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This WATCHMEN film is getting Reelz!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... In the not too distant future - I'll be shooting a pilot here in Austin for REELZ CHANNEL - and we're all getting quite excited about it. It's a channel that's going to be sweeping across the U.S. hitting Los Angeles and New York, very soon - and then hopefully everywhere else soon after. Those of you on DIRECT TV know of what I speak. BUT today, it is their Online presence I'm talking about and their interview with Zach Snyder - that's exclusively about WATCHMEN. Looks like we're getting Gerard Butler in an as yet, unidentified part. It will be R-rated and it will be a long film. Wanna know more? Click below and see the man speak for yourself. Here ya go...

Click Here To Watch REELZ CHANNEL's Interview with Zach Snyder on WATCHMEN!!!

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  • March 19, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler

    by Bunch-backdToad

    I could see hime as the Nite Owl.

  • March 19, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Holy shit.

    by Bunch-backdToad

    First, I guess. Wow. I wasn't even trying.

  • March 19, 2007, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombies Halloween and Grindhouse scripts are ONLINE

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    @ www.simpyscripts.com Grab em before they disappear.

  • March 19, 2007, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler was cool in 300

    by super Cucaracha

    and I think he'll do well in Watchmen. Anybody who can can an 8 pack gets mad respect.

  • March 19, 2007, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    by Virtual Satyr

    as Nite Owl/Dan Dreiberg

  • March 19, 2007, 8 p.m. CST

    Anybody that can GET an 8 pack ...

    by super Cucaracha

    I messed up!

  • March 19, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Butler should have blue balls

    by Boondock Devil

    As Doctor Manhatten that is.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Hopefully they get Pearlman as the Comedian

    by Boondock Devil

    Ron Pearlman would be just about perfect for that part. As for Nite-Owl I keep picturing Dylan Baker as that part.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    I Had Doubts

    by Evil Chicken

    After all, we’re talking about “Watchman.” I subscribed to idea of it being an HBO miniseries but after seeing “300”, I truly feel the project is in good and competent hands. Bring it on Mr. Snyder – bring it on.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler IS Dolemite!!!

    by Mad Mick of the East

    Seriously though, even a 180 min. can't do watchmen justice. These guys are like snowmen playing with fire, especially at 150 mil like Snyder reportedly wants - that's straight production, mind you, never mind the media blitz. Shoulda been a premium cable limited series.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    My prediction: Black Freighter Dude

    by Ribbons

    I can't think of anyone in the main cast who I would immediately identify him with (not that that necessarily matters, but...), and I'm pretty sure that Snyder said something before about certain scenes from that "Black Freighter" comic being in there. So... Gerard Butler: Black Freighter Dude. Credit for this idea goes out to Leckomaniac. Keepin' it realz (Reelz?), representin', etc.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Watchmen can be pulled off

    by Boondock Devil

    Just as long as they shoot enough film for a Lord of the Rings-like DVD special edition with a ton of more footage.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Fo REELZ?

    by thelivingdoll

    That name is just begging for it.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Reelz is cool

    by S-Mart shopper

    but they need more programming, much potential in this channel.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Comedian

    by St1r

    Butler would be a good in the role of the Comedian. Jackie Earle Haley for the part of Rorschach. Bury Young as the Newspaper vender

  • March 19, 2007, 8:17 p.m. CST

    interesting

    by Bloo

    the more I hear about this project the more I want to red Watchman, I'll be honest in that I've yet to read that graphic novel, just never had the burning urge to get it, but the more I hear about the possible movie and the synopis I read on wikipedia makes me want to go out and get it as soon as i can

  • March 19, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler&Jackie Earl Haley!!!

    by Redfive!

    This film is Preparing for Glory!!!

  • March 19, 2007, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Ahem...

    by St1r

    I suggest that anyone about to post about this film should read the novel 1st.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    This WATCHMEN film is getting Reelz!!!

    by skiteman

    WILLIAM H MACY ....please somebody make him Rorshach

  • March 19, 2007, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Watchman?

    by Virtual Satyr

    "Oh no. I've lost complete track of time! I might be late for work. If only I knew what time it was!" ~~SWOOSH~~ "It's 4:45 PM, Mam!". "Thank-you, Watchman, you're a life saver!"

  • March 19, 2007, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Rikki Lee Travolta As Ozymandius

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Shia LaBeouf if he turns it down.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    St1r

    by Bloo

    are you saying that I can't even comment about a film that sounds interesting without reading the novel, isn't that I don't know, kind of narrowminded. I could nderstand if someone was talking about how bade it would suck, etc, but that's not what my post is about. The only reason I address this is that I'm the only one that has posted that has mentioned not reading the graphic novel...

  • March 19, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Re: Angelina's

    by Gilkuliehe

    Thanks, buddy. Only the scripts are at simplyscripts.com, not simpy. That simpy site is shit by the way. Damn typos.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:34 p.m. CST

    he'll be the

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    comedian, i can imagine him in that scene with the whiskey bottle ramblin to Moloch, forget the black freighter that'll be a slight part if existing at all on the theatrical cut, he'll cut a good comedian. Rorschach is the role that this'll spin on, not to mention his voice, somebody's gonna need a lotta honey on the vocalchords after each take a that characters scenes. Cannot wait. Wish folk would stop goin on about 'it should be a 12 part series with each part introduced by one of the 12 apostles and Jesus is the only director who could do this book justice.' Yeah im one a the folk who read the comics when he was 13, im very grateful this movies in capable respectful hands.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Butler as The Comedian.

    by riskebiz

    That's who he sort of looks like ... Butler as the Comedian. Somebody mentioned Jeff Goldblum. I can see him as Nite Owl. I sort of see someone like Kevin Bacon as Rorshach. William Macy would be good, too.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Way to go Zack

    by robotdevil

    I'm a huge skeptic of this project and that interview filled me with so much confidence. As for Butler, he could be almost anyone. I could picture him easily being Comedian, Rorshach, Ozymandias, Dr. Manhattan... not Nite Owl, but almost anyone else. Too bad George Burns is dead, he'd have made a great Moloch.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:37 p.m. CST

    The best man to play The Comedian

    by Bunch-backdToad

    Is Bruce Campbell. Natch.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Harry Equals Mockery

    by DonMurphysTool

    John Carter? Ghost Town? Anal Probe? He can only produce huge amounts of excrement. NO PILOT here.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Give me some ridiculously familar fan cast favorite for

    by INWOsuxRED

    every single part, no matter how well or poorly they fit into the script and the director's vision. No auditions and no screen tessts, PLEASE. Also, if anyone is bald, they must be played by Patrick Stewart, because he is bald. If there are multiple bald characters, Patrick Stewart will play all of them (like when he performed Dicken's Christmas Carol). Also, make sure the script is "cool". You know, simply hire someone who once wrote a scritp that turned into a cool movie, and tell him "now you go write a script and make sure it is cool." Then, and only then will the movie be perfect.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Way Back When It Was Bruce Willis

    by CaptDanielRoe

    For the Night Owl, if I recall correctly. And it's still not a bad choice. But THIS IS NOT 300. The talk from Snyder about making Night Owl "scarier" is somewhat concerning... He is based on Blue Beetle, not Batman for chrissakes. He's a banker's son. My pick? For this director? Matt Dillon. Maybe even Kevin Bacon. Hell, come to think of it, this is one comic role that Nicholas Cage is actually kinda right for.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST

    No Seriously Nicholas Cage For Night Owl

    by CaptDanielRoe

    What do you think? I'm not a big fan of his or anything but I think it's the one comic role he could really nail.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Okay I Messed Up

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Not about Nicholas Cage (in this and only this comic book role) but the proper spelling is Nite-Owl. Not Night Owl.

