What We Talk About When We Talk About Watchmen
Zach: The shot that stuck out was where Dr. Manhattan has been dispersed by Ozymandias' intrinsic field generator and Ozymandias thinks he's won, and then he looks up, and through the dome, in his stately palace in Antarctica, there's giant Dr. Manhattan reaching through with his hand to grab Ozymandias... it's pretty amazing. They showed just a few seconds, but it's just a giant Dr. Manhattan attack and it's pretty cool. There were other things that were pretty cool -- there's the dream sequence where Nite Owl and Silk Spectre are kissing right before they get evaporated by a nuclear mushroom cloud.
Dan: Going back to Dr. Manhattan, something we forgot to mention about his footage is that we've seen that shot of Dr. Manhattan "becoming" in that radiation chamber in the trailer and we've seen him blowing up Vietnamese peasants in the trailer, but in the movie itself, both of those scenes are much bloodier and R-rated than the trailer implies. We saw him blow away some mobsters in a nightclub and their guts and blood and everything else is hanging off the ceiling. I mean, it's really wonderfully disgusting.
Zach: Oh man, talk about using a cannon to destroy a fly. It's horrible, just the bones and the viscera...
Dan: That's one of those moments where you do get the sense that Dr. Manhattan is truly a god among humans, and that people are shocked and staring up at him. Seeing him reassembling a tank didn't do it for me, because I feel that Iron Man could reassemble a tank. But when he kills these people in such an immediate, emotionless way, such a brutal way, you could see in the faces of the people left standing that this is a divine, or at least a much more powerful, being here.
Zach: Yeah, you get the sense that he'd have to be completely divorced from his humanity to do something like that. And it's so much more clear when you're seeing it in a film, and it's all over the walls. What human being could do something like that? And it's certainly very shocking. I'm also interested to see, pervert that I am, how high Snyder amps up the sex quotient in this. Because there isn't really any on-panel sex in the comic book, but thinking back to the lengthy sex scene in 300 where Leonidas is saying good-bye to Queen Gorgo.... The Owl Ship love scene had a lot happen off-panel in the comic book, but I get the feeling that Zack's going to put more that on-screen in the movie.