some life somewhere else”.

^ AM: He’s always been removed from humanity but, especially since leaving Earth and going to Mars, he’s just completely gone, especially that line about “I’ll go and create some human life”.


.Adrian Veidt: I did the right thing, didn't I? It all worked out in the end.^ I hope the project works out right.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Adrian Veidt : I did the right thing, didn't I? It all worked out in the end.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I did the right thing.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Dr. Manhattan: 'In the end'? Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.

.Doctor Manhattan: Thermodynamic miracles...^ Doctor Manhattan : Thermodynamic miracles...
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

events with odds against so astronomical they're effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such a thing. .And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg.^ And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter...^ Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter...
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Those are four good ones, too -- better than Harry is giving them credit for -- especially Anakin piloting a squadron of Y-wings against General Grievous' warships.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged.^ You will either love or hate this movie.
  • At the Movies: Watchmen 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.abc.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ You or your mother.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold...^ To distill so specific a form from all of that chaos; Your creation is like .
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold...
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Thermodynamic miracles--events with odds against so astronomical, like oxygen turning into gold.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

that is the crowning unlikelihood. The thermodynamic miracle.
Laurie Juspeczyk: But... if me, my birth, if that's a thermodynamic miracle... .I mean, you could say that about anybody in the world!^ Yes, you could say that.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ I mean, you could say that about anybody in the world!
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I was convinced that when he was with Laurie on Mars and he was saying, “I can see the future… sort-of, and I’m killing somebody” that he was lying to her about not being able to tell who it was—the reason being that he could see himself murdering her.

Dr. Manhattan: Yes. Anybody in the world... .But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget...^ But the world is so crowded with miracles that they become commonplace and we forget.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Is the world really under the control of its most powerful people or are they just part of the design, the same as the rest?

^ What’s the matter, Caesar?” they ask, end he says, “By this age, Alexander ruled the world!” Those people, all of them, would identify with Alexander as the one who’d done it first.

I forget. .We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions.^ We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Today Ms. Faust returns with a walking tour of the Watchmen World and has our sincere, continued and ongoing thanks ...
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

.Yet seen from another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away.^ Yet seen from another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Yet seen from the another's vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nothing he's done yet has shown that he has the imagination or vision to take on something this huge, so if this really is news, I'm not convinced that it's good news.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Come... dry your eyes. .For you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.^ For you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Most interesting thing: I had no idea that Alan Moore was inspired by Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" for the Black Freighter, a song which, when you hear it, quite simply IS The Black Freighter.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HOLLIS With all this talk of war, all that's going on in the world, it's a shame the government forced all you guys out.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.Dry your eyes...^ Dry your eyes.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

and let's go home.

Laurie Juspeczyk: Is that what you are? .The most powerful thing in the universe and you're just a puppet following a script?^ The most powerful thing in the universe and you're just a puppet following a script?
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Most interesting thing: I had no idea that Alan Moore was inspired by Brecht's "Pirate Jenny" for the Black Freighter, a song which, when you hear it, quite simply IS The Black Freighter.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

.Doctor Manhattan: We're all puppets, Laurie.^ DAN LAURIE-- Laurie and Dr. Manhattan BURST INTO PARTICLES--they're gone.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ DR. MANHATTAN Rorschach--you're upsetting Laurie.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ LAURIE (CONT'D) I'm sorry, I--You startled me, that's all DR. MANHATTAN 1 I don't know what stimulates you anymore.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.I'm just a puppet who can see the strings.^ (BEAT) I'm sorry, it's just a little unnerving to be with someone who can see the future, or whatever you call it.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]


.Doctor Manhattan: You sound bitter.^ DR. MANHATTAN You sound bitter.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.You're a strange man, Blake.^ You're a strange man, Blake.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ You're a wanted man.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ DAN You're the world's smartest man, Adrian.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.You have strange attitudes to life and war.^ You have strange attitudes to life and war.
  • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

The Comedian: Strange? Listen... once you figure out what a joke everything is, being the .Comedian's the only thing that makes sense.^ I mean, that whole cancer thing with ion, does that make sense to you?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ If you take them as one, long Bond movie it not only makes more sense, but also seems even more kick assed.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It’s the only thing that makes him feel ALIVE. .
  • Watchmen Review | The Movie Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themovieblog.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Doctor Manhattan: The charred villages, the boys with necklaces of human ears... these are part of the joke?
The Comedian: Hey... I never said it was a good joke! I'm just playing along with the gag...

