‘Watchmen’ Loses Taste for Squid?
According to /Film, a screening for Watchmen occurred last week for a test audience without preexisting ties to the graphic novel. Despite rave reviews of the film, there are reports that Zack Snyder has significantly altered the story’s ending. How, you ask? Well, it’s spoiler-heavy, so click below to find out…
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/Film reports that those who attended the screener post reviews on IMDb message boards. The reviews were quickly pulled, but information has leaked that the assault on New York City has been changed from Ozymandias’ giant mutated squid.
"Instead," reports /Film, "Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias build a machine that mimics Dr. Manhattan’s powers and Ozy uses the machine to set off atomic bomb like explosions in various cities around the world."
/Film cites several fans of Watchmen describe the squid’s use as "probably not the best way to go. The new ending supposedly works thematically, and isn’t that what is realy important? … [Is] it possible that Snyder could have went for a better ending?"
Collider has an interview with Kevin Smith, who has seen Watchmen. He describes the film’s ending:
"It’s a little different. While it is a slight departure, it actually makes sense in the context of the story because it brings the characters back into it. It kind of makes the movie more about them by the end of it because of the switch they made. I would never say that Alan Moore fucked it up or something. I love the ending of the Watchmen comic book, but I think this ending works just as well."
In the novel, Ozymandias utilizes such an extreme, visually bizarre monster to rally the human race together as a species against a common enemy, thereby insuring peaceful resolution to impending armageddon. If the film’s ending has changed as reported, Snyder will need to find a new way to sell Ozymandias’ plan, as an onslaught of nuclear attacks on various cities would likely only fuel global tensions.
We, personally, just love giant squids. Be it Watchmen related or just a normal giant squid, we’re all about the slimy sea suckers. How ’bout you? Feel short-changed by Watchmen‘s potential lack of exploding mutant squid? Let us know!