Missed a superhero highlight on TV?: The original ending was too crazy for the cinema

This comic book adaptation changed the ending while staying true to the original story.

For comic fans, Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” is considered a milestone among graphic novels. This is not only due to the current and timeless context of the Cold War, but also to the daring depiction of an apocalyptic scenario in which superheroes stay on earth. It took several attempts to bring this scenario to the screen. 2009 finally appeared in the cinemas “Watchmen”which you could watch on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 11:05 p.m. on Kabel 1 and can catch up at any time thanks to Amazon Prime Video in the stream.

The film is directed by Zack Snyder, who previously had a surprise box office hit with 300, an adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic book of the same name, and who has since starred in films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Army of the Dead ‘ provided plenty to talk about among film fans.

The plot follows the Watchmen, a former superhero group in an alternate timeline whose mere existence has had a significant impact on US history as we know it today, albeit not always for the better. When a founding member dies, it’s up to the rest to solve the murder – and in the process they uncover a conspiracy that could spell the end of the world.

The Watchmen comic changed the comic landscape. At Amazon you can get it digitally for about 11 euros.

As radical as Zack Snyder’s films are sometimes in the uncut state and as faithfully as the film version of “Watchmen” is based on the comic book, Snyder changed one crucial detail. If you haven’t seen the film yet and don’t want to know anything about the different final versions of the comic and the film, you should stop reading and instead use Amazon Prime’s streaming service to finally catch up on the film.

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The original ending was too crazy

“Watchmen – Die Wächter” proves that a story can work, even if you change the facts for its ending. In the comic, the power-hungry Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) will be responsible for changing the world forever. To save billions and end the Cold War, he dispatches a lab-made, gigantic squid-like creature to bloodily wipe out all life in New York City.

New York is also in the thick of it in the film. However, there it is Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), who unfolds his powers in the center of the city and within a few seconds not only leaves a gigantic crater behind, but at the same time dismantles everyone in the vicinity of the city into their atomic components. Here, too, Ozymandias had his fingers in the pie. So, through his power and thanks to Dr. Manhattan to present the world with a scapegoat upon which to draw humanity’s collective hatred.

The fact that the ending was changed for the film could not only be because it would have been very crazy for moviegoers at the time to see a creature out of thin air being responsible for killing millions of people, but also because of the film’s production costs be due. The film cost a whopping 120 million US dollars to make, with more than ten companies alone responsible for the various visual effects in the film.

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