.Nite-Owl: Look, I just meant we took enough unnecessary risks retrieving your outfit this morning...^ Nite Owl will have his winter outfit though.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

^ As for your choices, I absolutely agree on James Garner as NITE OWL I, great pick.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Again, we were not told who was going to be in the shot, but as soon as I saw what one of the actors was wearing and his glasses… I knew right away I was looking at Nite Owl and knew what the scene was to be.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

Rorschach: Unnecessary? .Cowering down here in sludge and pollution, conjuring names on screens, learning nothing: that is unnecessary.^ Cowering in the sludge, from the authorities, that's unnecessary.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Give me smallest finger on man's hand. I'll produce information. Computer unnecessary. This face, all that's necessary... all I need.

Detective Steve Fine: (answering phone) Hello? Yeah, Detective Fine speaking. A tip? Sure. What's your name...? No name, huh? Okay, that's acceptable. So what do you have? Raw what? .Did you just say "shark"? Raw shark?^ Or did you just discover…?

^ LAURIE Jon, did you say some--Rorschach: What are you doing here?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ I'm just sick of hearing all these people say that it's the only way it can be done (although I'm not as convinced as you are that HBO's got the dinero to make it happen).
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

.Why should I want to know where to find...^ And if you want people to respect your opinion and hold fire on the person you say you know, you should maybe not have a go at others.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

.(Fine realizes what the informant is trying to say; "Rorschach")...^ DG: But what I’m trying to say is I really believe that Alan and I doing it is intrinsic to its success.

^ RORSCHACH --had my say Rorschach realizes what just happened.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

raw shark. Okay. .Yeah, I know who we're talking about.^ So yeah, we're not optomistic about it, ESPECIALLY considering Moore's track record.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ DG: On one level you could say we’re talking about the whole of Watchmen like that—as a Rorschach inkblot.

^ Well, yeah, of course I worry about you, I mean, we're, y'know, friends-- Laurie takes off his glasses .
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Now where...? Okay. Got that. When will he be there? Is he...? Yeah. Understood. We're on our way. 'Bye. (hangs up phone)
.Police Detective: Steve, you're kidding!^ But sit down in front of the Cartoon Network for a day and tell me they're not marketing this to kids, and I'll call you a fucking liar.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ BLAKE (CONT'D) You're Sally Jupiter's kid.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

That wasn't about...?
Detective Steve Fine: Damn right, it was. .After all these years, somebody just handed us that bastard's head on a plate.^ "A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Snyder deserves credit just for being able to create a serviceable movie under these guidelines, but only time will tell if the extended is the masterpiece that we all want it to be.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I'm just sick of hearing all these people say that it's the only way it can be done (although I'm not as convinced as you are that HBO's got the dinero to make it happen).
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

(Fine and the detective leave the police station) C'mon, man. We got a date. Let's go ignore some red lights.

.Richard Nixon: (seeing attack on New York) Why haven't we been warned!?^ Nothing short of an alien attack on New York would unite the world.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER : It’s being said that there are three people capable of destroying the world: The Premier of Russia, President Nixon and… You.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

^ NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER : Some say that you have the power of a God because you can see the past and future simultaneously.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

Secretary: Because...it's not...the Soviets.

Doctor Manhattan: Where are you going?
Rorschach: Back to owlship. Back to America. .Evil must be punished.^ Evil must be punished.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

.People must be told.^ People must be told.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

Doctor Manhattan: Rorshach... you know I can't let you do that.
Rorschach: Huhhh... of course. Must protect Veidt's new utopia. .One more body amongst foundations makes little difference.^ With so many great comics out there you think that they'd just pick a different one to make.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ Besides, I've already had one wanted person visit me, another one won't make a difference.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ If you take them as one, long Bond movie it not only makes more sense, but also seems even more kick assed.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Well? What are you waiting for? Do it.
Doctor Manhattan: Rorshach...
Rorschach: Do it!

