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AICN Exclusive! So What’s Going On With WATCHMEN Casting?!

A longtime source reared his head today and passed on a few tips about faces we’re likely to see in WATCHMEN when Zack Snyder’s film version of the long-in-development graphic novel adaptation finally makes its way to the screen in 2008, and some of it’s surprising, while some of it isn’t at all. Right now, there are offers out to three people to join the cast. If the studio’s gotten to the point where they’re officially making an offer, you can expect that these people will most likely make it into the film. So that means we’ll see The Prom King, Patrick Wilson, suit up as Night Owl. I think he’s a great choice for Dan, and all you need to do is look at the work he did in LITTLE CHILDREN as an example of the sort of quiet sadness he’ll bring to the role. Dr. Manhattan is a tricky part, and there’s something alien and otherworldly about him. Keanu Reeves always seems to me to be on a different wavelength than anyone else on the planet, so when he steps into the part as the big blue superbeing, it might be a nice fit. And in the biggest “duh” of the year, Jude Law has been offered the role of Adrien Veidt, aka Ozymandias. Perfect choice, and Law’s been saying for years that he is a huge fan of the material. If anyone out there is more right for the role, I don’t know who it is. Hopefully we’ll have more WATCHMEN news for you as it develops, and my thanks to the always-watchful Boss Hogg for the heads up.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • May 21, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by Punch Man

    at Jude Law Tom Cruise would have been perfect

  • May 21, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by foreverguardian

    so looking forward to this

  • May 21, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Mark Hamil as Rorschach

    by CarbonGhost

    wouldn't that be cool?

  • May 21, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    William H. Macy...

    by Neil Peart

    ...should play Rorschach.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    not Keanu

    by KinoEye

    please... please no

  • May 21, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Is this skewing kinda young?

    by Wed Vid Guy

    For some reason I thought of a more middle aged cast. Still not a bad line-up

  • May 21, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Dr. Manhattan?!?!

    by GiggityGoo

    I can understand your reasoning, Moriarty, but... that role requires someone who can pull off the sadness required towards the end of the story, and not a one-note mannequin.<p>I guess I need to wait to reserve judgment, but... I was hoping for someone with better acting chops.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Dr. Manhattan's Reaction to Creating a Crystal Palace..

    by Aquatarkusman

    .. on Mars: "Whoa"

  • May 21, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Jude is perfect casting, I'd

    by csssgl

    Jude is perfect casting, I'd say Wilson would have to put on a few pounds to make it perfect... looks good so far... 'cept Keanu... I'll have to see what they do with him and how they do it, but I'm open to the idea. Dr. Manhattan looks like it'd be hard to do.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    sounds like shit to me

    by Rat Fink

    this will be terrible

  • May 21, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Dr. Manhattan?!?! (echo in here)

    by chrth

    Whilst I worship at the throne of Keanu, I do NOT see that.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    John C McGinley for Rorschach

    by Unbirthday

    Dr Cox as Rorschach. Nuff said.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by Err

    Phenomenal casting!

  • May 21, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by Spaz_Monkey

    Jude Law as Ozymandias? Perfect. Soon as I heard that, i couldn't picture anyone else but him in the role. I agree that Hammill would be AWESOME as Rorschach. MH has been impressing the fanboys for over 15 years with his voiceover work, but he needs a good movie role to break him out of the "Luke Skywalker" mindset everyone has of him, and this would be it. I can't quite see anyone as the Silk Spectre. Nobody currently has the 'it' factor needed to play her. Probably better off getting an unknown or indie actress to take on that role.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Jude Feckin Law! Feck no!!!

    by sillypig

    I've no feckin idea why that sissy bum is getting jobs! He can't act and nobody likes the fooker. Also too fraggin short. Jood hasn't cannot pull off the role of the brainiest man on Earth. On the otherhand if he muscles up and they ugly-fi the guy he would be ok as Rawshark but that only if they force Jood down our throats.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by DaleTremont

    Dr. Manhattan: Whoa.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Wed Vid Guy

    by slfricky

    They also have to be able to play the younger versions in the flashbacks, so it probably makes more sense to get younger actors who can get some minimal makeup to age them, than to get middle aged actors and expect them to convincingly portray 20 something versions of the characters as well.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Will Dr. Manhattan seek out the Oracle for guidance?

    by Err

    I hope so.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Lifetime Originals version

    by epitone

    Matthew Modine as Night Owl, Billy Campbell as Dr. Manhattan, Dan Futterman as Ozymandias.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    I wish they had gone a little older with the casting.

    by herow/1000faces

    Think John Cusack as Nite Owl. (I actually always pictured William Hurt as Nite Owl - even older casting.) As it stands - I vote for Paul Bettany for Rorschach.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Keanu Not Manhattan! Manhattan = Neal McDonough...

    by stlfilmwire

    Remember that actor from Boomtown and Band of Brothers? HE'S Dr. Manhattan. Keanu? Please don't cast him!

  • May 21, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST



    Will fuck this film up. HE IS WORTHLESS. I still dont get why he has any kind of career outside of TED. My boner just went down for this film.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    um, EW.

    by caltsoudas

    Okay Jude Law IS agood choice in my opinion for Ozymandias, but the other two are definately all wrong. Keanu shouldn't be let anywhere near something like Watchmen and Wilson is WAY too fit and good looking. I imagined someone older and out of shape for that part, like Paul Giamatti or something. As for Dr. Manhattan, I pictured someone like Djimon Hounsou playing him, whom I think would be perfect.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Jude Law should be Doc Manhattan!!!

    by Forestal

    Keanu Reeves????? That doesn't make sense....

  • May 21, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Not skewing young...

    by jimmy_009

    They will have to flashback to younger versions of them. My guess is it's easier to make a young person look older than an older person look young again. Hence, get younger actors.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Rorschach is either William H Macy, Jackie Earle Haley

    by stlfilmwire

    or uhh... David Caruso.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I never read Watchmen...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...but I'm not sure if Keanu Reeves and Jude Law be considered as great casting for anything.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I never read Watchmen...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...but I'm not sure if Keanu Reeves and Jude Law can be considered as great casting for anything.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    You know you want it. Ron Pearlman as The Comedian!

  • May 21, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by csssgl

    or Sam Rockwell.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Wow this movie is still moving forward?

    by IAmLegolas

    Good luck with that...

  • May 21, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Andy Serkis for Rorschach.

    by AnchorpersonOnTV

    Take that.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    good casting choice for Night Owl

    by vinceklortho

    in a smart, handsome, nerdy type of guy. A couple questions in regards to the story of Watchmen, which I'm sure have already been discussed. So, I'm sorry. BUT, will this take place in the 80's alternate universe NYC with Nixon as President and have flashbacks to the forties, sixties when explaining the origins of the groups? Plus, how are they going to do the parallel cannibal story that that kid reads at the newstand. Not to mention the totally in depth history of most of the characters. If you skimp on this stuff, you basically have a generic superhero whodunit story. It's the details and history which makes the book great.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    what is this Watchmen you speak of? is it like x-men

    by purplemonkeydw

    annoying geeky fanboy explosion in 3...2...1

  • May 21, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    You can make young actors look older easily

    by Multiplex

    but making old actors look younger (for the Minutemen flashbacks) is a lot harder. X-Men 3 did it well (it's about the only thing that shitfest did well), but it also cost some money -- money Watchmen could be spending elsewhere. And, caltsoudas, Wilson can eat some sandwiches to fatten up. Christ, why is it that fanboys have no imagination whatsoever?

