On top of being a certified rock star, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is also living the life that most of us geeks can only dream of. In addition to his hit comic book series, Dark Horse Comics' "The Umbrella Academy" (the new "season" of which -- "Umbrella Academy: Dallas" -- we previewed here on Splash Page a few weeks back), Way and the boys of MCR are also contributing a song for the upcoming, ridiculously-anticipated comic flick, "Watchmen." For Way -- a hardcore fan of the original groundbreaking comic series -- it couldn't get any better...or could it?
"I don’t want to say too much but as far as the placement right now, it’s integral to the ending of the film," said Way, revealing that things have changed since our earlier report that MCR's cover of "Desolation Row" would be confined to playing over the end credits. "And that gave me goose bumps, and not because we did the song, but because it works that well I feel. I’ve seen the part that we’re integral to -- we’re talking about the very end."
Way's enthusiasm for his music's place in what is easily the film that any comic book fan worth their Mylar are counting down to can only be outdone by his love of the source material. When asked for his personal take on the hotly-debated, controversial ending, Way let his nerd flag fly.
"Whenever I see a change like that in the film, you simply have to ask yourself, 'Does this change actually make more sense?'" said Way. "It’s not an ego thing. And that’s the one thing that fans need to understand: none of it is to appease the studio. I know [director] Zack [Snyder] has fought really hard to keep this a pure vision. And I think the change that people are mentioning doesn’t make it an impure thing."
And like any true-blue fanboy, once you get Way going on a comic that he loves, it's hard to get him to stop.
"I personally loved the giant squid – and I’ve always loved giant squids – but from what I’m hearing, the changes he’s made reels it into the actual characters, and actually, in some ways, makes more sense. " Way continued. "You've always got to remember, the comic’s the comic, and the film’s the film. First of all, I don’t think it’s going to be bad, but if something like that were to happen, the comics still my comic. It does things in the comic that you’ll never do in a film. And that’s just what it is."
MCR fans -- are you happy to hear that "Desolation Row" will now be playing at an "integral" part of "Watchmen"? "Watchmen" fans -- do you agree with Way's take on the ending to the film? Let's hear it in the comments.