Love it or hate it, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen was always an ambitious project that was bound to be controversial for every choice that it made. Heck, five years later and people are still debating the ending—in which Snyder changed Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ faux-alien squid invasion into a faux-Doctor Manhattan attack on New York—including producer Joel Silver. Last month, Silver told the press that the version of Watchmen he and writer/director Terry Gilliam had planned years earlier would have been superior to Snyder’s “slavish” adaptation of the iconic graphic novel. Silver especially praised Gilliam’s concept of a new ending that involved Ozymandias tricking Doctor Manhattan into writing himself out of existence, thereby turning all superheroes in their reality into nothing more than a comic book fantasy.
Well, now Snyder is firing back at those critical assertions about his film while promoting 300: Rise of an Empire. During an interview with The Huffington Post, Snyder and his producing partner and wife, Deborah Snyder, had this to say:
“Right, and if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane,” said Zack Snyder. Deborah Snyder agreed with that by saying, “The fans would have been thinking that they were smoking crack.”
Zack Snyder took it a step further asserting that he made this movie to protect the integrity of book.
“So, honestly, I made Watchmen for myself,” Zack Snyder said. “It's probably my favorite movie that I've made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world.”
Fighting words, no? Snyder also called the superhero epic the film he was most proud of working on and his favorite entry of his oeuvre. He also posited that if the movie came out now, post-Avengers and the “height of the Internet fanboy,” that Watchmen may have been better received on its initial release.