  • May 21, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Doug Hutchinson for Rorshach

    by Err

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  • May 21, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Nice call stlfilmwire.

    by herow/1000faces

    Jackie Earle Haley is a great choice for Rorschach. Also, I agree with caltsoudas...Patrick Wilson seems a better fit for Dr. Manhattan then Nite Owl. If they were going a little older with casting I'd say John Corbett might make a good Osterman/Manhattan.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    If Tom Cruise had get the Ozy role...

    by slfricky

    You know they wouldn't get to use the line from when Rorschach is writing about his meeting with him: "Possibly homosexual? Must investigate further". And Manhattan is meant to be a cold, emotionless being for most of the film. Who better for emotionless performances than Keanu!

  • May 21, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by Err

    From what I heard...<br><br> Yes to the 80s timesetting. It's supposed to take place in the 80s. As for the Pirate story, rumors circulated that for time constraints, they might have to cut the Black Freighter parallel storyline.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Plus I actually pictured

    by caltsoudas

    Plus I actually pictured Jennifer Aniston as being a good Silk Spectre. Just because she seems so jaded and cranky all the time. Aniston is good at doing bitchy without coming off as a bitch and she's got that not too young/not too old/but still easy on the eyes thing going on.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by Romoehlio

    no way...still: WHERES RATCHET??

  • May 21, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Jude Law -Wrong Choice.

    by Punch Man

    I don't care if he has a Watchmen tattoo on his face, he's wrong for Ozy. He looks too young and will probably come off as too arrogant, AV was supposed to be likable. Keanu I'm Ok with for now until i see the make-up. It would have been better to get an unknown though.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Dr. Manhattan

    by Mr_X

    from what i remember from the books (read about 20 years ago, manhattan was a huge muscular blue guy. I cant see keanu playing that. although they can do anything with cgi aka tasg in the 300.Djimon Hounsou would be good but his accent would fark it up. needs someone who can act like brent spiner, like a emotionaless andriod. hold on.. keanus perfect!

  • May 21, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    stlfilmwire: Neal McDonough?

    by refrigerator

    I think you meant casting him as Ozymandias perhaps?

  • May 21, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    arent these guys supposed to be in their 40's at least?

    by BEARison Ford

    Interesting, although as others have said, it's easier to age rather than de-age. Dunno about Keanu, we'll see.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    stlfilmwire: Neal McDonough perfect for...

    by Calico Pete

    Captain America!

  • May 21, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    You don't need to age Keanu

    by chrth

    Remember, Doc Manhattan doesn't age anymore.

  • May 21, 2007, 4 p.m. CST

    Lee Evans = Rorshach

    by ducki3x

    I have been convinced for years that Lee Evans would make the perfect Rorshach. He has the mix of physicality and runty-scrawnyness that the role needs...

  • May 21, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Clive Owen as The Comedian

    by Calico Pete

    or else Russell Crowe? Kurt Russell? Edward James Olmos?

  • May 21, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Dr. Manhattan was annoying...

    by Aznbuddy

    Seriously, he was annoying to his first wife, his second wife and to the readers because he was too self-involved. Aloof. Keanu would be perfect for that! I admit I didn't like his casting in Constantine, but after watching it, I was totally fine with it. If they cast him, he'll do fine. And so will Jude Law and the other guy.<br><br>It's the casting of Silk Spectre, Laurie, that we should all be worried about. If they Alba-fy this casting, it'll be horrible. You cannot make a Watchmen 2 to make up for it. You fuck up Laurie Juspeczyk, you fuck up the Watchmen.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise as Ozymandias

    by godoffireinhell

    Would have been perfect, considering where Ozymandias ends up. It would have been a brave choice and pretty much the only Tom Cruise project I'd have looked forward to.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by Punch Man

    I don't think it's such a big problem, don't you think that the audience of Heroes are comprised mostly of comic book fans who know Watchmen already ?

  • May 21, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Rorshach = David Caruso

    by Skinny White Lad

    Freckled, Red Headed, and Calm Intensity. Clearly the obvious choice.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Snyder is going to butcher this adaptation

    by Dannychico

    He is a horrible choice for Watchmen. Yes, he can direct the hell out of an action scene, and he can turn a stylized graphic novel into a beautiful on-screen vision. Unfortunately, Watchmen isn't really stylized at all, and there are basically ZERO action scenes. Nothing in Snyder's ouevre shows he can handle the depth that this material demands.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Off the top of my head

    by Mr_X

    John Billingsley as night owl, tom selleck as the comedian.Jeffrey Combs as Rorschach and Aaron Eckhart as Ozymandias

  • May 21, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Yul Brynner for Dr. Manhattan!

    by ShaunTheEdifice

    Who is with me?

  • May 21, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    sehr interessant, ja?

    by evil mystical ninja

    Doc Manhattan always came across as a tall dude in the novel, and I don't associate Ted with tall. I know CGI allows lotsa stuff to happen but it just wouldn't look right, or at least in my head it doesn't. <p> I agree wholeheartedly with the peeps that said Doug Jones should get it - and I add that I think he should get to do the voice work as well because that dude CAN NOT catch a break, and it sucks! <p> The Dr Cox for Rorschach made me go "hmmmmm" for a second but I changed my mind after that minute. <p> I've never seen Mr Wilson (except that old guy in Dennis) so no comment on him... But agree with the "expected someone fatter/out of shape." <p> Perlman as The Comedian would be fuckin awesome... Doug Jones for Doc... would be cool if they found a "nobody" who was perfect for Rorschach... The chicks would be quite difficult actually - as long as it's not Jessica Alba for Silk Spectre II im happy. Ozymandias, I've got a friend who looks exactly like the character in the comic, but he can;t act.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    This Shit Just Got Real

    by Saluki

    I'm not seeing the Manhattan - Keanu connection, but SOMEONE has to play him, so it at least should be someone who is going to bring some attention and devotation to the role. He gets too much shit from fanboys, so I'm just going to wait until I go all yay or nay.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Rorschach casting

    by MrSpeed

    I think William H. Macy would be a fine choice for the character, as would Eric Stoltz, but after seeing Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg has my vote.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Damian Lewis for Rorschach

    by CeeBeeUK

    The guy from Band of Brothers, red head, tough, good actor... What more could you ask for?

  • May 21, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by Pennsy

    It took 63 posts for somebody to say that? ;)

  • May 21, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Interesting so far

    by one9deuce

    I can see Keanu as Dr. Manhattan, but not as the scientist who becomes Dr. Manhattan. If that makes sense. Patrick Wilson is a good choice for Nite Owl 2, I like that casting. Jude Law is a great choice for Ozymandius. He is an exceptional actor and a great looking and charismatic guy. He will own that part. <p> Rorschach is the pivotal role though. Jackie Earle Haley is a very interesting choice. And anyone saying John C. McGinley should be Rorschach, please go actually read WATCHMEN.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Always on the Ball

    by Khrono

    Great post as always Moriarty, Looking forward to more Watchmen news as I am a fan of the material also.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by AdrianVeidt

    I've always said that if anyone should play me it should be Jude Law. However, I'm not a dumb ass and would not cheat on someone as effing hot as Sienna Miller. Idiot.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    HEROES will beat it to the punch

    by CallerFromLA

    By the time Watchmen comes out, the whole story will have been told by Heroes on NBC. They are closely following the Watchmen concept and storyline. It's just not a giant squid thingy, it's a man gone nuclear, which is even more dramatic. It would be nice if the Heroes writers acknowledged this parallel in some episode.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    No Doug Jones for Manhattan...

    by Aznbuddy

    Because then we'd have a Blue Silver Surfer. Who wasn't silver. And just as nekkid.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    You fuck up Laurie Juspeczyk, you fuck up the Watchmen.

    by Canada's King

    Aznbuddy's post a few up top is on the mark about Silk Spectre. She's the generational glue that holds the two eras of Watchmen together, as well as connecting all the other characters. In a strange way, the actress who plays her is gonna have to face some challenging acting, too, considering half her scenes take place with a radioactive blue guy. To again echo what Aznbuddy said, Snyder & Co. CANNOT Alba-fy this casting.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Smells like

    by mrsinister7381

    bullshit to me. There is a world of difference between offered parts, auditions, etc and actual casting. Fucking Nick Nolte auditioned for Han Solo, doesn't mean shit.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by mrsinister7381

    Jude Law IS perfect as Ozy.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... I didn't say anything about "auditions." These are offers. The studio has put money on the table and negotiations are underway. It's a very specific part of the casting process, and once it gets here, it's pretty much done.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Manhattan

    by Mullah Omar

    I think this is perfect casting. I've seen a dozen names that would make for a good Rorschach (Mark Hamill, Daniel Craig, William Macy, etc), but I haven't seen any other decent suggestions for an actor that rivals Keanu for his emotionless, wooden style. William Hurt would have been a solid candidate back when "Watchmen" came out, but the guy is probably too old now.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    In all seriousness, though...

    by AdrianVeidt

    I really like these casting ideas. I'm a little iffy on Keanu. I think he'd be great at it, sure, especially after a performance like A Scanner Darkly, but he just doesn't seem to have the right LOOK about him. I've been wrong before, though...

