I'm not sure whether to applaud Zack Snyder's guts, or worry that a mob of "Watchmen" purists might march to his door with torches and pitchforks. Despite Snyder hinting to MTV back in August that the ending of "Watchmen" would have very few (if any) changes from the graphic novel, reports from a test screening last month suggested that the film's ending had been tweaked from the original graphic novel. [Patrick Wilson, who plays Nite Owl, also hinted to MTV that the end of the film would remain the same.]
In the "new" ending, the moral dilemma was the same, but the mechanics were different -- and missing in action was one highly anticipated giant squid. The reviews were quickly pulled from the Internet forums they appeared on, and many were skeptical they were real. Theories circulated that Warner Bros was testing alternate endings to see if they could appeal more to mainstream audiences.
"The fans, god love 'em, they're all up in arms about the squid," said Snyder. "What they should be up in arms about are things like shooting the pregnant woman, 'God is real and he's American', whether THAT'S in the movie. That's my point of view, maybe I'm crazy."
"The squid was not in the movie when I got the script, the squid was never in any draft that I saw," continued Snyder. "My point is only that there was this elegant solution to the squid problem that I kind of embraced. I'm a fan of the thing as much as anyone, I was saying what are we going to do about this before I even read the script."
The director remained ambiguous on whether he had ever done squid work in pre-production, as was rumored, and he remained tight-lipped on what has replaced Ozymandias' psychic creature. [Previously, MTV spoke with Matthew Goode, who plays Ozymandias, about the CGI creatures he interacts with in the film.] While the scenes Snyder mentioned are important, I'm curious what will happen to the plot threads that lead up to Alan Moore's ending. If the movie is faithful to the book, as everything we've seen suggests, what becomes of all those bits and pieces? Will it be able to hold up at the end?
It's time for you to sound off, readers -- do you approve of Snyder changing the ending? If the intent is the same, do the mechanics matter? Or do you think he should have stuck with Moore's?