  • March 19, 2007, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Err Watchmen wasn't about action, it's no 300

    by warp11

    How exactly will Watchmen gain mass appeal? America doesn't want their superhero's to be washed up. Great graphic novel, but it should stay that way.

  • March 19, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST

    "scary" nite-owl and other thoughts

    by waggy

    i don't think he's gonna make him look terrifying, i think he's just trying for a look that wouldn't be laughable in live action (and take a look at the comic again, you know the costume as is would be). personally i don't think there is any way they can possibly make a watchmen movie that fully satisfies us fans, but look at it this way: v for vendetta was a halfway decent adaptation of the comic that got a lot of people reading the source material who never would have touched a comic before. ditto for sin city and i expect 300 will do the same. so if watchmen turns out less than perfect, but exposes new audiences to how complex and adult comics can be, i'll be pleased.

  • March 19, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST

    warp11

    by Bloo

    actually i think that America does want to see washed up superheros lok at how we follow the downfall of the rich and faous in "real life" I think that is what will appel to getting pople into this "reel life" of Watchman

  • March 19, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    who to play Laurie Juspeczyk

    by Amy Chasing

    Charisma Carpenter or Meredith Salenger? perhaps Ashley Cafagna-Tesoro?

  • March 19, 2007, 9:17 p.m. CST

    John Cusack for Nite Owl

    by Happyfat73

    John C McGinly for Rorshach, Val Kilmer for Ozymandias and a CGI mo-cap performance for Doc Manhattan.

  • March 19, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    A director with muscles

    by THE KNIGHT

    who knew...

  • March 19, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I hope and pray

    by MrJJonz

    I am wrong in my thinking. Snyder has yet to do a film revolving around characters. He made Zombies run and a zombie baby in a remake that missed the character development of the original and then made a very visual film which again lacked character. I haven't read 300 so not sure how strong the characters were in the novel. Watchmen is all about the characters. It's one of those films where in my mind visuals can take a backseat as long as the characters are right and I hope Snyder can get the character side right.

  • March 19, 2007, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler

    by AngelCordy

    Is way too young for any role in this movie. Unless they use the flashbacks. He's probably set for Doctor Manhattan. And HELL YES to Charisma Carpenter for Laurie!

  • March 19, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    my dream cast:

    by jopari

    Nite-Owl - Philip Seymour Hoffman Dr. Manhattan - CGI mocap Rorschach - Michael Emerson Silk Spectre - Jennifer Connelly Ozymandias - Jude Law The Comedian - Bruce Campbell I wish. It's not gonna happen though.

  • March 19, 2007, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Nite Owl

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Shouldn't be Philip Seymour Hoffman. He's a superhero gone to pot, not some dude who's been fat his whole life. <p>And yeah a lot of these names being tossed around are too young. I do like Jude Law for Ozymandias though.

  • March 19, 2007, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Moore not aboard

    by St1r

    Robert E. Yeah, I'm sorry. I'm kinda an idiot. I think a lot of the reason Frank Miller's material worked so well was because he was deeply involved on the projects. Mr. Moore will most likely be as far removed as possible. Anyway, I like the Val Kilmer call. Downey Jr. as anyone...if he wasn't Iron Man. Goldberg as Hooded Justice! The young versions of the characters will be interesting to see how they pull off. Will they cast younger and age'em with make-up? Hurm... Again E.Robert, no dis-respect. I'm not here to ruin anyones fun.

  • March 19, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST

    I thought Singer would do a good job with Superman too

    by Rupee88

    Snyder is a great choice to helm this, but he could still screw it up. David Hayter wrote an early draft of the script, and he's nothing special. But of course the comics are the ultimate script and Alan Moore is something very special. They should leave the Black Freighter out because it will just confuse people and take up valuable budget and screen time. And if they make a kick ass trailer for the film, it will sell it just like the amazing 300 trailer did the same. Just some cool shots of Dr Manhattan on Mars and some other good CGI scenes and the masses will show up. Plus, I think this will have a Sin City type "all star cast" that will put asses in seats. Just please no Jessica Alba as Silk Spectre!

  • March 19, 2007, 10:01 p.m. CST

    DOA

    by dylsmack01

    who the fuck is this guy zach snyder? he sounds like and idiot constantly reaffirming his 'geek cred.' sweet jesus, reelz sounds like the end of anything authentic. wake up!

  • March 19, 2007, 10:02 p.m. CST

    St1r

    by Bloo

    that's cool man all is forgiven, I guess I got a little definsive myself. I really am interested in reading this graphic novel, even if it never does make it to the screen if nthing else just the talk of this movie has got me intrested in reading it

  • March 19, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    J.K. SIMMONS IS THE COMEDIAN!

    by Negator76

    ..and not because he had a moustache and black hair as J.J.Jameson. Actually, his performance as Schillinger is what really makes me think he'd be perfect for the role. Runners up: Ron Perlman, Fred Ward. NITE OWL: Tim Robbins/Campbell Scott RORSCHACH: Hugo Weaving/William H. Macy/Gary Sinise DOCTOR MANHATTAN: Christian Bale OZYMANDIAS: Ralph Fiennes/Val Kilmer... Tom Cruise makes sense, but he's too wound -up and angry to play a self-satisfied genius. SILK SPECTRE 2: Maura Tierney. Perfect. SILK SPECTRE 1: Ellen Burstyn HOLLIS MASON: Robert Redford/Harrison Ford MOLOCH: Christopher Walken

  • March 19, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    wow, sweet interview

    by Charlie Murphy

    snyder's got great ideas and opinions and seems like a really nice dude. if everything goes his way, i think we'll be getting a kick ass watchmen.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    "If its done right"

    by magnetoelectric

    ..All I keep hearing.Funny.If it is donr right it will be the final nail in the coffin for comic films. I for one am over it.After so many false hopes Watchmen on film has become the ex girlfriend on my caller ID..I cant answer,I cant trust you anymore..youl only break my heart again

  • March 19, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    oh yeah, rupee...

    by Charlie Murphy

    i think you're right about making a really sweet "money shot"-only trailer to get people pumped. i would go into my local comic shop, and every time, for about a month before 300 came out, there was some skater punk, or football jock or whatever kid in there asking "is 300 a comic book? can i buy 300?" these dicks didn't know what a comic book was, but they were so interested in the movie, these cats were shelling out thirty bucks for the hardcover. although i don't think watchmen will have the same appeal as 300 to the dim-witted late teen crowd, it still wouldn't hurt to get them in the seats. but then again, i don't want to be at opening night of watchmen listening to said dim-wits complaining about the movie's length or being confused. so hopefully snyder sticks to his guns, and doesn't budge for a second on anything. don't dumb this shit down, mr. snyder. anyway, i think my point has been lost somewhere in this rambling... oh well. i'm sure it was important and smart.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:12 p.m. CST

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    by Toddstarwatcher

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  • March 19, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler...

    by jimmy_009

    ... is a very poor man's Clive Owen. And I don't even like Clive Owen. Don't let him taint this movie.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    tom cruise as ozymandias

    by quentintarantado

    I like the idea of tom cruise as ozymandias, butler as the comedian and the names for rorscharch are interesting. After years of waiting, things are happening pretty fast. I hope this time it actually consummates.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    WATCHMEN will be Snyder's true test as a filmmaker

    by nopix

    I get it, the guy has proven he can make stylized films. But this film is going to need substance.....