Jon's Accident

Doctor Manhattan: I am looking at the stars. They are so far away. And their light takes so long to reach us. .All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.^ They date terribly but all of those old ones hold a place in your geek memory fron the experience of seeing them as a kid.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

It is July 1959 and I am in love. Her name is Janey Slater. She is a physicist like me. I am thirty years old. We were introduced by a good friend of mine from college, Wally Weaver. .It is February 12 1981; Wally dies of cancer, of which they now say I am the cause.^ RORSCHACH Is that what they're saying about me now?
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

That night Janey and I made love for the first time. A month from now the accident awaits me. I cross the room to the intrinsic field center, I find my watch. When I get to the door, Wally is turning white. I am terrified. It is May 12 1959 when I am introduced to Janey. She buys me a beer, the first time a woman has done this for me. As she passes me the cold, perspiring glass, our fingers touch. I feel fear for the last time. A token funeral is held, there is nothing to bury. Janey frames the snapshot; it is the only photograph of me anyone has. A circulatory system is seen by the perimeter fence. .A few days later, a partially muscled skeleton appears in the hallway, and screams for a moment before vanishing.^ But you don’t go beck to the same moment as before you jump back a few seconds.

^ EXT. PYRAMID INDUSTRIES - MOMENTS LATER Hearing SCREAMS outside, Rorschach bursts out of the WAREHOUSE-- (CONTINUED) 98.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

They call me Doctor Manhattan. They explain the name has been chosen for the ominous associations it will raise in America’s enemies. They are shaping me into something gaudy, something lethal. .In January 1971, President Nixon asks me to intervene in Vietnam, something that his predecessors would not ask.^ He was also asked about the level of detail the movie would have, whether or not repeated viewings would always reveal something a viewer missed.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

^ And I wondered if it would be any point in making it now too, without maybe making it in end of 90's and changing the president to, say, Reagan or George Bush the first, or something.
  • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

A week later the conflict ends. Some of the Viet Kong forces want to surrender to me, personally. .Hollis Mason, a retired costume hero, writes a book.^ It's a fake 1975 interview with Hollis Mason (the original Nite Owl) about his Behind The Mask book.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Finally, we come to HOLLIS MASON (aka Nite Owl), 70s, though his eyes sparkle with strength and his face still shows the edges of a born hero.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ HOLLIS I may be retired from the costume, but my sleeping habits have never changed.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

In it he calls my arrival the “dawn of the superhero”. I am not sure if I know what that means. It is Christmas, 1963. Janey tells me that she is afraid, and worried. She says I am like a god now. .I tell her I don’t think there is a god, and if there is I’m nothing like him.^ FJ: He’s more like the Watcher or something—there to observe what interests him.

^ There's still some possibility of improvement and I don't think that improvement goes to being closer to the book, as in updating the political background.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

^ When you think of people you know, there are certain areas of their lives you know a lot about and there are other areas you know nothing about—you get years and years where you don’t know what happened to them.

I tell her I still want her, and that I always will. As I lie to her, it is September 4 1970; I am in a room full of people wearing disguises. A very young girl looks at me, and smiles. She’s beautiful. After each long kiss, she plants a smaller, gentler one upon my lips, like a signature. Janey accuses me chasing jailbait. .She bursts into angry tears, and asks me if it’s because she’s getting older.^ (CONT'D) The man bursts into tears.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Picture Julius Caesar bursting into tears at the age of 32..

^ CONTINUED: (4) She leaves as fast as she came, bursting into tears.
  • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

It’s true. .She’s aging more noticeably every day.^ There were more than 100 of us of varying ages, athletic ability and mobility and yet we surged forward with convincing gusto in every take.
  • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

While I am standing still, I prefer the stillness here. .I am tired of Earth, these people; I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.^ MS: The Kirby stuff: all these people being smashed through walls and being hit for miles—you just take no notice these days.

They claim their labors are to build a heaven, yet their heaven is populated with horrors. Perhaps the world is not made, perhaps nothing is made; a clock, without a craftsmen. It’s too late, always has been, always will be, too late.

Fictional Publications

The publications here exist only in the fictional Watchmen universe unless otherwise noted.
  • I never said, "The superman exists, and he's American." What I said was,"God exists, and he's American."
    • Dr. Milton Glass, Dr. Manhattan: Super-Powers and the Superpowers
  • We are all of us living in the shadow of Manhattan.
    • Dr. Milton Glass, Dr. Manhattan: Super-Powers and the Superpowers
  • No, I don't mind being the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one. .
    • Adrian Veidt, interview in Nova Express
  • [Responding to question on how much of putting on a superhero costume is a "sex thing".] No, I don't… Well, let me say this, for me, it was never a sex thing.^ Guess what?...There is no perfect film (Bond or otherwise) and really there never will be (ok...I guess here's where someone says "What about 'Citizen Kane'?
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ MS: Another thing I found something of a contrivance is, well, Adrian Veidt is a perfect physical specimen and all, but him catching a bullet?