  • May 21, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Skinny White Lad

    I really like the idea of Jennifer Connelly as II... and how cool would it be to have Lynda Carter as I? You might have to age her a little bit, but you can still tell that she was/is a beautiful woman, and it'd be a great way to bring in a kind of vibe that the graphic novel has as a commentary on superhero stories.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST

    NBC Anchor Brian Williams for Dr. Manhattan's VOICE

    by Canada's King

    When I hear Dr. Manhattan's voice when I read the novel, it sounds like I'm listening to what a God would sound like. Yeah, sounds corny, but Dr. Manhattan seems like he'd have a voice that is ageless and accentless. Almost like a news anchors. Calm, but commanding. Keanu can do calm, but can he do commanding?

  • May 21, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Rorsach needs to be an unknown

    by wackedfuck

    Think about it. In the graphic novel, the guy with the billboard is just sort of there. You don't really notice him that much. Hell, I had to go back just to see who he was when they took R's mask off. That's what is needed. Someone who's not immediately recognizable. You put someone that people are familiar with in the role, they'll already know he's important to the story when they first see him, which is not a good thing. Sure, it won't make much of a difference to those of us who have read the story, but think of those who haven't. They need to be surprised during the reveal and only an unknown actor can provide that.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Keanu is not a good choice

    by Lance Rock


  • May 21, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Rorschac and Wilson

    by Blueberry

    I was watching "Little children" last week, thinking that James Earl Haley who was rumored to be in the run for Rorschach, was a very good choice. And strangely enough I was also thinking that Patrick Wilson could have been a good Manhattan. To me, the perfect NiteOwl would have been Norton. Wilson is a bit too cute for the part.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Unbirthday - John C. McGinley

    by spud mcspud

    Definitely John C. McGinley for Rorscach. Fantastic casting! I actually think he was pretty menacing in NOTHING TO LOSE, but as that was a Martin Lawrence movie, I reckon virtually no-one else in this talkback will have seen it. Dammit.<P>And if Doc Cox WAS to be Rorscach, imagine the scene at the end of the novel, Rorscach and Dr Manhattan facing each other in the snow:<P> RORSCACH: Yes, your attitude bothers me, yes this whole goddamn case bothers me, and yes, YOU! BOTHER ME!!!<P>DR MANHATTAN: Caught my first tube this morning. Sir. Whoa.<P>This is gonna be fucking hilarious. At least Jude Law got the right gig.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by finky089

    Oh, wrong bitchfest, sorry. <p> Good rumors. Hope they pan out.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by The_Comedian

    It just makes sense people.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by Blueberry

    If Keanu is Manhattan, that also means that Gerard Butler will be the Comedian.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Luiz Guzman for the voice of Dr. Manhattan

    by finky089

    You know you want it.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    paint the Silver surfer blue for Dr Manattan

    by badboymason

    seriously, a CGI Doc with Doug Jones, Larry Fishburne or James Earl Jones doing his voice...

  • May 21, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Reginald Vel Johnson for Rorshach!

    by finky089

    he could pull it off for two twinkies and a fruit pie.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Billy Zane for Doc Manhattan

    by Skinny White Lad

    Listen to your friend Billy Zane. He's a cool guy.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Don Cheadle for Indy's baby mama!

    by finky089

    oh, I give up.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Well, it's over before it began...

    by superhero

    If I needed proof that they'd fuck it up here it is. Oh, well, I'll probably see it on cable. Sad.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I though John Cusak would be the perfect Nite Owl

    by BGDAWES

    But I actually like Patrick Wilson in the role more. Let's not be surprised if we find King Leonidas casted as The Comedian though, for some reason I have a feeling that might happen. I hope I'm wrong.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Jude law will give Rorshach an extra power

    by emeraldboy

    the power of Nanny seduction.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Excuse me..."Cast"

    by BGDAWES

    Casted isn't a word. You're a dumbass BGDAWES.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Patrick Wilson as a hunky Nite Owl?

    by Rupee88

    You've got to be kidding me...Nite Owl was a middle aged pudgy guy in the book and Patrick Wilson is a super studly muscular guy. But Snyder nailed 300, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. It didn't work out with Singer and Superman, but maybe this will be different.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Just went back....

    by evil mystical ninja

    And had a look at Rorschach in chapter 10, and Damian Lewis could work appearance wise for sure. He's probably a good enough actor to capture all the weird aspects of Rorschach's character, in and out of costume so who knows! <p> I think Snarf, with a little help from the CGI department would be perfect for Bubastis... Definitely! <p>William H Macy for Moloch. I just decided. lol

  • May 21, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Simmer down now, masterclass fanboy dorkgoons

    by Cider Mouse Rules

    This casting is fine. Sure, Keanu as Doc Manhattan is maybe a bit disappointing sounding... but by the time you paint Keanu blue, shave his head, and CGI him so he's 30 feet tall you are going to have an image of a character that has no context in Keanu's previous films. The question is, can Keanu act vacant, meditative, spiritual, and angry? The answer is "of course he can". Jude Law as Ozy is a good fit. I'd prefer a more interesting and exciting choice, but the character is in Jude's range. Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl is inspired casting. William H. Macy or John Cussack would have been too obvious. Wilson was the best part of Little Children. He's an immensely talented actor. I was fortunate enough to speak with Snyder when he and Frank Miller were pimping out 20 minutes of 300 to various media outlets based in LA. My friends and I spoke with him for about five minutes about The Watchmen. After hearing him talk about it, I can say he definitely knows what he was doing. Dawn of the Dead was an absolute blast and 300 is a kickass work of art. You really have to give the benefit of the doubt here.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Dr. Manhattan

    by Rupee88

    I would have never thought of this, but I can see what you are saying that it may work. He does seem kind of "out there".. I hope they still make him blue, but we'll see.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    No more Keanu

    by hobomoviezapper

    I could only hope that they wouldn't dare cast keanu reeves.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I read sucked

    by Holodigm

    it was lame rip-off of Heroes

  • May 21, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Rorschach - Spoiler! (if you haven't read the comic)

    by bralli

    An unknown actor needs to be cast as Rorschach. Remember, the whole point of his character is that he is revealed to be a short crazy bum who we have already seen in the background throughout the book. If you cast a known actor like Eric Stoltz as the "crazy guy holding the end of the world sign", it will ruin the big reveal.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    What I heard...

    by Blueberry

    is that Rorschac mask will have lips.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    The Comedian

    by bralli

    Has to be...Ian McShane.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Keanu puts asses in seats

    by Rupee88

    Yeah, there are 1000 actors who would be better in the part, but there are 100,000 who would be worse, so I'm willing to accept this is not quite as bad as Jessica Alba in Sin City and that almost worked, so I think this will too.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Some of you are idiots...

    by jrbarker

    Just because an actor has red hair DOESN'T automatically make him "perfect" for Rorschach. Or someone with a bald head makes him "perfect" for Dr. Manhattan.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88 are joking, but many people will not when Watchmen is released.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Rosie O Donnel

    by evil mystical ninja

    For the Lesbian Taxi Driver at the news stand... oh ja. <p> I would actually really like to see Jeff Bridges as Dreiberg/Nite Owl 2. MEGA SPOILER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Dan Dreiberg Cant get it up unless he's wearing his costume, yup, you heard it here first people.