  • March 19, 2007, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Are those scripts down already?...

    by DanielKurland

    I can't find them on the site. I love Watchmen, and I really hope this turns out well. Snyder seems to know what he's doing, and although I wasn't really a fan of 300, I'll admit that it was well made and executed, I'm just not big on epic wars.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    messi

    by waggy

    that's my favorite scene too. actually, it's right after that when the therapist can no longer sleep soundly after seeing the world from rorshach's perspective. probably the single most disturbing comic i've ever read (that or the diner issue of sandman)

  • March 19, 2007, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Cool, but where's the Pirates 3 trailer talkback?

    by Zarles

    What, I'm the only one who saw it? Now that's a goddamned trailer.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Steve Buscemi for Moloch

    by Happyfat73

    Think of the money you'd save. He wouldn't even need make-up.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:46 p.m. CST

    everett robert

    by rdsxfan8

    I havent read the graphic novel either so i too will be getting a copy as soon as I can. and I really liked the way 300 was shot so if thats any indication of the directors capabilities id trust any script in his hands. regardless of if i know the source material or not.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    well...

    by genro

    Butler will be Ozymandias. He's not going to play the Comedian after signing for Plissken. And the Manhattan dialogue doesn't work for him. When Snyder talks about "correct A-list", he's referring to the Batman Begins/Spider-Man approach -actors first, stars second. What's being forgotten is that Snyder's getting traction off of Cruise's name, but that guy looks at every project in town and passes on about 99%. So it's not like he was "this close" to coming on board. The rating, the length and the approach will have WB keeping the budget in check. And the Freighter will be animation which is why he says running time with or without. You can't prep to shoot live-action with a few dozen pages you may or may not include. With animation though, it's not a problem. Besides, it needs to contrast the Watchmen's real-world. A live-action Freighter, even some kind of 300esque variation, would be confusing as shit to the general population.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Have none of you seen Carlito's Way?

    by theseventhshore

    Sean Penn - properly motivated/written/directed, mind you - could do Rorshach justice. And you'd BELIEVE him as a threat.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Tom Berenger will play the Comedian

    by slone13

    Mark my words.

  • March 19, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Cast ideas

    by Dr Fate

    My guess is that Butler is going to be the Comedian as well. If so, they'll no doubt have to age him. If he's not the Comedian, I think it'd be interesting to see Rutger Hauer try on the role. Doctor Manhattan-Billy Zane: He just looks like the Doctor to me, and I think he's a decent enough actor to pull it off Rorschach-Endless possibilities for this one...William H. Macy would probably be at the top of my list, but I think (And I really hate to say this) he might be just a little too old for the part. Beyond that aspect, I believe that he would be perfect for the role, not to mention that it would a great opportunity for him to play someone who's not immediately likable (Exception being Finnestre from Thank You For Smoking). I know several people have mentioned Jude Law as Ozymandias, but I personally think that if they uglied him up a bit, he could have great potential as Rorschach. According to Wiki, he's expressed interest in the role, and while that may not be the most reliable source, it still made me think about him as R...Anyone agree? Nite Owl- This one's easy for me...John Cusack, hands down. He might have to be aged slightly, if at all, but I can't imagine anyone else in the role. Ozymandias-Already mentioned Law earlier, and I'll just say I could see him doing this one as well. Besides Rorschach, this might be one of the most difficult roles to cast...Nite Owl and Comedian are fantastic characters, but I think that there are a reasonable number of actors who are quite capable of making them memorable on film. O and R, however, not only need actors who can properly convey the depth of the characters, but also work as foils. Think about it, O is the graceful, beautiful, articulate and worldly crimefighter representing the left side of the spectrum, as well as the moral ambiguity attached to a world becoming increasing gray, whereas R is this ugly, brutal vigilante who is barely capable of cohorent speech (despite his obvious intelligence) and lives of sugar cubes and cold beans, representing the right side, as well as the black and white world of absolutism. These actors have to be able to pull that relationship off. Silk Spectre I-Sigourney Weaver. I don't really feel the need to explain this, she just looks like her Silk Spectre II-I'll pass on this one, because I've never liked the character. I'll acknowledge her importance as the Doc's human anchor, but I just can't bring myself to care enough about the character to make a decision on who portrays her. Nite Owl I-Clint Eastwood. Well, I can dream...seriously though, I actually like the idea of Timothy Dalton in this role. It seems right to me

  • March 19, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST

    The cast ideas in here are great

    by SylarTheCylon

    But i'd like to see that dude that was in Saving Private Ryan as Rorschach. Ribisi, or something. A great actor and he would be perfect for the role. Perfect. Michael Keaton as Night Owl! And whoever suggested Brad Pitt as Ozymandias is a genius. And on a totally different note, i'd love to see a Judge Dredd trilogy with Clint Eastwood as Judge Dredd!!! His wrinkly, grumpy face is perfect, and we all know he can still kick ass! Do it now, before it's too late, Clint!!! Or maybe Hugo Weawing as Judge Dredd, and Clint as Judge Death? Hollywood, are you listening?!!!

  • March 19, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    rdsxfan8

    by Bloo

    glad I'm not the only one that hasn't read Watchman, but yeah, ASAP I'm getting a copy of this. I really do trust Synder, not sure why, he has only shown a visual panache. His char. work as someone mentioned above hasn't been great...hasn't been horriable, but hasn't been GREAT, but I really like what he's done. He does seem to be a fan not only of comics but of this comic book...

  • March 19, 2007, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Ribisi is a GREAT idea...

    by theseventhshore

    ...that will never get cast :( They're fishing for a 'big name' with at least some perceived marquee value...especially if the 150Mil thing is true.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Exactly, bear...

    by theseventhshore

    ...which is why Penn would be a killer choice WITH leading man chops.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    snyder seems like a good dude, anyways...

    by BloodStaind

    Jude Law as Rorschach? No thanks. Ribisi is a decent possibility, but call me crazy...I up for Ryan Gosling. Yep, I like it.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one..

    by Happyfat73

    Who sees John C McGinley as Rorshach. He'd have to pull back on his verbosity somewhat (which is a script thing anyway), but he can do the physicality of the role, and he's got a dark edge that someone like Macy just doesn't have.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    principle cast....

    by waggy

    ...should all be in their mid forties, with laurie in her late thirties. doctor manhattan can probably be cast a little younger too, since he doesn't really age, but all these 20-something names being tossed out just won't work. i do love the idea of brad pitt as veidt though. having a big recognizable star in that role would really floor the audience at the end of the movie.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST

    san diego comic con 2007

    by hif4life

    we will get a glimpse of what the movie will be like and who will be in it..ok, i said to much.....

