What We Talk About When We Talk About Watchmen
Dan: In the second-to-last batch of footage, we saw -- and it was definitely an assemblage of footage, not literally how the sequence is going to play out -- Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's rescue of Rorschach. Again, Zack Snyder's style of fast/slow action.
Zach: It certainly wasn't a very flashy fight; it was a very serviceable fight. Although, there was one really cool moment where Nite Owl kicked a guy into the air and then punched him down into the ground, and that was pretty impressive. I also think it was cool when Silk Spectre dropped to one knee and Nite Owl jumped off of her back to high-kick somebody. It was a very standard fight scene, and I don't remember exactly how the fight played out in the book, but I remember it not being terribly fantastic and that they were probably both out of breath by the time it was over, and maybe not as cool and collected as they seemed in the footage. But I got to tell you, the one thing that really jumped out at me there was Big Figure and the casting of Big Figure in that scene.
Dan: And what'd you think of that?
Zach: Well, I have to say, I don't know how many little people are actively involved in the entertainment industry nowadays, but I have to imagine there are some that are over the age of 30 or 40 or however old the guy who played Mickey on Seinfeld was. And he's a fine actor, but he's got dark hair and a beard, and Big Figure was definitely an older, more distinguished guy who'd been in prison a while. He'd been sent there a while ago and he had a lot more to be bitter about as far as Rorschach went. And I'm very curious to see the scene that leads up to what we saw. We only saw him running, panicked, from Rorschach who was already in full costume. And I can't wait to see him and his goons trying to get at Rorschach because the way Rorschach dispatches the goons in the comic is pretty impressive, so I'd be interested to see how much of that pretty bloody occurrence happens on the big screen.
Dan: I do agree with you about Mickey. There's something about Big Figure being older that is vital to the character. Millions of people have watched Seinfeld and even though he's only in a handful of episodes, when people see him they'll instantly think, "Oh, that's Mickey from Seinfeld." I felt taken out of the movie for the first time in all of this footage, and I think that's a problem. If you're going to use Mickey, at least shave his beard and color his hair so he looks a little more like Big Figure.... I also thought that when we see Rorschach in this sequence, he already has his entire costume on. In the comic, he's still in his prison clothes and he doesn't get his back-up outfit until he goes back to his apartment. I read on another site that someone asked Zack about it and he explained that there's going to be a scene where Rorschach goes back to the prison psychiatrist's office and gets his gear from there because that's where it was being kept. Maybe the rationale is that the psychiatrist was examining it or something. So that was the other thing besides Mickey that bothered me a little.