Joel Silver reveals his plans for the ending of Watchmen

News Glen Chapman 28 Feb 2014 - 07:11

Joel Silver once had Terry Gilliam attached to direct an adaptation of Watchmen, and he's revealed their planned take on the ending.

Producer Joel Silver has decided to speak about Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen, with his own interest being that he was for a time attached to the project and had Terry Gilliam lined up to direct. Rather unsurprisingly he thinks his version would have been better. He told Coming Soon that "it was a much, much better movie. I mean Zack came at it in the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it back from the studio at that point".

Which begs the question as to just what Silver would have done differently. Turns out, his third act would have differed quite a lot. "Instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing, which was too hard and too silly, what he did was maintain that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure". He continued, saying "he had the Ozymandias character convince Doctor Manhattan to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. And in the vortex that was created after that occurred, these characters from Watchmen only became characters in a comic book".

It's different, certainly, but not necessarily the improvement over Snyder's ending that Silver was seemingly seeking. Leave your own thoughts on it in the comments...

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My big problem with the 'Watchmen' film was that the ending was too faithful to the comic book in spirit, if not in detail. I hated the ending in the comic, and only hated the ending of the film slightly less. Silver's version doesn't sound great, but preferable to either of those.

I personally found the Snyder ending wasn't *that* bad. The film had it's flaws but then again the book is pretty much unfilmable.
I still think it could work as a one off HBO special. Each chapter being an hour long.

that ending would have sucked all the drama out of it and I'm not sure how it would have worked since masked vigilante's existed before Dr Manhattan. Personally i love both the film and the comic with the films take on the ending being a more believable one in the 21st Century.

Come on man...this would've been the absolute pits.

Well, that also works.

Terry Gilliam's worst work > Zack Snyder's best

...and then he woke up and it was all just a dream!

v. poor

"You mean respect the source material? The original writer's and artist's story? F#$k that!" -- Joel Silver

What about if I stole Alan Moore's characters and created a crudely drawn slash-fic stroke-book that I marketed as top-shelf hardcover literature? He doesn't seem to have an aversion to that sort of thing. I think the guy is a genius... but he's also an absolute hypocrite.

If Dr Manhattan goes back in time to stop his own creation, then he wouldn't exist in the future to go back and stop his own creation. Paradox.

Sounds a bit too much 'it was all a dream' Crossroads ending to me!

Sounds like Gilliam would have moved towards post modernism. Snyder played it straight at the expense of the satirical streak the novel has. Snyder's faithfulness to the story was one of the films many strengths I thought. He is in the 'if it looks good then it must be good' camp though, which explains why Sucker Punch is so hollow, and Man of Stool is cinematic poison.

Gilliam's production would have shut down halfway due to the cast contracting bubonic plague while his sets got swept away in freak storms. Probably.

This is a terrible ending

Luckily Neil Gaiman feels the exact opposite so I am very much looking forward to the 'Sandman' film.

What a rubbish idea

Stupid idea to end Watchmen like that. that said though, if it were executed properly (and avoided the dreaded paradoxes) it could an interesting idea if Silver applied it to another (different and preferably original) story

I still don't get what is/was wrong with the actual comic book ending?

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