  • March 19, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    agree with Pitt

    by the beef

    I personally like Guy Pearce for Rorshach. He has the age, the look, and the build of the character. He's got a bit of a dark edge as well as shown in COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and a little in THE PROPOSITION. Some of the names being thrown around are a bit young for the cast. You should be thinking less Gosling age and more Kurt Russell and Mel Gibson age. Think young actors from the late 80s, not now. Whoever mentioned Sean Penn for Rorshach I would actually rather see Penn play Nite Owl.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    My fingers are starting to cross

    by colemanfrancis

    I've long been concerned about translating Watchmen into a movie, but I'm starting to get my hopes up. I just bought the Absolute edition a few weeks ago and I've rediscovered how great a series this was back in the day, and I've liked everything I've heard thus far from Snyder. I really dig the idea I've heard that they're going to have a LOTR-esque prologue to bring viewers up to speed on the universe. That should help take care of the "What the hell's going on" factor that could so easily doom a movie version. But please, PLEASE Mr. Snyder, don't fuck this up.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Rorshach should be played by

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    William Forsythe. Now THAT would be cool! :)

  • March 19, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    I HATE how the studios cast everyone too young..

    by Negator76

    Ribisi is a good actor, even right for the role, but he's. too. damn. young. C'mon, Hugo Weaving would be a terrific Rorschach! Not because he was V. Or Agent Smith. Because if you've ever seen 'The interview', or 'Little Fish', you'd know the guy can act like a motherfucker. Plus, he's weird looking and can handle physical roles well. Add Brad Pitt to my list for Ozy. Still think Fiennes would be great, though. Cusack SHOULD NOT be Dan. His acting range is piss-poor, and he's not bookish enough. Philip Seymour Hoffman would be better... somebody a bit soft, somebody kinda non-threatening and lovable. Campbell Scott is a little chiseled, but he can convincingly play a repressed nerd. So can Tim Robbins. Hell, what about Greg Kinnear? Or Steve Carell, for that matter? Oh shit.... STEVE CARELL FOR NITE OWL! He can do serious acting, tell me that wouldn't be great!

  • March 19, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Who Was Cruise Playing? Or: Interviewer is Bollocks

    by topaz4206

    Who was Tom Cruise supposed to be playing? In the interview, Zack seemed to say that they were discussing one character in particular.<br><br> Also, is that the most lifeless interviewer you've ever seen? He was like a sack of potatoes -- might as well have been the 'ghost voice' asking questions from off camera.

  • March 19, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Butler for Roarch

    by warp11

    I'm just saying...

  • March 19, 2007, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Will Harry's show be on TVU?

    by warp11

    Cause that would be cool.

  • March 20, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Cruise was Rorschach.

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    5'7" psycho who wore lifts and got his jollies acting tough and intimidating people? That's Cruise. Plus, he'd see the role as a chance to "stretch" himself as an actor: "No one will see my face... what a worthy challenge for a master thespian such as myself!" Unfortunately, the signals he received from his tinfoil hat told him that the Dolemite remake was a much better use of his talents.

  • March 20, 2007, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Tom Waits as Rorschach

    by Blckaddr

    Gerard Butler as Comedian, John Cusack as Nite Owl.

  • March 20, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST

    WATCHMEN: Oprah Winfrey cast--

    by Bob Cryptonight

    ---as the fake alien creature designed to fool the world into uniting in peace and harmony!

  • March 20, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST

    I don't wanna WATCH stuff

    by MrCere

    When did reading on the internet go out of style? Should I read the talkback? Has anybody yet said, "Bitches this is a comic book movie, why are you getting so worked up?"

  • March 20, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST

    keanu is going to be the blue guy

    by caravaggio

    just check his IMDB

  • March 20, 2007, 12:33 a.m. CST

    rorschach MUST be an unknown actor

    by darwinmayflower

    end of story. the whole story.

  • March 20, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST

    GERARD BUTLER TO STAR IN REMAKE OF WATCHMEN

    by MaxCalifornia.

    ...After he's already made it the first time, that is.

  • March 20, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    The problem is Brad Pitt can't really act.

    by superninja

    He can only do the method and glower. Val Kilmer should be Ozy.

  • March 20, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Seth Green is a mamma's boy.

    by Happyfat73

    Rorshach needs to have an edge. Which is why I'll call till my dying breath for it to go to John C McGinley. And failing that, Paddy Considine.

  • March 20, 2007, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Rorshach's got to have that really deep

    by superninja

    resonating voice that makes his unmasking so interesting. He looks nothing like he sounds. It probably is better to go with an unknown.

  • March 20, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Doug Hutchison...

    by DocPazuzu

    ....is who you all really want and need as Rorschach. You know this to be true.

  • March 20, 2007, 1:47 a.m. CST

    I like his answers...

    by Johnno

    So far from teh interview I think he's got the right focus for Watchmen. I like Brad Pitt as Ozy... and Keanu for Dr. Manhattan? Could work, but he doesn't have the look... but oh well that's what make up is for... and you've already seen his ass in Matrix Reloaded so walking around painted blue in teh nude shouldn't be too much, but then again it's probably a good diea to keep some underwear on him... or will the hardcore fans bitch about that too? Flames on Rorschach!

  • March 20, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    The "ULTIMATE" Watchmen Cast

    by DS9Sisko

    This fantasy list is based on any combination of "look" as established in the graphic novel and/or talent. The ages of the actors listed here are "relative" as far as I'm concerned. Despite "ultimate" in the subject line, this is not meant to be exhaustive or authoritative.....just fun: Watchmen "Multicast" (My faves are the first actor listed): NITE OWL/Dan Drieberg = John Cusak or Clive Owen or Kurt Russell or Robert Downey Jr. or George Clooney; THE COMEDIAN/Edward Blake = Ray Liotta or Nicholas Cage or Bruce Willis; RORSHACH/Walter Kovacs = Guy Pearce or Jude Law or Simon Pegg or Keifer Sutherland; SILK SPECTRE/Laurie Juspeczyk = Julianne Moore or Jennifer Connelly or Lauren Graham; SALLY JUPITER = Meryl Streep or Sissy Spacek or Helen Mirren; OZYMANDIAS/Adrien Veidt = Brad Pitt or Jason Isaacs or Gerard Butler or Sean Bean; PRESIDENT NIXON = Gregory Itzin; MAN FROM THE BLACK FREIGHTER = Christian Bale or Colin Farrell or Cillian Murphy; HOLLIS MASON = John Mahoney or....Clint Eastwood; CAPTAIN METROPOLIS = William H. Macy; MOLOCH = Henry Gibson ; BIG FIGURE = Peter Dinklage ; DOUG ROTH = Gary Oldman; JENNY SLATER = Donna Murphy or Holland Taylor or Ellen Burstyn; BERNARD the NEWS VENDOR = Daniel Benzali or Ralph Waite; DR. MALCOLM LONG = Wendell Pierce; GLORIA LONG = Viola Davis; BERNIE = Marcus T. Polk; DET. STEVE FINE = Neal McDonough; DET. JOE BOURDIN = Greg Gunberg; MAX SHEA = Richard Gere; HIRA MANISH = Shohreh Aghdashloo; JOEY = Camyrn Manhiem; and finally, DR. MANHATTAN = Daniel Craig or Clancy Brown or Billy Zane or Keanu Reeves or Christian Bale. Now, tell me how horribly wrong I am so I can ball up in a fetal position and drool on my nice floor.