  • May 21, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    older casting

    by Rupee88

    Teens don't like to see old farts in movies. And teens are what drive the box office business. There will some major compromises with the source material, but many of these are probably necessary to get a decent budget. Again, it was a sellout that Nancy wasn't naked in Sin City, but we dealt with it because of the greater good. I'm usually a purist, but I've learned by now that Hollywood is very impure and maybe Snyder can tow the line and make it work.

  • May 21, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    Bruce Willis

    by KneelBeforeZod

    Harry, use your pull. Get Bruce to read the script. He should be the Comedian.

  • May 21, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    I think it's going to suck, too...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    Snyder is all about making "kickass" movies that kick your ass until it's not even an ass worth kicking anymore. Fine. That is not Watchmen. Watchmen should be directed by Unfrozen David Lean. It should take its time, and feel like it was made for adults, by adults, and is about adults. It can still kick some ass, but with some sense of relevance and resonance, rather than just "is this cool or what?". Some time spent with characters where we're not going "whoa, it almost looks like they're not on a greenscreen stage, but actually in a real place! wicked backgrounds! wicked tunes!" It should be a drama, but with amazing action and effects sequences that support the story content. Snyder is all about "coolness". You can tell by how young he seems to be looking for a cast, if this scoop is any indication. That's why it will suck. As far as my dream casting ideas go, off the top of my head: Rorschach- Paddy Considine, Dr. Manhattan- Billy Zane, The Comedian- Ron Perlman, Night Owl- John Cuzack, Ozymandias- Tom Cruise...I also like the sound of the Connelly/Carter Spectres thing.

  • May 21, 2007, 5 p.m. CST


    by solitaire

    My cast was always as follows: Nite-Owl: Jeff Bridges, Rorschach: David Caruso (voice and mannerisims seem dead on, as are his looks with a forrest gump haircut)Ozymandias: Val Kilmer, Dr. Manhatten: William Hurt, Silk Specter 1: Sigourney Weaver, Silk Specter 2: Diane Lane, Comedian: Ron Pearlman (gotta admit...never considered that before, but he beats Berringer, my original choice) Mystic villian of Rorschach who's name begins with an "M" that escapes me right now: Ron Rifkin. Thing with this movie is, the source material has become so much more than a graphic novel, it is a universally respected work of literature that gets the gold standard in ivy league english classes, and rightfully so. Every one of us who has read this over and over has our own vision of it, the best we can hope for is that there is respect given. After 300, I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt, and I don't see keanu getting cast as set in stone at this point.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Thats 2 for Jeff Bridges

    by evil mystical ninja

    Woop Woop.... Moloch is the villain you're thinking of btw ^^

  • May 21, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Sorry Morey, but those are some bad choices.

    by Boneyard

    I prefer these: Night Owl - John Cusack Doc Manhattan - David Hyde Pyrce (DHP for before accident, CG w/voice for after) Rorscharch - David Caruso Comedian - Kurt Russell Jude Law - Ozymandias

  • May 21, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST

    evil mystical ninja

    by solitaire

    I bow to you sir, thanks ;-)

  • May 21, 2007, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Keanu???!!!! NO FUCKING WAY

    by Evil Hobbit

    Terrible actor who's marked as NEO for the rest of his life.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Jeff Bridges

    by Blueberry

    Would have been a great NiteOwl, 12 years ago. And he has a couple of projects already lined up for the next months.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Physical Appearance

    by Skinny White Lad

    Given, Red Hair does not a Rorschach make. Nor does Baldness make a Manhattan (btw were it the 1950s Yul WOULD be an awesome Doc M). But the comic is a visual medium, and I think it's clear that the appearance of each character was carefully crafted in the novel. That's not to say that Snyder has to stick with that, or that tweaking what characters look like would detract from the film. But it IS to say that if you don't have to movie magic an actor into a look it might be advantageous. And I'd love to see a Rorschach that stepped out of those square panels as much as a Drieberg or a Comedian. And I think the ideal casting is going to combine both the look of the character as well as the acting chops that are required to bring that character to life. Talk them both up!

  • May 21, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Patrick Wilson or Kip Pardue???

    by rutgerman

    I cannot for the life of me tell them apart!

  • May 21, 2007, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Patrick Wilson would be great for any superhero

    by CherryValance

    I'm not sure if he's a good fit for this role since I only read the book once. So I'd have to go back and check but I definitely remember Dr. Manhattan and can't think of why Keanu wouldn't be great. But Ozymandias, wasn't he cooler than Jude Law? Like an all American rich kid type, like JFK, Jr.?

  • May 21, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Dr. Manhatten should be CGI

    by V'Shael

    and voiced by computer speech synthesiser. Not the 80's crappy one that Stephen Hawking uses. A modern one.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Famke Janssen for Laurie

    by Evil Hobbit

    She is perfect for the part.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    This is a cool Talkback

    by Rupee88

    "Watchmen" is my "Transformers"

  • May 21, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Dr. Manhattan should be...

    by Aznbuddy

    ...voiced by Bob Dole!!! Dig it!

  • May 21, 2007, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Jim Thirlwell

    by robertdee

    Perfect Casting for Rorschach. He's a musician but he's been embodying that kind of persona for years and he looks the part. Checkout the pictures on

  • May 21, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Rorschach is like the dude in V for Vendetta

    by Rupee88

    He is behind the mask 99% of the time, so it doesn't matter how he looks really. I mean he takes off the mask at the end, but that's the only time (except for maybe some flashbacks). I just hope that Snyder doesn't pull a "Raimi" and keep Rorschach maskless the whole movie becuase he thinks we can relate to him better. That woudl be really bad.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Dr Manhattan would suck if he was CGI

    by Rupee88

    I don't know if you've noticed by it's not possible to do realistic CGI humans yet. And it won't be possible in our lifetimes. You saw how much people hated The Hulk (who I thought was fine). But you essentially end up with a real person acting with a puppet and that never works...maybe with mosters (Gollum) or animals (King Kong), but not with humans. We are incredibly discerning when it comes to a human face and human movement, and anything that doesn't look perfect will be too distracting. You can mo-cap the movement and get clsoe, but the face is always going to be off even if you mo-cap that. It just won't work and would eat up too much budget to even get remotely close.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST


    by Marwood 1974

    From my recollection of the book, isn't Rorschach supposed to be 'somewhat' threatening? Now I'm not claiming to be a tough guy, but... I could twat Simon Pegg from here to Peking. And back. Paddy Considine or Doug Hutchison. End. Of. Fucking. Story.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Dr. Manhatten's voice....

    by vinceklortho

    I'm a little worried with Keanu talking. Everything else, shaved head, all blue, you won't be able to tell it's him. I can tell you that he will have the perfect stale and wooden mannerisms for the Dr. I always imagined the Dr., through the pics in the novel, of some buff blond guy, much like a Arnold Mr. Freeze type thing. Hey, settle down nerds! Just picture it!

