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Originally posted by Psynarchist
1 - The scene where Dan (Night Owl) is in Veidt's (Ozymandius) office while Veidt is being interviewed, we see a Zeppelin flying straight towards the twin towers. Not so much in the original comic, so why add it to the movie? (It's really hard to see in the pic so I outlined it in red, but in the movie it's clearly the twin towers)
2 - The logo for Veidt Industries is very similar to the symbol of Freemasonry, yet in the movie it isn't as close...
3 - In the original comic Veidt wore a big "All Seeing Eye/Pyramid" on his chest, but in the movie it is nowhere to be seen...
4 - Last but not least, why omit the false flag Alien invasion??? Considering the loyalty to the story and artwork throughout the rest of the movie, I couldn't help but wonder why they drastically changed the ending. Maybe because some other forces have the fake Alien invasion in their script already?
I'm not convinced the blimp is actually 'aimed' directly at the buildings. The blimps just appear to be at a low altitude near the buildings.
It's not as close, but it's still close. Also, the way the pyramid is outlined referencing 'atoms', it actually fits in more with what Veidt's aim is regarding Manhattan's power, and kind of matches with Manhattan's hydrogen logo.
Well, they altered the Silk Spectre and Nite Owl's costumes too. It's not as if they just focused on Veidt or removed all references to the Eye of Providence and pyramids. That Veidt has made himself see all those sacrificed lives on his massive bank of screens taps into the 'all seeing' - the array of monitor screens don't let you forget who's eye it is. You can't get away from the general Pyramid references either.
To be honest, I always thought the Ozymandias costume was awful anyway and glad to see it not make an appearance in the film.
Originally posted by Psynarchist
I agree the zeppelin would pass in front of the towers if the scene would continue, but it cuts before then. Visually it looks like it's heading for the twin towers, which is drastically different from the original comic.
But Veidt Industries is not based on Dr Manhatten, or on atoms. He build his empire with toys and selling merchandise, and the pyramid is referencing a delivery company. The original logo I think is an A and a V, the initials for Adrian Veidt. I think it may even be the reason why Alan Moore picked that name, considering his interests in magick and the occult.
True, but that's the kinda stuff you realize when you read it again, or watch it again.
I didn't catch half the symbolism when I first read it, and taking out the All-Seeing Eye and freemason symbolism doesn't make much sense since they add a lot of depth to the novel.
I doubt my little sister will realize Veidt is the All Seeing Eye just because of those tv's; since there are tv walls like that in every electronics store. However, a big pyramid with the eye in it would be glaring you in the face in every scene Veidt would be in, giving the story the depth and mystery it's known for.
This has not much to do with replacing the all seeing eye pyramid on his chest with the eye of horus on his belt. In the original comic they made sure you would see it in many instances...
I understand it would have been hard to implement the squid and the other subplots, which is why many directors said it's the unfilmable comic. To me, the movie plot was much weaker than the comic: no reference to an island, no mysterious creature under a tarp, no cover-up murders, etc. etc.
They didn't just rewrite the ending, the whole story got jambled up. In that respect Zack Snyder totally failed to 'bring it to the big screen'.
The 'not another big special effect' excuse is not very strong either since the blue energy balls that mysteriously appeared everywhere were a massive special effect as well.
Of course this watered down version is much better to comprehend for a film audience, and that could very well be the reason for these choices.
They sure rewrote history and diminished the original comic's power and message. How many people will ever go back to read the real story in all it's occult and alien glory?
but I really think someone was trying to tell us something with Watchmen.
In 1963, JFK was assassinated by a man who claimed to be a patsy before being shot himself. The term Conspiracy Theorist was coined at that time as a designation for anyone who did not accept the official explanation of this. A schism formed in society between people who accepted the explanation and those who didn't. Those who did continued to cut their hair square and support the war in Southeast Asia. Those who didn't said # this, we reject you, we reject your frightened, lying society, your docile, sheep-like culture. We will make our own world and live in it. These people were called the hippies. Alan Moore strikes me as both a hippy and a conspiracy theorist, although maybe I'm reading too much into his work. But probably, like the rest of his generation, he has spent his life obsessing over the mystery of JFK's murder, and those that followed. When I was young the hippies were everywhere, it seemed; they were were smart, they were angry, they were still young and they were very, very, beautiful. The media has spent the entire intervening time teaching you that the hippies were all some witless "oh wow, dude" stereotype, but Alan Moore is more like the hippies I remember. Watchmen is very much a hippy's view of the society they rejected.
My biggest concern is that this new ending might take out the "other worldly" threat that the giant "alien" squid presented. One reason that Watchmen hit me so hard when I read it is how it ties in to "real world" conspiracy theories. The story goes that Wernher von Braun (famous German/American rocket scientist) was quoted in the sixties that their were forces orchestrating various threats in order to bring the world together under one government. They started with Communism, then went to Global Terrorism, then to an extra terrestrial threat. He supposedly said this in the 1960s. I just don't see how a "Manhattan Machine" is going to work to incorporate that threat and keep that otherworldly element in place.