It's Watchmen Time: Dave Gibbons on the Movie
On Zack Snyder's Changes to the Story:
"Strangely enough, if Zack had stuck exactly with everything I drew, I would be very disappointed because I think it's important that the movie stands as a good movie, and a good movie isn't just a literal translation of every single comic-book panel. And I really loved where things have been amalgamated and made filmically much better because of that."
On the Level of Detail in the Movie:
"Having seen this particular [advance] footage three times myself now, I've noticed things every time I've watched it. And I think just as you can read [the comic book] and then go back and see another layer, I'm pretty sure that when this comes out on DVD, people are going to be going through it frame by frame to discover stuff. So I think that's another way it will really resemble the experience of the comic book but in filmic terms."
On Convincing Alan Moore to See the Movie:
"I don't think it's my job to convince Alan to do anything, and I wouldn't even go there. And I don't know what he'd think of it. I rather not be drawn into hypothetical speculation about Alan's thought processes."
On How Mainstream Moviegoers Will React:
"I think another example of why this being made now is very, very timely is because it stands in relation to the superhero movies [in the same way] that the comic book did to the superhero comic books at the time. In other words, the average moviegoer understands superheroes -- they know about secret identities and Owlcaves and nuclear-powered heroes. So they come in and they immediately know what it's about. And just as I like to think the readers of comics in the 1980s [did], they will find questions being asked that they maybe haven't thought of before, like if there was a Dr. Manhattan, what would the world be like? If there really were superheroes, what would they really be like? And I think it will be satisfying to moviegoing audiences for that if nothing else -- and there's plenty else to be satisfied about."