  • May 21, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Uh, this movie is slated to come out next summer...

    by Canada's King

    So unless Warner Bros. pushes Watchmen back for the winter (which they should), there just isn't enough time to CGI Dr. Manhattan and do it justice.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Happy with Wilson and Law...Meh on Reeves

    by DannyOcean01

    I always heard Fishburne's voice. Unless Reeves is just playing Osterman which could work.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Patrick Wilson is waaaaay to young

    by Evil Hobbit

    Dan is supposed to be a man in his midlifecrisis. Frankly the whole cast seems a bit young.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Jude Law is cinematic cancer.

    by jenkis

    That is all.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Keanu? maybe he can pull the CGI Doc part..

    by Wonderboys

    but I can't see it as the melancholic watchmaker Jon Osterman... I thought Gerard Butler was a lock for that part... Jude Law I can see why are they going for him, but he seems too nice to be Veidt.. I always rooted for Sean Bean for that part. For Rorschach, I've always thought that William Fichtner would be an awesome Rorschach... For the Comedian, some years ago Mel Gibson was dead on... Ron Perlman its too obvious, and I can imagine him playing it a bit like his characther of Blade II or Alien Resurrection... better not, thanks... In a bit of stunt casting I choose Jason Statham, thats a though sonofabitch.. (ok, I now he has no hair... and is way too young)...

  • May 21, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Doctor Manhattan won't be CGI

    by Blueberry

    And there's no reason for it. He's just a blue guy and maybe you should read again the report that Moriarty made last year when Greengrass was still supposed to direct. He saw a test for a DocM where they used a special body paint that when properly lit looks like a sparkling blue.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Middle aged cast

    by kafka07

    I expected more middle aged casting too, but you can't make everyone old; I'm sure they want to cover enough demographics. Patrick Wilson, not my first choice for Night Owl, but a good one. William H Macy would be a good middle aged Night Owl. Jude Law as a snobby genius billionare fits, I think. Keanu Reeves too for the blue Manhattan guy. I didn't add anything new to the discussion but I'm excited they're making this! Best graphic novel EVER.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    oh, and fuck William H Macy...

    by Wonderboys

    either for Rorschach or for Dan Dreiberg... he looks too comedic to pull either part off.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    CGI MoCap for Dr Manhattan

    by Happyfat73

    They've got the technology to pull it off magnificently - it will allow them to do "Otherworldly" way better than shaving Neo and painting him blue.</p> I've always maintained that I'd love to see John Cusack as Nite Owl and John C. McGinley as Rorschach (or Paddy Considine since seeing Dead Man's Shoes).</p> I think Jude Law isn't comanding enough to be Adrian Veidt - I'm thinking Val Kilmer would be the man.</p>

  • May 21, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    I have no problem with this casting so far

    by oisin5199

    these characters are only partially about a "look" which is easy to achieve with makeup, wardrobe and cg (if necessary). It's all about how you play them. Is Snyder an actor's director? Not from what I've seen, but maybe he'll surprise us. Yes, Keanu's range is limited, but he can do some great things. How he played the role in Scanner Darkly was spot on. Anyway, to me, these are the three easiest roles to cast in the film. It's the others that will make or break it. <p> And to whoever said it, I do NOT think that most Heroes fans know Watchmen. Many Heroes fans have never even picked up a comic book. I think it's the very vocal minority who have been screaming 'Watchmen ripoff.'

  • May 21, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    This is ME talking about WATCHMEN CASTING...

    by Brians Life

    Could it be better? Sure. Here's how I break it down....JUDE LAW looks alot like Ozymandias and I believe he's quite a good actor. He's young, but than Ozymandias was sort of a character that defied age in a way. PATRICK WILSON I think will do quite fine if he gains some wieght for the scenes where OwlMan is older, also quite a good actor. As for KEANU...I think if you're EVER thinking about casting Keanu Reeves it's GOTTA be for a part in which he plays detached,naive, and a little "duh"...THAT is Doctor Manhattan. Yes, he's incredibly brilliant but his entire struggle is that he's a God among men not because of his knowledge but because he no longer understands men. I'm a fan of this casting. As for RORSACH I'd love if they cast two completely different people for his masked and unmasked roles. Those who are saying William H. Macy are thinking too literal...honestly think that Simon Pegg wouldn't be bad. Jeez, some of the casting specs you guys make...I actually saw a post with some one suggesting VIN DIESEL as Dr. Manhattan....REALLY?!?!

  • May 21, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Mark Hamil as Rochsach Carbon Ghost?

    by blindambition238

    Holy shit, I wish I came up with that... too bad hell will freeze over before that happens...

  • May 21, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Stacy Keach = The Comedian


    Make it so.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST



    I just need to focus on the Matrix Keanu and not the Johnny Nemonic Keanu.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Rorschach - Daniel Day Lewis

    by dirkadirkadirka

    In a perfect world, Daniel Day Lewis would act the shit out of this character and carry this project to the place we all want. Andy Sirkis is a good call...I've thought about him as well. Roarschach is all about the eyes, that blank stare, and I could see Serkis pulling that off. Third choice, how about Gary Sinese, I haven't seen him mentioned yet. He's a great actor when given the parts and the material.

  • May 21, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Brians Life

    by Wonderboys

    You seem to have a very good knowledge of the graphic novel... "Owlman"? "Rorsach"? Simon Pegg? have you actually read Watchmen?

  • May 21, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    One of the major parts of the novel is when Rorschach's actual face is revealed. Everyone thinks he's this macho, badass, but it's revealed he's this short, ugly 'nothing'. For me that's one of the main reasons Rorschach's skin becomes his only face. Of course it fucking matters what he looks like. Did you skim read the bloody thing?

  • May 21, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis for Manhattan

    by DannyOcean01

    Could work better than Rorschach.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson as Comedian...

    by Evil Hobbit

    Spot on Wonderboys, and still possible today.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by Bass Ackwards

    The only actor for Manhattan!

  • May 21, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    You gotta be freakin' kidding me!!!

    by dtwookieman

    Keanu "I couldn't act my wooden self out of a paper bag if my Oscar depended on it" Reeves as Dr. Midnite?? Um, NOOOOOO. ANd I think there should be only one actor to play Rorschach, and that's Ewan Bremner (Red from Pearl Harbor, he is also in Black Hawk Down, and AVP) When they unmask Rorschach in the comics, I could swear that Ewan Brennen is a spitting image of him, and he can pull off the psychotichness that Rorschach requires very well. Harry, if you are reading this, and if you have any influence on Zach Snyder's casting, tell him to cast Ewan Bremner. Just go to this link here and tell me you don't think he is a spitting image of Rorschach unmasked from the comics.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Oh and one more thing...

    by purplemonkeydw

    This guy just delievered the baddest ass comic movie ever in 300 (yeah I said it)...have a little faith, nerds. In response to your anticipated fanboy rage, I say: 'THIS...IS...SPARTA'...and kick you in a pit (slo mo of course).

  • May 21, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    not terrible casting

    by dirkadirkadirka

    I must admit I've never heard of Patrick Wilson and I've not seen any of his stuff, so I'll hold off judgement on that one. Jude Law is a good choice. He's actually perfect. Good actor, right look for the part, somewhat big name (but not too big). If Tom Cruise is cast then you just know that Ozy is going to play some big part towards the end. You need to forget about him and Law is forgettable. He's played some good suppoting roles in AI and Road to Perdition. I like the choice. Keanu is not the best choice, but I don't think the worst either. Snyder must be in some kind of struggle with the studio over casting. Lets hope that the 'studio' choices are Reeves and Law and we'll get some really bold choices for some of the other more important roles. Keanu certainly didn't ruin the original fact he was pretty good in it. So when given the right role he does a decent job.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST

    James Spader for Night Owl

    by Diotima

    He's got the perfect look for the older version, but making him look young enough for the flashbacks would be a challenge. Then again, did anyone think Uma Thurmam could do a college flashback in Kill Bill?

  • May 21, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I agree with Purplemonkey

    by dirkadirkadirka

    Lets give the guy a f'n chance. 300 was pretty damn awesome. Snyder won't f around. right????

