For those of us that live and breathe comics, movies and pop culture 'Watchmen' is common knowledge. Love it or hate it, it has been in the pop culture mainstream for years. Since its initial release on the comic rack, through the turbulent development hell years, to this year with its impending litigation, 'Watchmen' is at the very heart of pop culture. As the clock gets closer to zero hour Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons (the comic’s co-creator) spoke to numerous media outlets (even Popular Mechanics was there) in New York and revealed even more about what has gone into the making of the film.
EDITOR'S NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Mania: Dave, what is like to see something that you created in another medium?
Dave Gibbons: I am unique in the world sitting there watching this because, you know, based on what I read in Alan’s [Moore’s] script I ran a little movie in my head how this would work and the moment to pick to design the whole thing. To sit in a darkened theater and watch it unfold it is kind of easy to confuse it with being in my mind’s eye. Particularly because it is so precisely what I did draw. 'Watchmen' was conceived as a comic book and that is 'Watchmen'. What I’ve seen here is a really good movie. If it had been a literal translation of a comic book it wouldn’t have been so good. I think Zack has taken it by the scruff of the neck and has turned it into a really good movie. So with that being said, I am thrilled with it.
Mania: After seeing Rorschach in the movie, is that how you envisioned his mask brought to life?
Dave Gibbons: Yeah, I’ve seen people at costume masquerades before who got a static mask and that is unnerving enough to look at somebody with a static blot. But the way that it squirms around it’s got all the creepiness and disorientating feeling that I always saw.
Zack Snyder: We actually take a lot of cues from the book when we go for the Rorschachs. We created our own density of ink but then we always tried to revert back to the graphic novel for a specific moment if Rorschach is experiencing a certain emotional response. There are a couple, like ‘embracing couple’ as we call it. Basically he gets an ink blot test, when he goes to prison and one of the ink blots he’s shown is what looks like an embracing couple. He flashes back to his childhood sees his mother, whose is a prostitute, with a John. That ink blot is really important and it shows up a couple of times during the film.
Mania: Dave, were you involved with any decisions in casting the film?
Dave Gibbons: I know this is a favorite internet game: cast the 'Watchmen'. But I am really pleased that the actors in it are not overly familiar. I think it is a great strength that you don’t get when you see Tom Cruise or Jude Law. At one time I liked Burt Reynolds as the Comedian. He could probably play him in the later years but not the earlier years. I wasn’t involved at all with the casting. I have no expertise in that. I am absolutely thrilled with the cast that has ended up in it.
Mania: There is that internet rumor that a sequel is possible. True?
Zack Snyder: That’s crazy.
Dave Gibbons: I don’t think that’s possible.
Zack Snyder: The video game [the downloadable one] is as close as you are going to get.
Mania: Are either one of you getting tired with the 'Watchmen'?
Zack Snyder: No, I don’t think so. It’s exhausting. I wouldn’t say I am tired of it. It tires you out. I dig it and I think it’s cool. It’s fun for me.
Dave Gibbons: I was lucky enough to design the characters to be characters that I really liked. I still enjoy drawing them and seeing them in the movies. It really has invigorated them for me. I am not tired of them yet.
'Watchmen' is still slated for a March 6, 2009 release date.