  • March 20, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Darn you Mike Bay

    by SingingHatchet

    Oh and what was this talkback about? Talkbackers gotta eat!

  • March 20, 2007, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Connelly would also be good for Laurie Juspecz

    by Amy Chasing

    but she might be a bit too thin these days? don't know. hmmm...

  • March 20, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST

    300...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    was the cinematic equivalent of having a frying pan hit over your head for 2 hours whilst the most wooden actor in the world sits next to you and screams in your ear. If I see a worse performance this year than that of Lena Headey i'll eat my hat. And David Wenham has the most irritating voice in the world. Apart from Chris Fucker obviously.

  • March 20, 2007, 4:37 a.m. CST

    The Greengrass project

    by Milou

    Remember this article by Moriarty about Greengrass' pre-production of Watchmen ? : http://tinyurl.com/2t2oay So much more depth an details and passion than Snyder...

  • March 20, 2007, 5:17 a.m. CST

    Is Stacey Keach still alive?

    by Lone Fox

    He'd be a sweet Comedian. Use that de-aging cg effect from X3 if necessary.

  • March 20, 2007, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Andy Serkis for Rorschach

    by 11dayempire

    You know it makes sense. He's able to do bug-eyed lunacy, he looks right for the part, his face isn't *that* familiar to mainstream audiences (so it won't spoil the surprise when he appears as a background character before being unmasked), and he's used to working under a mask. What's not to like?

  • March 20, 2007, 5:44 a.m. CST

    everyone calling this a 'novel'..

    by foree forehead

    ..shouldn't be so lazy and forget to put the word 'graphic' in front of it. it's a good story, probably like lord of the rings, but it's no Ulysses for god's sake.

  • March 20, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Alton Brown...

    by Uncle Stan

    Jeff Goldblum for Nite-Owl.

  • March 20, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Cast

    by FallingWithStyle

    The Comedian - Jeff Goldblum, Rorschach - Paddy Considine (pretty much unknown in US except for those with taste who saw Dead Man's Shoes) or Andy Serkis, Nite-Owl - Tim Robbins or John Cusack,Holis Mason - Clint Eastwood or Paul Newman, Ozy - George Clooney or Jude Law......Xiphos - Simon Pegg was in Band Of Brother i believe although i havent watched it in ages so cant remember his role particularly well....

  • March 20, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    William H Macy and David Caruso looks like Rorschach...

    by stlfilmwire

    ...and William Sadler could pull him off too. Yes, Sadler would be a pretty darn good Rorschach. Think about it, man. Yep, heard it here first.

  • March 20, 2007, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Again, William Sadler = my pick for Rorschach

    by stlfilmwire

    Macy would be awesome though.

  • March 20, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Probably not

    by tracheattack

    it's great to finally hear someone NOT talk about putting 9/11 into the movie, and this is the first time i've heard anything about the Black Freighter staying in the picture. but whatever, watching SIN CITY was like watching everything I love get repeatedly fucked in the ass by a big, grinning computer. so my heart's staying out of this one.

  • March 20, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    make that mouth. fucked in

    by tracheattack

    make that mouth. fucked in the mouth.

  • March 20, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    The person who shoudl play Rorshach is.....

    by grendel69

    Doug Hutchison = Toombs. Anyone who saw him in the first episode of S2 of Millennium knows its true. He would own this part.

  • March 20, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    style over substance? please say no...

    by AskaniSon2001

    now, i saw 300...and, yes i was visually pleased. and did i feel something for the characters? RARELY...i think once i had an emotion other than "kick ass!" but 300 was indeed kick ass watchmen is more than kick ass, it's SMART, DETAILED, LAYERED and HIGH ART. i just would rather have a movie that's not so amazingly stylized if it meant having a movie with more substance. i just hope it turns out well, i still have my fears he'll turn it into a "KICK ASS" movie instead of an "AMAZING FILM"

  • March 20, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    oh and...

    by AskaniSon2001

    alec baldwin for any role in the film.

  • March 20, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    I'm down with Happyfat's dream cast...

    by Childe Roland

    ...and I think that Everett Robert should NOT read the source material before seeing this film.<p>My reasons?<p>Cusack would be perfect for Dan and he and McGinley are relatively tight, so I think they could work a certain uneasy chemistry.<p>And I'm just really curious to see how someone not as in love with the source material as I am will react to the film, so if Everett can go without reading it and come back for a discussion after opening day, then BAM! Instant control group.<p>Come on, Everett! Do (not) it for science!

  • March 20, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Rorshach is not that old...

    by genro

    you guys are throwing at people close to 50. He's much younger than the rest of the group. Only Comedian and Nite Owl have to be 40+. Manhattan and Ozy do not age, and Spectre will be a 20ish Biel-type "actress".

  • March 20, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    TIM ROTH AS ROARSCHACH

    by HoldenGogol

    I am surprised no one has thought of that, he has the hieght, the rage, and most importantly he can act. Val kilmer as OZYMANDIAS, has the look and the ego...and I really hope Ron Perlman plays The Comdeian.

  • March 20, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Ulysses Isn't a Novel Either

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Just so you know, it's a poem

  • March 20, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Are you serious?

    by Mooly

    Ron Pearlmean as the comedian? Bruce Willis? Have you even read the comic, because if you have you would see why these are terrible choices. And I like both those guys as actors. But no...just no. When I read the article my first thought was The Comedian would be perfect. He's the rough, militant, poltically-incorrect, disillusioned soldier. That I can see. Ron Pearlman though? Please. The Owl is a nerd and a middle aged pudgy guy. I could maybe see Nick Cage as the guy...maybe, but only because I loved Adaptation. But the fact is that if The Watchmen is to be as good as we all want it to be, it needs to be lond and it needs the budget spent on the movie itself and not celebrities. Celebrities as the roles will only take away from the movie. Maybe go with one celebrity for Ozymandius. I even thought Brad Pitt would be a decent choice as an ironic bit of casting. Ozymandius is the pretty-boy, no real-talent, sell-out celebrity of the group.

  • March 20, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    No- Ulysses is a novel by James Joyce

    by Lost Prophet

    A boring one, but a novel nonetheless.

  • March 20, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Well, at least one person is thinking what I'm thinking

    by 7pointedstar

    Tim Roth as Rorschach. Though, I'll admit that I do like the Guy Pearce idea as well...but he's said he would never do a comic book movie.<br><br>So...Tim Roth it is.

  • March 20, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I've said it before and I'll say it again...

    by rbatty024

    Zack Snyder just isn't smart enough to adapt Watchmen. 300 isn't a terribly smart movie and he didn't understand the few complexities of that comic, so there's no way he's going to understand Watchmen.

