What We Talk About When We Talk About Watchmen
Zach: Yeah, it is suspicious that the psychiatrist would have his whole outfit and not just the mask. Wouldn't that be in an evidence room somewhere? And keep in mind that when he goes back to his apartment to get his costume, that's when he also gets his diary so he can mail it, which sets up the big epilogue to the comic book. So I'm just wondering how they're going to make that work, or if that epilogue even happens. That epilogue was just perfect.
Dan: I'd be shocked if they didn't have that epilogue. My wild guess is that if they can come up for a rationale for the costume to be in the psychiatrist's office in prison, they can come up with either a rationale for the journal to be there, too, or have Rorschach go back to this apartment anyway -- though that would negate having the costume in prison. No matter what they do, it won't be as clean as it is in the comic, but I'm assuming Zack needs to compress time wherever he can.... Another thing that stood out for me in that footage -- which, again, speaks to how the movie is a different medium than the comic book -- is right at the beginning when we see Nite Owl and Silk Spectre talking just after they've had sex. One of my favorite moments in the entire Watchmen graphic novel is the sequence at the end of that issue, where Nite Owl says, "I think we should break Rorschach out of prison," and the next panel is just the Owl Ship, silent. It's almost like there's a pause and Silk Spectre is too stunned to speak. And then the final panel is her saying, "What?" I just love that, but that doesn't translate at all to the film, and in the footage we saw, the dialogue is essentially the same, but we lose entirely that wonderful pause that was in the comic book. Maybe there's just no way you could duplicate that on-screen with the same impact.