The Watchmen Dialogues, Vol. 1

Dan: I loved seeing stuff that you almost forgot was in the comic. It's like he took things that were sentences that someone could easily gloss over and forget and he made them into these sequences. At no point in the comic book does the Comedian kill JFK. It's referenced in a one-line joke somewhere, but you never actually see it. But we see it in the opening credits and it's probably one of the most startling shots (no pun intended).

Zach: Though there's also that old promotional poster where it's the Comedian in a window of a building with a rifle. I don't know if they actually show that it's a book depository or what was going on there...

Dan: Yeah, and that promotional poster was done by Dave Gibbons, but that image is not in the book. And not to get too hyper-geeky [Editor's note: Too late!] but I think if you look closely at the poster, you see a banner or maybe bunting above the parade ground, which I don't think was in Dallas when Kennedy was shot. So I always interpreted it as that he's assassinating somebody, but not Kennedy. But in the comic book itself, he does make joke along the lines of, "Don't ask me where I was when I heard about Kennedy getting shot." But in the movie, you actually see it.... So the opening sequence was mind-blowing and I was really disappointed when it ended because I really wanted to hear Rorschach's voice, which we heard for maybe like two sentences in this advance footage. I'm dying to hear him say, "Dog carcass in alley this morning." I want to hear those words. I almost wanted those words to be the first words spoken in the movie, and they're not going to be, but I want to hear them as soon as possible because that truly is what's going to make this movie real for me.

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.

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