Watchmen Artist Dave Gibbons Visits The Set - And Loves It!

December 17, 2007
Source: Official Watchmen Blog

Watchmen Artist Dave Gibbons Visits The Set

Although it's been long-documented that legendary comic book author Alan Moore will never support any movie based off of his work (including From Hell, V for Vendetta, or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), that's not the case with Dave Gibbons, co-creator and artist of Watchmen. Dave Gibbons visited the set of Watchmen at some point in December, and recently updated the official Watchmen blog with his report, and it's a good one. Here's how he starts: "It's perhaps the most surreal experience of my life." Sounds like a very good sign to me that Zack Snyder knows what he's doing if the original artist of the graphic novel loved being there.

Dave Gibbons is an English writer and artist, who has provided illustrations for Green Lantern Corps, Watchmen, and The Rann/Thanagar War, among many other comic books and graphic novels. Here is Gibbons' full post from the blog:

It's perhaps the most surreal experience of my life.

There they are, in a shadowy clubhouse, standing around a map of the USA, just as we'd imagined them. The smoke of the Comedian's cigar hangs in the air as I drink in the details of the scene. Framed old copies of The New York Gazette tell stories of past exploits; trophies glint in glass-fronted display cases; Moloch's solar weapon shines in a dusty corner and over there, on its mannequin stand, the faded costume of the original Nite Owl keeps silent vigil.

Then, a sudden flash of unearthly blue light announces the arrival of Dr. Manhattan and the tableau comes to life. The voices of quarreling heroes rise and fall, a Zippo flares and the map catches fire.

Somewhere, someone shouts "Cut!"

And I'm standing amongst them. Nite Owl shakes my hand. The Comedian slaps me on the back. Silk Spectre smiles a dazzling greeting. I'm overwhelmed by the depth and detail of what I'm seeing.

But more than that. I'm overwhelmed by the commitment, the passion, the palpable desire to do this right.

I'm starting to feel a glow that eclipses even Dr. Manhattan's…

-Dave Gibbons
December 2007

Such an incredible recollection of his experience on set. Below is a photo of Gibbons with Dollar Bill's costume on display behind him. Dollar Bill is an old superhero, part of the Minutemen, who were from the early story in the Watchmen universe. You can read more on Dollar Bill in the first comment below. This continues to show that Zack Snyder is paying incredibly close attention to detail in the film.

Dave Gibbons on the Watchmen Set

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The suit is from one of the old superheroes, the Minutemen, he was called Dollar Bill,originally an athlete from Kansas he was an in-house superhero for a natinal bank, hence his name. The custome was kept in his memory since he died trying to stop a raid in a bank and his cloak became entangled in the bank's revolving doors and he got shot to death. It's not Night Owl suit.

Fernandezoom on Dec 17, 2007


Thanks for the update on the costume in the background of the photo... Very intricate details that I think only the most hardcore fans would know, but that's why I love this. Everyone is afraid Zack Snyder won't be able to pull of a good Watchmen, but then you look and see he even made costumes like this one for Dollar Bill and is making sure every last tiny thing in the novel is covered. That's brilliant filmmaking...!

Alex Billington on Dec 17, 2007


i dont know anything about watchmen the graphic novel, but this makes me want to very much! i love it when people put that much detail and passion into a movie, the audience can feel all that excitment even if they dont know what it is or where it came from. awesome. now, who is the night owl??

sarah on Dec 18, 2007


"pull of a good Watchmen" snigger..... I shall now go and grow up

Dr.Duvel on Dec 18, 2007

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