Patrick Wilson Confirms Watchmen's Ending Will Be Like the Graphic Novel
There is one thing that everyone should be excited to see this weekend on top of The Dark Knight - the first Watchmen trailer. I happened to get an early look at it this week and it truly took my breath away. But alas, that will officially launch at 9PM PST on Thursday - so check back in then. However, as buzz begins to pick up on Watchmen, one of the big questions on the minds of fans is whether or not they're going to keep the original ending. If you've read the graphic novel, you know it ends in an epic and gory way - but it's pretty damn perfect and exciting. Of course, we're not going to straight out tell you exactly how the Watchmen ends, because that would be ridiculous! But Patrick Wilson, who plays Nite Owl in the movie, talked with MTV recently and assured them they're keeping it the same.
So to address this concern, especially since the new Batman movie hits theaters this weekend, Wilson explains why he looks quite a bit like Batman, saying "the comparisons to Batman are perfect and right on, because no one is trying to say that they're all that different, it's all done on purpose." Back on the topic of the actual movie, Wilson also says that "Zack [Snyder] tried to put everything he could in and he left it to the studio to cut it and tell him what he can't fit in." For example, "the script we started with, every scene has something different than what's on the page. That's the fun of it, building it as you go." I'm a fan of that idea - letting the director develop the film as he is seeing it unfold in front of his eyes in real life. And I think that will only help this adaptation more than anything.
If you're still doubting Zack Snyder and his abilities, just wait until you see the Owl Ship rise out of the water in the trailer or Dr. Manhattan vaporize soldiers in Vietnam - I think you may start to change your mind. But if you need any additional assurance, Wilson gives us a bit more. "Zack loves the graphic novel and he wants to tell the most faithful story he could, but obviously, changes had to be made, things had to be cut. Yet any question I had about adding something, if it helped the scene, he would say, 'Sure, if it works, great.'" Wilson also adds in his own appreciation for the comic's writer Alan Moore, saying "I love everything [he] does. He really deconstructs comic book characters, and he's just fearless. All the good and the bad, you have to respect it." And that's what leads him directly into connecting that respect for the material with Zack Snyder's directorial decisions.
When asked if they'd changed the ending, Wilson apparently just laughed. "I have to say, if you know how much Zack believes in it, you wouldn't believe he would go that far from the graphic novel. I don't know how those rumors start, but that'd be a stretch!" Beyond that statement, I'm not going to begin to even spoil the ending if you're not already familiar with it. You're more than welcome to do your own research on Wikipedia, but fans of the comic should have a smile on their face after hearing that. I'm definitely very excited myself to see the rather epic conclusion to the fantastic story play out on screen, especially after watching two hours of these characters beforehand. I think by that time we'll have established such an amazing connection with them, thanks to Zack Snyder, that it'll be hard to see them go.
Stay tuned for the debuting of the breathtaking new trailer this weekend and even more exciting coverage from Watchmen all next week live from the San Diego Comic-Con!