Warner Bros. has released a deleted scene from the director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, which as you know made a big splash with comic book fans when it hit theaters this March. It appears to be ready for another splash in a big way with an epic director’s cut Blu-ray and DVD release on July 21st.
In this scene, we see the end of days for the original Night Owl, Hollis Mason (played by Stephen McHattie), as a result of events seen in the film — most notably, the Rorschach prison breakout sequence. A gang of thugs who have heard that a “Night Owl” busted the notorious Rorschach out of prison set their sights on the apartment above Mason’s garage, where they intend to pay him back.
There is no publicly specific reason — at least to my knowledge — why this scene was cut from the film. While its visual style and tone fit perfectly with the rest of the theatrical release, it is one of those additional moments that aren’t key to the core story’s progression. It builds upon the relationship between Mason and Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino) and shows Hollis’ attachment to the past (with the flashbacks). It is scenes like this — moments rather — that are what make Alan Moore’s text such a rich and dynamic work. But I can see how Zack Snyder would cut it, as it is a very cool, but ultimately unnecessary sequence.
Watchmen is on Blu-ray and DVD on July 21, 2009. Check out the clip for yourself below.