  • May 21, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Keanu as Siddhartha in Little Buddha = Dr. Manhatten

    by Calico Pete

    If you haven't seen Little Buddha, the scenes w/Keanu as Siddhartha are beautiful, and show he can look otherworldly, meditative, etc. Youtube has a clip that shows him meditative (though not as otherworldly as he appears in the rest of the film). Check him out at 2:00, 2:30, 4:12-4:45 (could be taking place on mars!), and 5:50 onward. <br><br> Another look from the film:

  • May 21, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Three way battle for the Comedian...

    by dirkadirkadirka

    The way I see it there are three damn solid choices out there for the role. 1). Micky Rourke 2). Ron Pearlman 3). Kurt Russell Any of those would work for me.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Now that you mention Paddy Considine

    by CherryValance

    wouldn't Gary Stretch be good for the Comedian?

  • May 21, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST

    more of Keanu's Siddhartha look

    by Calico Pete

    much clearer... use your imagination and you'll see Doc Manhatten:

  • May 21, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST

    The Comedian is....

    by Err

    more than likely going to be Gerard Butler.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Agree With Calico Pete

    by DannyOcean01

    Reeve's Neo and Buddha roles must have played a part in this decision. If he is playing Manhattan and not just Osterman, it'll be down to the delivery and Snyder's going to have to direct the man. It's his job after all.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Snyder is NOT...

    by theseventhshore actor's director. 'Dawn' was certainly cool, but the character arcs flattened out halfway through...and 300 was certainly gorgeous, but the performances were more 2D than the original graphic novel. Law will be fine...but I'm certainly vexed over the Keanu choice - sure, he IS a great physical actor (Matrix, Constantine, Point Break, and his Hamlet theatre run in Canada), but his emoting should be featured as part of a Ikea's discount furnishing line. Zach Snyder is NOT Paul Thomas Anderson here, kidlets...don't expect an 'Adam Sandler' surprise turn here...the chops simply aren't there on EITHER side :( (that sources whisper that the budget hasn't even been APPROVED yet - casting pending - therefore, this could just be a calculated leak to gauge the degree of fan shock/approval/revulsion)

  • May 21, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST

    kid from "Everyone Hates Chris"...

    by Napoleon Park kid at newsstand reading Pirate comic. *** David Caruso as Rorshach. *** Need a guy willing to do full frontal nudity for Dr. Manhatten, so obviously Harvey Kietel's your go to guy. *** Years ago someone dreamcast Dan Ackroyd as Nite Owl. Would have worked... then. *** Tom Cruise cameo as guy Rorshach shoots in the guts with a grappling hook, because we'd all pay to see that. *** Any actor under 35 being considered for a major role in this film for "get the fuck out of this movie, punk ass kid". Except for kid reading Pirate comic, of course.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    this is what the watchmen cast should be...

    by bat-kyo

    Doctor Manhattan=gerard butler the Comedian=clive owen Ozymandias=jude law Nite Owl=anthony edwards Rorschach=mark hamill Captain Metropolis=val kilmer Silk Spectre=evangeline lilly

  • May 21, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Giovanni Ribisi NEEDS To Be Rorschach.


    Come on, Zack. You know that he'd be awesome.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST

    dog doo doo

    by reckni

    This can't really be serious. Whoa?

  • May 21, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    3 Bullet Points

    by HugePrawn

    BULLET POINT 1: The time is finally right for The Watchmen to hit the big screen. It's been 20 years since Alan Moores landmark comic changed the way the "every man" viewed comics and the impact they could have on mainstream media, as well as being fantastically written as anything on the shelves of your local bookstore.<BR><BR> The comic took all the iconic superheroes and dropped them into the real world, into our world. Moore showed aging superheroes grasping for the good old times of yesteryear only to be faced with horrors that haunt the news daily, war, racism, gangs, murder - the same horrors that we still face today in 2007.<BR><BR> Over the last several years comicbook heroes have burst out on the silver screen and have done extremely well: Spider man battling The Green Goblin, The X-men battle Magneto, Superman battling Lex Luther, Batman battling Ras a Ghoul, so on and so. And now, The Watchmen will come to a theater near you in 2008 to deconstruct everything that has come before it.<BR><BR> BULLET POINT 2: Zach Snyder has shown he knows comics. He knows action. He knows style. To me this is half the battle. Sure he is young, but so are the kids that will be going to see this film thinking it to be the next X-men. Much like I did back in 1987 when I picked up issue 1 of the comic thinking it was the next Outsiders or Justice League.<BR><BR> BULLET POINT 3: I'm not concerned with who plays who in the film. They are all actors and get paid good money to act. If the director does his job well ANYONE can pull off the role of Dr. Manhattan, or Night Owl. Don't forget, the story of The Watchmen has already been told by Alan Moore. His story will always be THE story regardless if Keanu takes the role or not.<BR><BR> I for one can't wait to sit back in a nice cool theater some summer day in 2008 with a huge smile on my face and watch a story I love come to life.<BR><BR> cheers

  • May 21, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Great Point wackedfuck!

    by FilmZ0mbie

    If Macy is holding the billboard then that'll totally ruin in. I hope nyder is reading this.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Has there ever been a more unnecessary film?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Does Hollywood have to ruin EVERY Alan Moore series? Although I'm looking forward to them getting around to "Lost Girls".

  • May 21, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    remember...there will be flashbacks

    by jrbarker

    So it is easier to age a young actor than make an older actor look young.

  • May 21, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Jebus, people...

    by omarthesnake

    has No One suggested Steve Buscemi for Rorschach yet? And Give the guy who suggested Stacy Keach as the Comedian a goddamn prize! woooo!

  • May 21, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Tim Robbins

    by The_Comedian

    Would be the perfect Nite Owl IMO

  • May 21, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Simon Pegg is Rorschach!

    by madmunky

    Totally agree with MrSpeed. Simon Pegg would be a perfect Rorschach!

  • May 21, 2007, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    nuff said

  • May 21, 2007, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    nuff said

  • May 21, 2007, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Jack Black as Rorschach!!!!

    by DOGSOUP

    Hehehe just kidding...

  • May 21, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST

    How in the hell is Jude Law perfect?

    by TELF

    Balding, sexually sinister man-waif plays all conquering Randian gymnast Ubermensch? Really?

  • May 21, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Edward Norton or Guy Pearce as most anyone

    by Rupee88

    They both have a lot of range.

  • May 21, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I don't like this

    by Gwai Lo

    Jude Law should not be getting work. I hate that guy, he stinks in pretty much everything. The one thing I remember liking him in was the Talented Mr Ripley, but that was before I knew who he was, and before I knew he was just playing himself. He's a bad choice for Ozymandias, who needs to convey INTELLIGENCE and BRAWN. Jude Law is not exactly muscular or smart, and I can't recall a role where he convinced me he was either. Keanu Reeves is possibly the most obvious choice for Manhattan that anyone could come up with. It reminds me of the casting for Beast (Kelsey Grammar has played smart guys before! Let's cast him!) or of fanboys suggesting Crispin Glover for Joker. It's too damn obvious to put up with while you're watching the movie. If you ask me they can cast pretty much anyone for the flashbacks when he's Jon Osterman (it would help if they looked like Manhattan is drawn, acting isn't even really important they have about two scenes that they need to be in.) and then you just need a voice for what is inevitable going to be a motion capture performance. Howbout Peter Weller's voice over a Doug Jones (obvious, I know, but I can only think of two of these guys) performance? I haven't seen Little Children and don't know Patrick Wilson from anything. But it seems like he's probably too young and good looking for Nite Owl. They need someone like Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Michael Douglas, etc. Someone that maybe looks like they used to be a superhero but now they're kind of a schlub. As for Rorschach, I say go with an unknown or a character actor. No one more famous that Gary Sinise. Dylan Baker would be a good bet, so would Brad Dourif. The Comedian can be played by any badass around, you can literally name 200 actors that would be great in that role. I'm stuck on Ozymandias and Laurie, can't think of anyone. But I'd love to see Adam West as Nite Owl I, playing it serious of course.