  • March 20, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Fantasy Casting is hard not to do

    by liljuniorbrown

    Of all the choices I have seen I liked Steve Busecimi, Alec Baldwin,Kurt Russell,Brad Pitt,Charisma Carpenter and Nic Cage.One question though,since the comic was mostly....well how do I put this? Non Ethnic,what will the fanboy nation do when they change Nite Owl or even Ozymandis to an African American man which would make Denzel Washington awesome for the role (Ozymandis) or even a Latino actor. I know Alan Moore would be upset but I think it would work,even add a new dimension to the flick.

  • March 20, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Denzel Washington as Ozymandias

    by liljuniorbrown

    Just got off the phone with Zack Snyder, he said "Denzel gotta eat" Then he had a beer and cheeted on his wife. Misspelled Ozymandias in the last post, sorry Watchmen.

  • March 20, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Casting

    by BobParr

    Bradd Pitt would be terrible as Ozy. Pitt talks with a marble mouth. He couldn't sell himself as a genius. Cruise would be good. Kilmer has gotten fat. He would have to get into shape. We have to remember that all of these heroes are bad-asses. Whoever plays Rorshac would have to be intimidating. Jeff Goldblum is too old and weird to play Night Owl. Rutger Hauer is way too fat and old to play The Comedian. I DON'T WANT TO SEE ANYONE WEARING RUBBER MUSCLES!!

  • March 20, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST

    TO MESSI

    by DS9Sisko

    Although I made a vow to not defend my "ultimate cast," I will do so on a limited basis. First of all, the reason the list isn't "set" is that in most roles I have have alaternate actors. Second, I don't know any golden rule that says a particular character HAS to be an unknown (a la Rorshach); in my pion, the actor has to be able to play all the facets and not just his badass batshit rage but (if included in a script, as Snyder has indicated) everything stemming from his profound "mother issues" (remember, his mother's "promiscuity" and how men treated her served the framework for his morality while finding the dogs eating the girl's bones snapped his psyche). A great actor -- known or unkown -- has to pull that off, not simply one not known to the masses. Third, as far as individual choices, again I went for an actor and not simply a "look". TO answer your question, not only have I seen Captain Metropolis, I actually read the original twelve issues of Watchmen as they were released and still have them in cherished mint condition. So, yes, William H Macy for Captain Metropolis because while Cap Metro physically looks intimidating he is also ineffectual and Macy can pull that off with ease; the only other actor that comes to mind for both the physical/innefectual combo is Brendan Fraser. But I still like Macy for Cap Metro. As for Helen Mirren for Sally Jupiter, the actress herself is a very handsome woman (sexy even), but she can play a wide range of roles and has done..let's say not pretty....in a little movie for which she recently picked up an Oscar; but my pick was Meryl Streep. Believe it or not, Paul Newman was on my list for Hollis Mason and I think he would be a fantastic choice, yet as you feel a known actor would overshadow Rorshach I also believe the legend of Newman would overshadow Mason. An Newman already played a "Hollis Mason"-type...in voiceover for Cars. But I also think John Mahoney can convey every single quality that Hollis requires and is a fine, fine actor. And, finally, the ONLY casting choice I think is absolutely horrible is Bruce Campbell as The Comedian; this favorite seems to fulfill some fanboy masturbation fantasies but I just don't buy it. I love me some Campbell, but not for The Comedian. Seriously, can you HONESTLY see Bruce Campbell raping anyone without it coming across as slightly snicker-worthy? The person that perfectly fits The Comedian in all his fucked-upity is none other than Ray Liotta. Slap a moustache on that puppy.

  • March 20, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    George Clooney should play Ozymandias

    by SeanMiller

    He is the perfect age, in good shape, and the current self appointed king of Hollywood. He needs to do something edgy anyways. I am so bored with the whole Oceans 15 thing. Talk about stunt casting.

  • March 20, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    casting: Talkbackers as STFU

    by captainCAPSLOCK

    it's the same thing as shouting 'Freebird!' at shows...stop being lame.

  • March 20, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Reelzzzz

    by landocolt45

    The only thing that I hate right now about Reelz is the lack of content, but it is a new channel so I can forgive them for right now. I am sure Zach will do good by the Watchmen. I can't wait to see what it will look like. Harry what kind of show are you doing for Reelz? Is it a review show or a behind the scenes? Or something else? WE WANNA KNOW!

  • March 20, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST

    observations about Snyder

    by oisin5199

    He knocks on wood. He's got some badass tats. He's buff. And he disses Ghost Rider and X-Men 3 for wimping out on their PG13 ratings. And he knocks on wood. That's not a metaphor. He actually did it in the interview.

  • March 20, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    I'll admit I like that Snyder is keeping this in 1985.

    by rbatty024

    In fact, the only way this adaptation will work is if Snyder is going to stay extremely close to the original comic. I don't trust Snyder's understanding of the comic enough that I think he would be able to make significant changes and keep Alan Moore's complexities.

  • March 20, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Snyder

    by killing joker

    He's not exactly Kubrick is he. I expected him to say WHOOOOA! at any second.

  • March 20, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Mark Hamill as Rorschach...

    by St1r

    I'd like that, or at least accept it. The voice performance will have to rank up there with the all time greats like Claude Rains. Matthew Modine as Nite Owl. But then again...what do I know?

  • March 20, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Gerard Butler...

    by Arnold Zeck

    ...as the castaway in The Black Freighter. I think he fits better in that role than anything else. Plus, I'm sure he could bite the hell out of a seagull with those choppers of his...

  • March 20, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see Susan Sarandon play Sally Jupiter...

    by zer0cool2k2

    and her daughter Ava Amurri play the same character in flashbacks. I wish they could clone William Smith and have him play The Comedian at about the age he was in "Any Which Way but Loose". And take a look at Harry Connick JR. in CopyCat. That's what I picture Rorschach looking like. Maybe one of the Jennifer's (Aniston or Garner) for the new Silk Spectre. How about reteaming Brad Pitt and Ed Norton as Ozymandius and Rorschach? As far as Night Owl, I guess Cusack is as good a choice as I've heard. Although he'd probably want Jeremy Piven to join him as rorschach.

  • March 20, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    MESSI: Dude, this ain't a flame war

    by DS9Sisko

    I absolutely understand why you and others (including many directors and writers who have tackled this project in the past) want Rorshach to be an unknown. I happen to not agree with that specific sentiment, as I elaborated. Take, for example, Simon Pegg as Rorshach. Fanboys, genre lovers and those who have seen some of his films may be familiar with him, but to the broad moviegoing audience he's still pretty much an "unknown." Or take another route: no matter who is pegged to play Rorshach, the news is going to be announced and discussed endlessly and many interested parties are going to go to the source material...or read a spoilerish Entertainment Weekly article...or Google the hell out of the graphic novel/characters what have you. At what point or good will it have been to have an "unknown" in the role if Ken Tucker has already blabbed it to the universe? So while having an "unknown" in the role is not a bad idea, it's not that necessary in this age of spoilers and web scrutiny. FInally, no, I did not read YOUR cast list before compiling my own, but I trust as I assume you do that no matter who we come up with for this dream cast, someone somewhere has mentioned at least one of the names on them. As it stands, I love the idea of Paul Newman as Hollis Mason, but I like Mahoney better. And, for the record, I have always detested the idea of Bruce Campbell as The Comedian, who you describe as a "grade b nasty character" but who I always thought of as a symbol of inverted and twisted American values. It is not a character by which to "cheer" in fanboy glee that "Bubba Hotep is the Comedian! Fuckin A!" The Comedian always had more depth than you give him credit, and I can't see Bruce Campbell's Comedian viciously raping Sally Jupiter and still somewhat caring for her. I can't visualize Bruce Campbell's Comedian's shock and reget over discovering that Laurie is his daughter. I can't see Campbell's Comedian coming apart at the seams in a devastating way after discovering what's happening on the island and it not comign across as hokey. And it's not for a lack of imagination on my part: as I said, I think Campbell is a a marvelous actor. But not for the Comedian. At this stage of the casting game, I would love to see Liotta in the role. Even Butler would be good, I think. Like I said, this ain't a flame war, just a difference of opinion.

