What We Talk About When We Talk About Watchmen
Zach: Unfortunately, the only words we've heard from Rorschach were, like, "I have to go to the bathroom" in the footage we saw.
Dan: The last thing I want to say about the opening sequence is that I'm not a fan of the Bob Dylan usage going on there with "The Times They Are A-Changin'" playing throughout. I get what Zack's saying there; this is an alternate history of the world, so yeah, literally, the times have changed. But the song seemed so clichéd and played out and brings to mind bad Wonder Years episodes or something. It feels out of place in this movie. It didn't feel like a fresh, edgy choice to me.
Zach: Considering that the sequences in the opening credits stretched from the 1930s up to the 1970s, I think it was a good choice to represent that era. I don't want My Chemical Romance to be playing over that, you know? I think it continued a tone set by "Unforgettable" in the opening fight sequence... but besides the literal appropriateness of the song, I think the pessimism and bleakness of a lot of Bob Dylan's music and its connection to the protest movement of the 1960s and '70s underscored the scenes here. I'm sure they could have found something less depressing or just gone with the standard orchestral score -- it could made things very dramatic and everything -- but I think Dylan was a different choice and a daring choice. It's clichéd, but I also think very appropriate.
Dan: Personally, it just felt jarring to me, just the quality of Dylan's voice didn't seem right for this movie. It just evoked things that this movie doesn't evoke, like hippies or whatnot. But Zack Snyder's a huge fan of this song because he also played it as the intro music at his San Diego Comic Con pane, so it ain't going anywhere. So moving on, finally, the next footage we saw was Dr. Manhattan on Mars, look back at the accident that created him, his relationship with Janey Slater, leaving her, hooking up Laurie, and then finally building his castle in the sky there....
Zach: When I was watching it, I noticed that the flashbacks seemed fairly linear in how they progressed. I didn't see any flashes to the future. I'm surprised there weren't any bounces forward to when he sees himself talking to Laurie, for instance, and she's crying. Did you notice that?