  • May 21, 2007, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Still doubtfull...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Fake alien invasion??<p>Tough to pull off.

  • May 21, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Hey thanks everyone...

    by jimmy_009

    ...for repeating what I posted about a young actor playing an old person and vice versa. Way to regurgitate.

  • May 21, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    keanu and jude needs to take steroids

    by pipergates

    too bad you dont like jude, alot of of people do.i dont care much for keanu but i guess he could be alright here.with some extra muscle.GEORGE BUSH FOR RORSCACH!

  • May 21, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    yes keanu is a clone.yes perleman is the comedian.

    by pipergates

    just cover keanu in a lot of blue paint so you cant see his lack of changing expression.hope we dont get to see his blue balls though.

  • May 21, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST



    Hot Fuzz proved that to me.

  • May 21, 2007, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Will Manhattan be CG?

    by Rindain

    ...or Keanu painted in blue or with a glowy aura?

  • May 21, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by Mockingbuddha

    Hate.Keanu.Reeves.So.Much. He's the thinking man's Ben Affleck. I think Hugo Weaving would be a good Doc. Manhattan. Simon Pegg as Rorschach is genius.

  • May 21, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Dr. Manhattan should be.....

    by VicSage

    Vincent D'Onofrio. Smart and detached.

  • May 21, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Ian McShane for The Comedian!!!

    by Bad_Lieutenant121

    He'll act that role better than any other cocksucker around!!!! And how about Guy Pierce for Ozymandias.. dye the hair and bulk him up a bit and you have Mr Veidt. Granted, I would have loved to see Cruise in the role but Pierce would be inspired...

  • May 21, 2007, 8:21 p.m. CST

    A HUGE Watchman weighs in (to other fans only).....

    by brassai2003

    Rorschach: Charles Fleischer Night Owl: Randy Quaid Comedian: Stacy Keech Dr. Manhattan: Ozi: John Tesh (just kidding-but think about it)

  • May 21, 2007, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Fred Ward as the Comedian

    by ballyhoo

    He's freaking perfect.

  • May 21, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Jude Law is Box Office Poison

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Was, is, and will continue to be his entire career.

  • May 21, 2007, 9:08 p.m. CST

    This movie shouldn't be made.

    by Mr Soze

    You can't capture this in film, I love movies but I think this is a bad move, it's too big. This material is untouchable. All us geeks would bitch and cry anyway if it was made.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST

    BGDAWES has good taste!!

    by Redbox

    John Cusack should be Nightowl!!!! This I thought was a no brainer!!! AHHHHH!!! Please!!!!! Oh, I guess not.. zzzzzzzzz

  • May 21, 2007, 10:04 p.m. CST

    pretty amazing times for comic&movie fans

    by pipergates

    nolan on Bats,300,Watchmen,Wanted,30 days off night,Tintin,Wolvie?,Magneto?,and the quality is improving too. Plus the pirated copies are soo cheap.

  • May 21, 2007, 10:08 p.m. CST

    NO! I am PERFECT casting for the Comedian AND Dr M!

    by Laserbrain

    I can grow a moustache or shave my head and I am tall. I'm wating by the phone. No reasonable offer refused.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST


    by Bob Cryptonight

    Whoa! He looks just like a guy from an asylum!!!

  • May 21, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Ron Perlman is The Comedian!

    by BatPsycho

    come on people have some sense about this casting! He already wants to do it. he said so in an interview awhile back. Make it so!

  • May 21, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Ian Mcshane and Dexter Fletcher.

    by Redfive!

    Those 2 should play The Comedian and Rorschach hands down,both looks exactly like those characters and I really hope Manhattans face is CGI'D becuase Keanu Reeves in blue paint doesnt seem right.

  • May 21, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Rodriguez to direct "Barbarella" !!!!!!!

    by pipergates

    Rodriguez is working with writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who are developing an original adventure for Barbarella. Purvis and Wade co-wrote "Casino Royale" and recently finished work on the next installment in the James Bond franchise, which has a working title of "Bond 22." "Dino De Laurentiis came to me and said, 'Barbarella' is a world where you are completely free to unleash all your fantasies, creativity and imagination -- where the possibilities are limitless,"' Rodriguez said. "I love this iconic character and all that she represents, and I'm truly excited by the challenge of inviting a new audience into her universe." "Barbarella is the ultimate science-fiction adventure heroine: smart, strong and sexy," said Dino De Laurentiis. "In our vision, the future is female, and I can't wait to introduce Barbarella to a new generation of moviegoers."

  • May 21, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Better Casting than I thought

    by #1 Zero

    The guy from Little Children is a good actor, he was in Angels in America as well I believe. But the owl was pretty fat and nerdy. This guy is pretty ripped and studly. But I think he can play it. I always thought Tom Selleck would be a good Comedian just on looks alone but that's not enough and wouldn't give the film credibility. Viggo Mortensen for Rorschach and why not Hugh Jackman for Dr. Manhattan. He was bald in the Fountain and has the physique.

  • May 21, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    In Snyder we trust -- my two cents:

    by _Lizarkeo

    The (Jude) Law is mandatory. A bald Keanu? Well, ok, "black hair and black coat" Constantine kind of worked. But the watchmaker (Sylar? cough cough), Jon Osterman, looks more like the other guy (which guy? ANY other guy! Hehehe). Gerard Butler as the Comedian? This is "comedian gold", man. Eddie Blake to Silkspectre2: "I AAAAAM YOUR FAAAAAAAATHEEER!!!!!". Ahem, actually, I dig the choice, the Comedian´s black eyemask will look just great on his MAD-AND-VERY-INTENSE eyes. About this Patrick fella, well, the sad fact is, all the other good choices are too old now. And THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FUCK A PROJECT SO MUCH TIME IN THE ASS, DUDE... Now, gotta update that old manip from five years ago, damn...

  • May 21, 2007, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Why not do a ...

    by Antz

    ... Hellbazer adaptation and have Keanau play a blonde bastard ex-punk rocker British guy with a wicked sense of humor, it could be... oh... never mind.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Alfred Molina as Night Owl

    by acebandg

    Patrick Wilson is in his 30's, bad choice for someone whose going through a middle age crisis. In fact, most (if not all) the heroes are in their are between their mid 40's and 50's (with exception for Laurie, who is likely to be in her 30's). To have young guns playing these beloved characters wouldn't be right in my opinion. anyways, Alfred Molina looks more like Night Owl and he would be a better actor for the part ta boot

  • May 21, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Because I just finished reading Watchmen last night

    by Bronx Cheer

    for the first time, it's very fresh. Wow, what a great work, by the way.</p> <p>Jude Law might work well, but he better get buff and they need to get his hair right.</p> <p>I don't know Patrick Wilson from Adam...checking IMDB...oh, yeah, he's perfect. Great choice.</p> <p>As for Keanu, it's funny, while I was reading the book, I had sort of cast each part, but I continual got stuck on Dr. Manhattan. I never once considered Reeves, but I think he's a very good choice. As Mori pointed out, he does have that "oddness" about him, and based on some key performances of his, especially as Siddhartha in "Little Buddha," I think he'll surprise a lot of the doubters. Good choice.</p> <p>I was thinking maybe Aaron Eckhart for Veidt. Rorschach--funny someone else said John C. McGinley, I thought either him or Woody Harrelson. Comedian is Bruce Willis or Kurt Russell. I don't know about the women. I think you can go any way with them, because they all seemed cut from the same cloth. Capt. Metropolis could be George Clooney or Eckhart or Hugh Jackman (because there is a law, just passed in the USA, that states that Hugh Jackman must be in every comic book film, or at least discussed for each one in development).</p> <p>Shirpa LeBoueffe can be Hollis at age 12, and I want Will Smith's kid as Bernard reading Tales of the Black Freighter.</p>