  • March 20, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I read through the talkback, and I agree with a lot of

    by zer0cool2k2

    I too considered Steve Carell as Nite-Owl. I was also thinking William Fichtner has to have some role in this. He's just too great a character-actor. I considered Tim Robbins as Nite-Owl as well, but combined with my suggestion of Sarandon, I thought it would be way too much the "Robbins/Sarandon:Hear us roar show". Someone mentioned Jason Isaacs for another role, but how about for The Comedian? He can play mean enough to rape someone. And I bet few enough people would recognize Jackie Earle Haley (despite his Oscar nom) to ruin the surprise. Just run the credits at the end.

  • March 20, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    WTF? The HEROES finale is ripping off WATCHMEN?!?

    by Triumph poops!

    What the hell?! Is HEROES ripping off WATCHMEN...literally? Okay, for fans of HEROES this will involve some SPOILERS, but I was just checking my email and in it I discovered yesterday's SciFi Weekly Newsletter (from SciFi Channel). And it says (quote):<p>Tim Kring, the creator of NBC's hit SF series Heroes, told fans that the show will eventually bring all of the main hero characters together before the season is out and offered a preview of the April 23 episode, in which many secrets are revealed about Mr. Linderman (Malcolm McDowell). At a panel for the Museum of Television and Radio's William S. Paley Festival in Hollywood on March 10, Kring unveiled a long scene from the next new episode, ".07," featuring McDowell's Linderman speaking with Adrian Pasdar's Nathan Petrelli (spoilers ahead!).<p>Among other things, viewers learn that Linderman has superpowers of his own, that he was once a member of a group of heroes, that the members of the group eventually used their powers for personal gain, and that he is behind the plot to blow up New York as a way to engender widespread fear, which he believes will bring the nation together in hope. Linderman also reveals a prophecy that Nathan will eventually wind up in the White House.<p>As for the season finale, Kring told fans that he was "still putting the final script together" but has it all mapped out. "I know everyone's fate," he said cryptically.<p>Greg Grunberg, who plays psychic cop Matt Parkman, said that he had already read the script for the 22nd of 23 episodes and that it "just blew me away." Who lives and who dies? "It's the nature of the show to know that we're all vulnerable," Grunberg added.<p>Hmm...he has powers TOO, was PART of a superhero team in the past, and is now going to blow up NYC in a covert way to bring people together. SOUND FAMILIAR?

  • March 20, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    All Heroes does is ripoff other media

    by Rupee88

    There's nothing original about that show.

  • March 20, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Tales of the black freighter...

    by IntenseScrute

    Would make an great 3-5 minute intro to the Watchman movie. It is, after all, the overall watchmen theme distilled into one little fucked-up story. Would be the perfect opening and sign of things to come. Then a pullback to reveal the little kid reading the comic, then pull back further to see the comedian's blood, then further for "Hmm. That's quite a drop". Rorshach's awesome diary entry can appear later in the film maybe?

  • March 20, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    "300 was the cinematic equivalent of having..

    by SpikeTBB

    " a frying pan hit over your head for 2 hours whilst the most wooden actor in the world sits next to you and screams in your ear" I liked the movie, but that comment gave me a mental image of William Shatner doing exactly that to unsuspecting movie patrons, and that's funny as hell. ""AAAHHH!!"<br> ::wham whamwahm::<br> "AAAHHH!!KHAAAN!"<br> Now, time to paint a big target on my chest: James Marsters as Rorschach.<br> Seriously, he could be all dead eyed psycho with the deep scary voice. And he is relatively short. He looks the part and can play that particular character perfectly.<br> He could do it, damn it. ::ducks flying rocks and bricks::

  • March 20, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    something strange

    by ABVH

    the watchman copy I have and the page they showed during the clip have different text... The Vietnam scene with dr. M. and the Comedian...

  • March 20, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Zack Snyder and WATCHMEN

    by one9deuce

    I have been pretty vocal about saying Zack is not the right choice to direct WATCHMEN. But he did something incredible that will give this movie a LOT of what it needs. He turned a bloody graphic novel into a hard-R blockbuster. Will WATCHMEN be rated R because of that? Yes. Will Zack have the creative freedom he needs to set it in 1985, make it true to the comic, have it be 3 hours if need be, and attract some seriously talented people to the project? The answer is yes. I only hope that he can take his directing to the next level to do WATCHMEN justice. It really is a brilliant, brilliant piece of work. <p> Two of my casting choices: Rorschach: Tim Roth (although I read the suggestion of Michael Keaton on another board, and I thought that was pretty inspired). Ozymandius: Val Kilmer. The guy can flat out create a brilliant character, and he has the look and the talent to make Adrian very memorable. People came out of TOMBSTONE talking about Doc Holliday. I would like to see the same kind of buzz for Ozymandius when people are leaving the theater.

  • March 20, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Most difficult adaptation to film ever

    by fatsackowind

    Watchmen was made for the graphic novel medium, and it is the Citizen Kane of comic books. This will perhaps be the most difficult film to make and will probably be the most difficult to satisfy the fanbase of the source material. I can't think of any other movie quite like it. (cept maybe V for Vendetta, or any other Moore novel)

  • March 20, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    messi, he has the same voice, it's that

    by superninja

    he has a babyface that disarming.

  • March 20, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Cusack has too many affected mannerisms to

    by superninja

    his acting. Please, keep him away from this movie. Also, Charisma Carpenter need not be involved, either.

  • March 20, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Snyder seems more interested in visuals...

    by rbatty024

    than he is with characters or his source materials philosophy. I think the guy needs to get out of the studio and sit back to read an actual book now and then. Unless he pulls a Robert Rodriguez and makes this an exact adaptation I see a train wreck coming. I think someone else mentioned that this guy's not exactly Kubrick. Well, Alan Moore is the Kubrick of comics and he deserves someone on his level tackling his work.

  • March 20, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST

    ABVH, you're right...

    by pealmeid

    My copy of Watchmen also has a different text from the one shown in the clip (page 13 of Chapter 2)! WTF? Can anyone check this out? Are there TWO versions of Watchmen out there? Holy Crap!

  • March 20, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Jackie Earle Haley As Rorshach Is Good Casting!

    by Buzz Maverik

    I hadn't thought of it, but it's dead on perfect and the guy is and has always been a superb actor (Kelly Leak was my hero)! I think Butler is too young for the Comedian. He'd work best as Dr. Manhattan.

