Say what you may about Zack Snyder’s adaptation of The Watchmen, while the ending strayed a bit from the original comic book storyline, the movie was pretty much on target.
Now it’s learned that The Watchmen was too much on target for producer Joel Silver, who recently departed Warner Bros. last year.
Speaking with Coming Soon, Joel Silver takes some shots at Snyder’s vision of The Watchmen, describing it as “a slave to the material,” and offers his own take on how it should have ended, which includes a “twist.”
Silver says in regards to his movie that:
It was a MUCH, much better movie. I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it back from the studio at that point.
Silver offers how his version, which had Terry Gilliam on board as director, would have went:
Instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing which was too hard and too silly, what he did was he maintained that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure. He felt that THAT character really altered the way reality had been. He had the Ozymandias character convince, essentially, the Doctor Manhattan character to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. He was the only character with real supernatural powers, he went back and prevented himself from being turned into Doctor Manhattan, and in the vortex that was created after that occurred these characters from “Watchmen” only became characters in a comic book.
Oh yeah. So the three characters, I think it was Rorschach and Nite Owl and Silk Spectre, they’re all of the sudden in Times Square and there’s a kid reading a comic book. They become like the people in Times Square dressing up like characters as opposed to really BEING those characters. There’s a kid reading the comic book and he’s like, “Hey, you’re just like in my comic book.” It was very smart, it was very articulate, and it really gave a very satisfying resolution to the story, but it just didn’t happen. Lost to time.