    ^ MS: He wants firm ideas of what he’s got to do—it people say “Go to Vietnam” or whatever… DG: That’s an interesting thing… MS: He’s got no motivation at all.

    It was a money thing. .And I think for some people it was a fame thing, and for a tiny few, God bless 'em, I think it was a goodness thing.^ I don't think a 12 hour HBO deal sounds good, but Peter Jackson has shown that people (and theatre owners) will embrace 3 hour films.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ But maybe it's a good thing: the sound of Rorschach's voice (or at least what *I* think his voice sounds like) will be something that I and I alone will know, forever.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It might well be a good film, I hope it is but mainly because I would like to think it gets people reading the source material.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    I mean, I'm not saying it wasn't a sex thing for some people, but, no, no, I wouldn't say that's what motivated the majority…
    • Sally Jupiter, interview in Probe.

Excerpts from Rorschach's Journal

.
I shall go and tell the indestructible man that someone plans to murder him.
  • Rorschach's Journal.^ Rorschach lets him go.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ DAN Maybe, but the Comedian murdered; Jon exiled; Someone tries to shoot Adrian; Rorschach gets arrested.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ AM: But Rorschach has followed him a certain part of the way, you can see that: the “The End of the World…” man follows him down the street.

    October 12th, 1985. Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. .The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save us!'^ I'm very curious to see what Dr. Manhattan himself has to say in his live interview which should be in about an hour or so BOOM, BOOM! Dan looks up.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Moreover, he doesn't have any of that "i feel so guilty about what I am" stuff that Bourne suffered, which cloyingly let the liberal audiences off for enjoying all of the murdering he did in the trilogy.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Jon serves her some WATER. LAURIE Can't you just tell me how this all ends and save us the trouble?
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .And I'll look down, and whisper 'no.'^ It’ll look like a mad house on screen, but let me state for the record that no extras were injured during the filming of this scene.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    They had a choice, all of them. .They could have followed in the footsteps of good men like my father, or President Truman.^ My 2 cents on casting: Love the idea of Tom Berenger for the Comedian, I'm just not sure who they could get to play him in his younger Minutemen days.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ My own choices follow: 1) The Comedian- Michael Ironside or Tom Berenger (Berenger in PLATOON almost IS The Comedian, and Ironside does a good version in STARSHIP TROOPERS).
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ That I felt I should share with everybody becuase, what the fuck, it's another chance to see my name: What if they did Watchmen like Curtis Hanson did L.A. Confidential.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    Decent men, who believed in a day's work for a day's pay. .Instead they followed the droppings of lechers and communists and didn't realize that the trail led over a precipice until it was too late.^ It's cool if you didn't like the film but I'm not really following your point regarding the quality of the action scenes.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ We nearly didn’t use it because we thought nobody would believe it—they’ll think this is a really stupid contrivance.

    .Don't tell me they didn't have a choice.^ I don't care that they didn't include the squid or that the black freighter wasn't included ...
    • Watchmen Review | Pajiba - Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pajiba.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Now the whole world stands on the brink, staring down into bloody hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers, and all of a sudden nobody can think of anything to say.
  • This city is dying of rabies.^ I think those are all of the main players.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Frank Herbert managed to turn Dune into a Perry Rhodan for the ’80s with all those sequels.

    ^ I think all Activision games had those covers.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 16 September 2009 7:48 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Is the best I can do to wipe random flecks of foam from its lips?
  • Beneath me, this awful city, it screams like an abattoir full of retarded children. New York. On Friday night, a Comedian died in New York. .Somebody knows why.^ Somebody knows why.
    • Watchmen - Television Tropes & Idioms 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tvtropes.org [Source type: General]
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    Down there... somebody knows. The dusk reeks of fornication and bad consciences. .I believe I shall take my exercise.
  • 42nd Street: Women's breasts draped across every billboard, every display, littering the sidewalk.^ Remembering the drawn streets from the comic, I turned to my left and there, across the street from the newsstand, was the Promethean Cab Company.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    Was offered Swedish love and French love, but not American love. .American love; like Coke in green glass bottles, they don't make it anymore.
  • I leave the human cockroaches to discuss their heroin and child pornography.^ You don’t have to look twice at the actors in full costume and make up to know who they are playing.
    • Comic Related - www.comicrelated.com - Watchmen 1-Page 25 September 2009 10:47 UTC www.comicrelated.com [Source type: General]

    ^ AM: And also people actually liked the cowboys, whereas… FJ: —people don’t really like the heroes in Watchmen , do they?