  • March 20, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I know

    by ABVH

    and latter in the interview they show issue 4 page 15...text is also different than what I have

  • March 20, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    More differences in the text!

    by pealmeid

    The text on Chapter 4, page 15 is also different -- that's when Dr. Manhattan is talking to (the original) Nite Owl. It's at 4:16 on the video...

  • March 20, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Something to consider about the adaptation...

    by genro

    <p>The smaller bits are going to be used to established character and not something deeper to delve into. Take the Rorshcach stuff; is Snyder really going to be able to get into the psychiatrist, or will he just be able to use beats of it?</p><p>I think what Mori said about 300 should be remembered, that it was a series of money shots. To condense twelve issues into three hours should have a similar effect.</p>

  • March 20, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    more wishful casting

    by baaaaaaadmofo

    To be honest, when reading the book I always pictured Matthew Modine as the Nite-Owl, Brad Pitt (in Meet Joe Black "Am I Acting Yet or Just Staring?" mode), and, believe it or not, Clint Howard as Rorshach once he was demasked...I always felt that taking off his mask somehow demasculated him and he should be as pathetic and repulsive as possible...

  • March 20, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    CHUCK NORRIS IS RORSHACH! SHATNER IS NITE OWL!

    by Err

    WHO'S WITH ME?

  • March 20, 2007, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Sound Wave

    by pjdon

    Off the subject but i sent this to Harry and he didn't put it up. Shia LaBeouf said in an interview with UK mag Total Film that they have actually built a mobile phone that can change into a robot for Transformers and that it is called Sound Wave. It's on pg53, check it out. A lot of you will probably complain that his is too hip or contempary or something but i'm sure a cassette recorder was just as 'hip' in the 80's. This seems like a logical disguise for a spy robot and i personally can't wait to see an actual mobile transform, no cgi or nothing.

  • March 20, 2007, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Duh

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I was thinking of the Odyssey. Shows how smart I am. Well it does.

  • March 20, 2007, 8:30 p.m. CST

    David Wenham as Rorschach

    by zlad

    David Wenham would make an awesome Rorschach - he's got great range as an actor, he isn't afraid to play 'ugly' parts, he's a red head, probably about the right age for Rorschach, and he just worked with Snyder on 300.

  • March 20, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Also...

    by zlad

    Also, Wenham's not well known in the US, as far as I know. On another topic, I would love to see the intro to the film as a close-up of the comedian's face that appears as if he's maybe smiling or excited, and then as the credits roll over it, zoom out gradually until it becomes apparent that he's actually shitscared and plunging to his death. Then, *SMACK*, roll movie. Or then again, maybe not.

  • March 20, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Rorschach

    by The Finn

    Guy Pearce as Rorschach !!?? Our man who wears Kitty Genovese's dress on his face is supposed to be drop dead UGLY! William Macy could pull it off. Hey! How about Carrot Top?

  • March 20, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Guy Pearce as Ozy

    by The Finn

    Now that makes sense.

  • March 20, 2007, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Few things...

    by slapshot

    First, I've been saying Jackie Earle Haley as Rorshach for awhile, although that late mention of David Wenham has me thinking... hmmm... Like both suggestions of Brad Pitt or Jude Law for Ozy; Law's arguably a better actor, but Pitt will put butts in the seats. Second, if you haven't read it yet, it costs more, but the Absolute Edition of Watchmen is the way to go; beautiful book, tons of extras. (Think of it as an investment for the future; I've read Watchmen at least 20 times and I always find something new in it every single time. The book is holographic; you get out of it what you put into it, and it changes as you change. Shoulda won the Pulitzer.) Finally, after "Dawn" and "300", I totally trust Snyder to pull this off; I just hope he keeps the big reveal at the end. My favorite scene in the book is the whole shocker of "Do? I already did it thirty-five minutes ago." Completely floored me the first time I read it.

  • March 20, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    DOUG JONES FOR RORSCHACH!!

    by Dr. Rockso

    It could work...

  • March 21, 2007, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Rorschach MUST be an unknown actor

    by darwinmayflower

    end of story. the whole story.

  • March 21, 2007, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Butler

    by IMScully33

    I'd actually like to see him as Night Owl. I think he could pull it off and surprise everyone. He'd be wasted as the guy in the Freighter comic, imho.

  • March 21, 2007, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Clint Howard as Rorshach

    by ironburl

    I was thinking Clint Howard as Rorshach too baaaadmofo. Maybe 70's Clint Howard... He's too old and too known now. Need some other younger and tougher redhead maybe. BTW, it's 'emasculated', not 'demasculated'.

  • March 21, 2007, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Love the Batman references...

    by theseventhshore

    Keaton as Rorshach? Kilmer as Ozy? What next...let Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher (sp?) produce??? Gods. Legacy of the Bat, indeed. That said...Clooney COULD pull off Ozy (hair and body tweaks notwithstanding). He has the gravity, voice, charm, intensity, diction, and political 'weight'. Pitt IS too marble-mouthed. Kilmer IS to 'distant and pretty'. Ozy needs LAYERS, people!!! Comedian's easy casting, as is Manhattan. Rorshach, Nite-Owl, and Viedt are the money characters. And only ONE should be super-AAA-list. BTW...sudden brainfart. Anyone seen Kyle Maclachlan lately? A little puffy faced...a little worn down by life...a little whitebread and, dare I say it, 'impotent'. Smell what I'm cooking?

  • March 21, 2007, 3:08 a.m. CST

    300 and Watchmen are too different

    by Milou

    I'm glad if 300 can help to have more R-rated films ore more adult films with bigger budgets but I still think that you are not able to adapt Watchmen just because you have directed 300... The 2 original books are too opposed aesthetically, morally, politically and in the way the story is told...

  • March 21, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    A Director Can Make Each Film Differently...

    by Buzz Maverik

    ...Howard Hawks directed RED RIVER, HIS GIRL FRIDAY and probably did most of the directing on THE THING (although he's listed as producer). John Houston did THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE and ANNIE. Victor Fleming did THE WIZARD OF OZ and GONE WITH THE WIND. Okay, Snyder isn't any of these guys but he can get the job done. Fans need to get over the idea of a panel by panel recreation of WATCHMEN. We have the comic for that. SIN CITY was fine but ultimately an experiment in kissing Frank Miller's ass. I bought WATCHMEN in individual issues as it was first published, but if you can remove yourself from the Fanboy Party Line or Fanboy PC or whatever...it's a little dated. Still a great work, so put away your photon torpedos, but great as it is, it's a little over rated because we fanboys either over rate or under rate everything. It can be a good, interesting and overall faithful film but if you want panel by panel you've got all those versions of the graphic novel you shell out all your money for. They're right there on the shelf. Frankly, although I enjoyed SIN CITY and (sorta) 300, I am not going to go see another movie that recreate comic book panels. I got the gimmick. Like all gimmicks, it was fun but limiting...Love to see Jackie Earle Haley as Rorshach, Butler as Dr. Manhattan, Peter Fonda as the Comedian, Ralph Fiennes as Ozymandius, Tim Robbins as the Nite Owl and Bridget Fonda as the Silk Spectre. No Minute Men and no pirate comic.

  • March 21, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Casting

    by Sw0rdfish

    I like the idea of William H Macy as Rorschach; alternately, what about Steve Buscemi? As far as Moloch, the only person I can visualize is Martin Landeau.