Watchmen character photos online

So much for avoiding stuff about the Watchmen movie…

The film’s official site has posted character photos (posters?) of the main cast for the adaptation of the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons comic. The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), the Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman), and Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson) — with the Owlship behind him. No Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) yet, but I suppose they’re saving that for a little further down the line, since he’s the flashiest of the characters.…

Despite my reservations about this project… I gotta admit, it’s looking good so far. Rorschach is perfect, of course, but we’ve seen him before. The Owlship is terrific. Silk Spectre is great. They’re a little different, but they work for a movie version. I’m not sold on Ozymandias or Nite Owl (my favorite character, and so the one I’m bound to be the most nitpicky about), but they’re not travesties, and, as with most movie super-hero costumes, they’ll probably look better in motion.

Wilson doesn’t look like he’s packing the weight that Nite Owl has in the "present-day," but there are two possibilities I can think of: screenwriters David Hayter and Alex Tse wrote it out, which would be understandable, but unfortunate; or, we’re seeing him in his prime, from earlier in the timeline, and he’ll have a fat suit (of sorts) for the present-day portions of the film. I suppose we’ll find out eventually.

Director Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation has embarked on its long, winding road through post-production and will be released one year from now, on March 6, 2009.

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Posted on March 6, 2008 at 01:05 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Odontomachus
    on 2008-03-06 at 17:49

    Hah, I said the exact same thing when this was posted to the alan_moore LJ comm. Ozymandias is far less flamboyant, more… generic-super-hero-type… in direct contrast to the actor’s face, which is sort of nerdy-nervous, rather than the quietly determined vibe I got off him in the original. Not happy with that at all. Nite Owl is way too fancy, but sort of forgivable since he is the shiny, techy one. Maybe the idea is to play on what we now think as shiny and techy, rather than a pen laser and a hip belt full of tricks.

    Comedian is spot on (the hair is embarrassingly fake, but that sort of makes it better, not worse). I like Spectre and Rorschach, too. My main problem is they all look so damn young…

  2. Written by arcoquinn
    on 2008-03-06 at 19:24

    i thought the character shots wer pretty awesome looking! i agree that ozymandias dosent look quite right and sil spectre,nite owl and ozymandias look way too young! im glad that they didnt change rorschach at all though!

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-03-06 at 19:38

    People keep bringing up the age thing, but keep in mind the story takes place over a few DECADES, with all the flashbacks involved. You can very easily make a young actor look old and thin actors look overweight; you CAN’T very easily make old actors look young or fat actors skinny.

    We already know Carla Gugino is playing the first Silk Spectre — young AND old, so we know they’re going to be doing some serious aging make-up there, at least. And the Comedian has got to look a loooot older than this when he’s murdered at the beginning of the book, or he’d have been a zygote during Vietnam.

    So, like I say in the post, I think (or hope) what we’re seeing here is them in their prime: Nite Owl pre-gut, Silk Spectre when she was a teenager and hot as opposed to… well, 30-ish and hot — and that they’ll be aging them for the “present day” storyline.

    The one thing that leads me to worry this ISN’T the case is the über-young Silk Spectre being shown in a burning building. Obviously this isn’t a still from the movie, so it shouldn’t necessarily be taken literally, but unless I’m forgetting any other burning buildings, there’s only the one where the present-day Nite Owl and Silk Spectre save the people from the building (and then shag each other).

  4. Written by Odontomachus
    on 2008-03-07 at 01:51

    There’s the fire in which Rorschach leaves the child-murderer handcuffed to a pipe amid the corpses of his dogs, but I don’t think either Spectre was anywhere nearby.

    The picture shown is Comedian’s costume slightly before the Keene Acts (during the riots which necessitated them), which in the graphic novel were in 1977, only eight years before his murder. He doesn’t need to be that much older, just in a dressing gown, and with his head squished in.

    Yes, the aging thing is of course possible and plausible, but I haven’t heard anything to make me believe that Snyder is going to bother with it. Let’s hope. (Regardless of age, I’m not happy with the fella playing Ozymandias.)

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