From the secrets in the film's advertising campaign to Zack's difficult decisions on what had to be added and subtracted from Alan Moore's classic graphic novel to the Easter eggs in the movie and the secrets of the "Watchmen" universe, we've tracked it all.
But now that "Watchmen" is going mainstream, we have to remember that not everyone has memorized every word of the graphic novel. So, taking both the nerds and the newbies into consideration, here's our official MTV News primer on the "heroes" that you'll soon see thrill, chill and (in some cases) kill on the big screen.
Based On: Blue Beetle
You'll Be Reminded Of: Batman
"I wanted to wear the black T-shirt at the end," Patrick Wilson remembered of Dan Dreiberg, a retired, paunchy hero who feels inadequate in many ways and spends most of the film sulking in his apartment — until a fling with Silk Spectre returns his manhood. "The only time we see Dan in short sleeves is after they have sex; all of a sudden, he's got his pants up high, and he's feeling good!"
Based On: Captain Atom
"I am naked often, but I was not naked — that I recall — during filming," grinned Billy Crudup, discussing the groundbreaking techniques that allowed him to portray Jon Osterman, a brilliant scientist who becomes God-like after a horrible accident gives him immeasurable power. "I wore pretty elaborate pajamas that were studded with about 1,200 blue LEDs, so that Manhattan would glow blue. There was also motion-capture symbols on them, and I had 140 dots on my face — and all those things corresponded to points on the computer Dr. Manhattan. My performance was basically manipulating that puppet."
You'll Be Reminded Of: The Question from TV's "Justice League Unlimited"
"If Rorschach were real, every bank CEO and every member of Congress would have a broken finger," laughed Jackie Earle Haley, who plays the mentally deranged, morally upright hero and claims Walter Kovacs wouldn't be pleased with the unscrupulous circumstances behind our present economy. Joking, he added: "[Rorschach] is warm, fuzzy, lovable and likable — so I had to play him."
"She's one of the boys," the beautiful Malin Akerman said of Laurie Juspeczyk, who follows in the footsteps of her mother (Carla Gugino) by taking on the "Silk Spectre" name and dressing in a sleek, sexy superhero outfit. "But she doesn't lead with her sexuality, for me. This is a story of her coming of age."
Based On: Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt
"It's a good one to have," Matthew Goode said of Adrian Veidt's superpower: He's the smartest man alive. "But it's not a great comparison between us, really. I'm not that intelligent."
You'll Be Reminded Of: The Punisher
"I really wanted to get away from that nice-guy deal," Jeffrey Dean Morgan told us of why he took on the complicated character, going beyond his "Grey's Anatomy" heartthrob to play a cigar-chomping mercenary for hire who has also been known to rape, murder and maim — yet still considers himself a hero. "[I wanted to see] if there was a human living within this monster of a man."
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