Dave Gibbons Confirms There is No Squid in Watchmen
by Alex Billington
February 7, 2009
One of the biggest questions surrounding the Watchmen movie that still remains unanswered, for good reason, is about whether or not the "squid" ending remains intact. While we're not going to spoil the ending, there's nothing wrong with telling you what will not be appearing in the movie - and that's the squid. Artist Dave Gibbons appeared at the New York Comic-Con earlier today during Warner Brothers' Watchmen presentation and fielded questions from fans after sharing some new footage. When asked about the squid, Gibbons tried to dodge the answer, but did eventually say "the outcome is exactly the same as the novel."
Gibbons added that "the McGuffin is different in the movie and I think you know what I mean." He's obviously talking about the squid. "I think it has to stand as a good movie… The reality is you have to make changes, and I think it's been done very well." What Gibbons is saying, basically, is that the final outcome in the end will be the same as the graphic novel, in theory, but the squid won't be the way it gets to that end. Ah shucks! But is it really that big of a problem? I mean, really? Gibbons later went on to talk about how the squid was a "special effect" and it would not just work with the movie. I couldn't agree more!
There may be others out there more qualified in speaking about the squid than I, but from what I know of the ending in the graphic novel and the movie, I think it's a smart and appropriate decision on Zack Snyder's part to not have the squid. I don't know why everyone keeps bringing up the squid as the essential part, especially because the point is not that it's the squid, but it's what the squid causes and what actually happens at the end. And as long as that ending, and that theory of it, is still intact, which as Gibbons says it is, then why be worried? Even without the squid, I'm sure Watchmen is still going to be phenomenal.