What We Talk About When We Talk About Watchmen
Dan: No, I didn't notice that, but now that you mention it, you're right. But I have a feeling that the footage that we saw was very incomplete. Not just because the visual effects may not have been final, but it because if felt like the editing was too choppy to be final. I have to think there's going to more there in that sequence that what we actually saw in this screening.
Zach: That said, there was a lot there. And, again, as it was playing, I was thinking, "Wow, don't we come back to a lot of these scenes and actually spend some time in them in the actual book?" I remember a lot of the shots happening in the sequence as they happen -- him kissing Laurie on the roof, him being in the meeting, Janey crying -- but I'm pretty sure there's a scene in the book with them at that first meeting with the Crimebusters....
Dan: Yeah, it's in chapter 2. The entire Crimebusters meeting is part of the Comedian's origin story, and then it's referenced again later. One of the other big memes in the bigger conversation about this movie has been whether Zack will have enough time to do the book justice. If you consider that he just took an entire issue about Dr. Manhattan and boiled it down to a few minutes, maybe the question now is: is he compressing too much? Or at least too much for people to process? But again, I feel like this was just the edited footage that they wanted to show us and that there's going to be more to Dr. Manhattan's origin than what we saw. At least I hope so.... What did you think of the voice-over? Other people are also commenting on Billy Crudup's voice, and I'm also wondering if there's going to be some kind of vocal effect implemented for the final cut, because it was a little weird to me to hear Billy Crudup's very normal voice as Dr. Manhattan. In the comic book, whenever Manhattan speaks, there's this special box implying that his voice is more monotone and otherworldly. Billy Crudup has a fine voice; it was actually very warm and there were a lot of subtle notes to it, but it sounded human and Dr. Manhattan is no longer human.
Zach: I think a vocal effect would be great idea. It's obviously not too late for them to do something like that. I wouldn't be surprised if they were still fine-tuning how they want Rorschach's voice to sound, too. But, you know, if it's just Billy Crudup's voice, it's no great shakes to me. Billy Crudup has a nice voice, so I'm fine with whatever they do.