There has been all sorts of talk, up and down, left and right, about Zack Snyder’s upcoming comic adaptation Watchmen, a film that comes along with more fan baggage than just about anything we’ve ever seen. And lately we in the online media world have been traffic whoring over one particular topic: the changed ending. But while we are using it to drive hits — just as I am doing right now — fans are using it to (a) have something to talk about and (b) have something, no matter how small, to be critical of. From one end of the interwebs to the other, die hard Watchmen fans have been heard crying out “No Squid?! No way!” — or something like that.
In reality though, it all seems to have no effect on Snyder, who continues to go calm, cool and collected through post-production. If anything, a recent interview with Garth at Dark Horizons shows Snyder’s unbreakable confidence in his movie and in the direction that he has chosen for the adaptation. See below for his explanation, but be warned that it does contain spoilers for both the comic and the movie.
“The squid was not in the movie when I got the script, the squid was never in any draft that I saw. My point is only that there was this elegant solution to the squid problem that I kind of embraced. I’m a fan of the thing as much as anyone, I was saying what are we going to do about this before I even read the script.”
Snyder also commented on some of the fan uproar:
“The fans, god love ‘em, they’re all up in arms about the squid. What they should be up in arms about are things like shooting the pregnant woman, ‘God is real and he’s American’, whether THAT’s in the movie. That’s my point of view, maybe I’m crazy.”
No Zack, you aren’t crazy — we are all just a little bored and in the world of the fanboy, being satisfied means accepting defeat. From where I sit, Snyder is on the right track — sometimes it pays to have a visionary director pick and direction and stick with it, even if it sounds suspect. What matters is that the final product captures the spirit of the book and gives fans something to be proud of. And as of this moment, it would appear that Snyder is well on his way to accomplishing that feat.