Watchmen Comic-to-Movie Direct Comparisons
by Alex Billington
December 3, 2007
Incase you missed them, last Monday a set of four new photos from Watchmen were posted on the official blog from Zack Snyder. The photos were of the New York backlot set that was built up in Vancouver, BC and they're some of the most impressive, full-fledged sets of New York City I've ever seen. Zack Snyder knows what he's doing, that's undeniable. If you need further proof, Maxim has done a little work of their own and provided direct comic-to-movie comparisons.
"From the kid reading the comic to the fat guy wearing the cabby hat, this one seems like a loyal representation. Now we have to wait and see if the actor can capture the newsie's grumpiness."
The Nixon Poster
"The devil horns make the movie version seem a little cheesier and less ominous than the one in the book. Also, the swastika and Nixon's name in huge letters take it way over the top. At least they didn't get cute and change it to Dick Cheney."
"We really like the old beat-up sign for the movie version, but the crooked letter might be overdoing it just a little. Even if it's not exactly like it is in the book, it has a very old New York look, which is fine with us."
"The outside of the Gunga definitely got the Hollywood treatment. All that neon makes it look like a restaurant you'd see in Vegas or on Main Street, USA, in Disney World rather than a grimy New York street. We would still eat there, though, as long as their milk shakes are good."
My hat goes off to Maxim for doing the work and scanning the pages on this. Don't fret, however, as by the time this arrives in March of 2009 we'll have our own set of comparison photos and other in-depth Watchmen coverage. As each and every day passes by, I continue to be more and more impressed with Watchmen. Be ready for one hell of a movie come March of '09!
Watchmen will arrive in theaters on March 6th, 2009. The film is directed by Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead, 300) and stars Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Matthew Goode. Stay tuned for more Watchmen coverage, photos, and more right here at FS.net!
Note on the Nixon poster; He's got Mickey Mouse ears, right around the horns. I don't mind the graphitti, it makes sense people would tag it. To be honest, though, the look of the movie is my last concern. The key is capturing the complex characters and even more complicated philosophy, especially the life on mars stuff.
Robert Jaffe on Dec 5, 2007
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