    ^ Dude most of the people here would like to read what you've read but they don't have access to it.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    I have business elsewhere, with a better class of person.
  • Meeting with Veidt left bad taste in mouth. He is pampered and decadent, betraying even his own shallow, liberal affectations. Possibly homosexual? .Must remember to investigate further.
  • I shall go and tell the indestructible man that someone plans to murder him.
  • On Friday night, a Comedian died in New York.^ I thought I should tell you the bad news--the Comedian has been murdered.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Brings him to the window with the great New York view.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ FJ: So don’t go looking, Steve, when you visit New York.

    .Someone threw him out of a window and when he hit the sidewalk his head was driven up into his stomach.^ Someone threw him out a window.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ However, I do share your hope that the property can be hit out of the park by whoever winds up directing it.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The INTRUDER seems to regard Blake a moment-- --then, with incredible strength, he LIFTS BLAKE OVER HIS HEAD AND THROWS BLAKE THROUGH THE WINDOW. Blake never makes a sound as he plummets to the sidewalk.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    Nobody cares. Nobody cares but me.
  • There is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise on this.
  • Paid last respects quietly, without fuss. Edward Morgan Blake. .Born 1924, forty-five years a Comedian, died 1985, buried in the rain.^ Born 1944, buried in the rain.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And Bruce Campbell is born to play The Comedian, although I still kinda like the Ron Perlman rumor from last year.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    Is that what happens to us? .A life of conflict with no time for friends… so that when it's done, only our enemies leave roses.
  • Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor.^ Man goes to a doctor, says he's depressed.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ At the same time, we can't assume to know what's on the minds of our enemies.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ FJ: Yes, because it’s only really 2 years back in our time.

    Says he's depressed. .Says life seems harsh and cruel.^ Life seems harsh and cruel.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain.^ (CONT'D) Says he feels all alone in a threatening world.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ What’s the matter, Caesar?” they ask, end he says, “By this age, Alexander ruled the world!” Those people, all of them, would identify with Alexander as the one who’d done it first.

    .Doctor says "Treatment is simple.^ (CONT'D) Doctor says, "the treatment is simple.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight.^ The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Go and see him.^ Go and see him.
    • Watchmen - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .That should pick you up."^ That should pick you up."
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You see her looking at the gun, Jon’s talking in the foreground, she’s bending down, picking something up and you can’t see what it is and put it into her bag.

    ^ Guys just like you are slaughtered, often through the fuck ups of people who should be able to keep them alive.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    .Man bursts into tears.^ Picture Julius Caesar bursting into tears at the age of 32..

    Says "But Doctor... I am Pagliacci." Good joke. Everybody laugh. .Roll on snare drum.^ Roll on snare drum.
    • Watchmen (film) - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Curtains.
  • Away down alley, heard woman scream, first bubbling note of city's evening chorus.^ As the injured man's screams fall away to weak, bubbling hitches, the room once again goes silent.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    Approached disturbance. Attempted rape/mugging/both. Cleared throat. The man turned and there was something rewarding in his eyes. .Sometimes, the night is generous to me.
  • Waiting for a flash of enlightenment in all this blood and thunder.
  • If reading this now, whether I am alive or dead, you will know truth.^ I read up on this stuff, you know.

    ^ Tonight, for the first time i saw the DIRECTOR's CUT of Dawn of the Dead (2005) and you know what?
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The Watchmen could draw in a wide demographic with all the generations that have read the book, maybe even lead to new subscribers.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: General]

    Whatever precise nature of this conspiracy, Adrian Veidt responsible. .Have done best to make this legible.^ (CONT'D) I have done my best to make this legible.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    Believe it paints disturbing picture. .Appreciate your recent support and hope world survives long enough for this to reach you, but tanks are in East Berlin, and writing is on wall.
  • For my own part, regret nothing.^ (CONT'D) I appreciate your recent support and hope the world survives long enough for this to reach you.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ For my own part, I regret nothing.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We took enough unnecessary risks bringing Archie up so you could get your spare costume.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    .Have lived life, free from compromise ...^ I have lived my life free of compromise, and step now into the shadow without complaint.
    • Watchmen Script at IMSDb. 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imsdb.com [Source type: General]

    and step into the shadow now without complaint.

See also

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Watchmen is a Hugo Award-winning graphic novel. It was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. In 2005, Time magazine listed Watchmen as one "the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present".[1]

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