Screenwriter David Hayter Asks You to See Watchmen Again
by Alex Billington
March 11, 2009
This isn't a desperate plea from screenwriter David Hayter, it's an enthusiastic request from one true fan to another. Hayter has been working on Watchmen since 2000. It's more than just a passion project for him and everyone involved, including fellow writer Alex Tse and director Zack Snyder. It's sad that we've had to see two people involved with Watchmen write open letters (producer Lloyd Levin also wrote one during the legal battle), but this time, Hayter is truly dead on. "You there, with the Smiley-face pin. Admit it. All this time, you've been waiting for a director who was going to hit you in the face with this story."
I suggest everyone read the full letter on HardcoreNerdity, but I've pulled the important parts below.
So look, this is a note to the fanboys and fangirls. The true believers. Dedicated for life.
If the film made you think. Or argue with your friends. If it inspired a debate about the nature of man, or vigilante justice, or the horror of Nixon abolishing term limits. If you laughed at Bowie hanging with Adrian at Studio 54, or the Silhouette kissing that nurse.
Please go see the movie again next weekend.
You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week. If you care about movies that have a brain, or balls, (and this film's got both, literally), or true adaptations -- And if you're thinking of seeing it again anyway, please go back this weekend, Friday or Saturday night. Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it'll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we'd like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again.
Because face it. All this time…You there, with the Smiley-face pin. Admit it.
All this time, you've been waiting for a director who was going to hit you in the face with this story. To just crack you in the jaw, and then bend you over the pool table with this story. With its utterly raw view of the darkest sides of human nature, expressed through its masks of action and beauty and twisted good intentions. Like a fry-basket full of hot grease in the face. Like the Comedian on the Grassy Knoll. I know, I know…
You say you don't like it. You say you've got issues. I get it.
And yet… You'll be thinking about this film, down the road. It'll nag at you. How it was rough and beautiful. How it went where it wanted to go, and you just hung on. How it was thoughtful and hateful and bleak and hilarious. And for Jackie Earle Haley.
Trust me. You'll come back, eventually. Just like Sally.
Might as well make it count for something.
Look, I'm going to admit, that to write my review, I demanded I see the movie a second time. I was so awe-struck after the first screening, that I felt I just was completely unable to write a legitimate review. I had to see it twice. And I did see it twice before I wrote it. There is so much to gain out of seeing Watchmen for a second time, it's almost unbelievable. Because when you start to get more of out of the story, it's then that you really start to realize that Zack Snyder did have it all in there and that there is so much more to it, just like the graphic novel. I've seen it three times and still keep discussing it every single day.
The best argument that Hayter makes for seeing it a second time is that the graphic novel itself requires multiple readings. I'm sure there are those of you who have read it once and completely understood it, but I ask, how many of you have read it multiple times. Why does this matter? Because there is so much you get from revisiting it, even revisiting certain parts. Obviously you can't revisit individual parts of the movie until it's on DVD, but I promise you'll gain some new perspective by seeing Watchmen a second time. There is so much riding on the success of Watchmen that this request goes beyond just gaining more insight.
Please, do yourself a favor, do David Hayter a favor, do Zack Snyder a favor, and see Watchmen again!