  • May 21, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Two outta three ain't bad!

    by rickets419

    Patrick Wilson is an incredible actor, even though I think he's too young looking for Nite Owl, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. Jude Law is also too you, but does fit well, so I'll go for that. Even though Tom Cruise (who sucks) really would have been a great social commentary casting. But Keanu?!?!?! Ominous?!?!?! All knowing?!?!? Not a chance!!! Billy Zane would have been creepier and cooler. These characters should be in their late forties- early fifties, with mel gibson as the comedian, (does anyone else see this???), ian holmes as moloch, Catherine Zeta-Jones or Jennifer Connelly as the Silk Spectre. Hope they cast an awesome unknown as Rorschach. This movie has to be incredible.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST

    The Comedian

    by Patrick to the max

    should be none other than Ron Perlman. He'd be an awesome Comedian. Nuff said,

  • May 21, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Keanu's Alien Otherworldliness...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Is called marijuana, 'round these parts. See also: Mary-Jane, pot, weed, ganja and Gramma Betty's secret ingredient.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Heroes vs. Watchmen

    by Gislef_crow

    Keep in mind that Watchmen's ending was basically taken from an old Outer Limits episode. Which they at least acknowledged in Issue #12, but it's not like they invented it... For Rorschach, Debra Winger. Check her out in "Made in Heaven" (1987).

  • May 22, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Doug Hutchison MUST be Walter Kovacs

    by ZeroCorpse

    Rorshach will only be done justice by Doug Hutchison. I led the charge years ago, and others have picked up the ball and run with it, and Doug was brought into this and is actively pursuing the role, last I heard. He's perfect. This is his role. I want to see this happen.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Thank God 300 broke the proverbial bank

    by IndustryKiller!

    Because now this film just might get the budget it needs. Even know I certainly didn't think 300 was anywhere near where the hype placed it, it's for the greater good.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:34 a.m. CST

    rorschach MUST be an unknown actor

    by darwinmayflower

    end of story.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Gotta say, Law is kind of boring.

    by superninja

    Keanu is not mature enough as an actor to play Manhattan - he always comes across as a near void. Get someone with gravitas who seems intelligent. Kilmer would actually probably be extremely interesting although I prefer Kilmer for Ozy. They don't all have to come across as a bunch of pretty boys, either. Cast some men, now.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I like Cruise as Ozy. spoiler alert!

    by quentintarantado

    I thought Tom Cruise as Ozymandias, though unlikely, would be interesting. He certainly has the ego. To WIN in the end would be doubly, satisfyingly frustrating to the viewer.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Zack Snyder

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    and told him that he is a movie god.

  • May 22, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Wait, does this mean Keanu's penis just got cast?

    by Alonzo Mosely

    Painted blue and waved around for 100 minutes...

  • May 22, 2007, 2:27 a.m. CST

    David Morse for Rorschach...

    by Sledge Hammer

    The guy has sheer presence when he needs it, and can also be believable as a scary dude who could fuck you up when he plays it up. But at the same time he can easily pull off the near-anonymous "everyman" and blend into the crowd, and while relatively well known he's not famous enough so as to be completely obvious to first timers if he's just kind of there milling in the background. <p>If you want to go with a smaller guy, then how about John Glover? Though he might be just a touch old. Mind you Mark Hamill and the oft mentioned David Caruso would be solid choices too, and I quite like the idea of John C McGinley (playaing against type somewhat) in the role, which could work quite well. Fact is, there's quite a few actors out there that could make interesting Rorschachs, some of the other roles, not so much.<p>As for the above casting, frankly Law worries me far more than Reeves, because I know that Reeves will a) put the effort in, b) take it seriously, and c) be open to being guided by the director, whereas Law has always seemed more manipulative and less dedicated in his choices to me. Plus he just doesn't sell threatening or the weight of power in my mind very convincingly. Maybe Law could pull the role off, but it's hard to be convinced by the fact at this stage. As for NightOwl, I still think Cusack would have been perfect. Oh, and Kurt Russell should be The Comedian.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Keanu as Dr Manhattan=Flames on Optimus

    by stones_throw

    Dream Casting - Alec Baldwin-Nite Owl II, Paddy Considine-Rorschach, Julianne Moore-Silk Spectre, Bruce Willis-Comedian, Paul Newman-Nite Owl I, Ozymandias-Val Kilmer, Dr Manhattan-Guy Pearce

  • May 22, 2007, 4:58 a.m. CST

    harvey Dent as Ozymandias

    by pipergates

    much as i like Jude he is a bit young, soft, skinny and jaw-lacking for this role. i like Pegg for Rorschach too, since George Bush probably wont do it.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Powers Booth as The Comedian!

    by Datascream

    I can kinda see I alone on this? hello?

  • May 22, 2007, 5:12 a.m. CST

    i hate jude law


    he sucks in everything

  • May 22, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Keanu is going to rock as Dr Manhattan!

    by Jon E Cin

    People shouldnt hate on Keanu. He's a solid actor and gives his all in every role. I have full confidence he'll do his best in this role. I like that Jude Law is cast as well. Very cool news.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST

    oh yeah mori..

    by Jon E Cin

    didnt I email you this info about 3 weeks ago?????????

  • May 22, 2007, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Keanu rocks!

    by kiddae

    That's awesome. Jude Law works, but Neo Manhattan is really cool. Nite Owl needs to be older and fatter. Alec Baldwin or Jeff Bridges. And I cannot fathom anyone wanting a name for Rorschach, he absolutely MUST be an unknown, with no picture of him unmasked released before the movie opens. Fans of the comic will be able to spot him straight away, but it'd still be awesome to just have him as the anonymous bum/doomsayer.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Andy Serkis for Rorschach

    by 11dayempire

    You know it makes sense. He does bug-eyed creepiness well, his face isn't *that* familiar to casual moviegoers (so it wouldn't spoil the surprise of his secret identity), and he's used to working under a spandex mask. What's not to like?

  • May 22, 2007, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell should play Dr Manhattan...

    by Edward_nygma

    ...he can so do this part.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST

    keanu's blue scrotum

    by pipergates

    that would be a neat subtitle for the film.

  • May 22, 2007, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Mr Monkey i am in agreement

    by PotSmokinAlien

    seriously, keanu makes me suspicious but that's something that *might* work. jude law as ozi is wroooooong wrong wrong. i think snyder is gonna fuck this thing up huge like.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    keanu reeves as an infinately smart superbeing? why

    by lilgorgor

    why why why

  • May 22, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST


    by WillPfilm

    Paddy Considine as Rorschnach.. No-one else comes close

  • May 22, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Cast Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers in all the roles.

    by Mosquito March

    That would make a shitload of dough.

  • May 22, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    A young Bruce Boxleitner might have been good as...

    by The Ape Giggins

    Ozymandias, but too late now!

  • May 22, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I never thought....

    by jpdisco

    That 2 words could completely put me off ever seeing this movie. Jude Law, you're more powerful than I thought.

  • May 22, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by Motoko Kusanagi


  • May 22, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Matthew Perry as Night Owl

    by syoreed

    Though Dan Dreiberg may exhibit a certain amount of "quiet sadness," I see him a bit more clumsy and, I'll say it, pudgier than Raoul. I think Perry's time on STUDIO 60 proves that he can be both sad, funny and clumsy, especially around the women folk. Plus, Perry looks older than Wilson (who looks far too young to be a middle-aged "adventurer"). And I thought that Snyder said Gerard Butler was going to be in this one? Is that still happening?

  • May 22, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Adam West as Hollis Mason

    by Fuck The Napkin

    The best casting suggestion I've ever read on here. It would be PERFECT!

  • May 22, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Gary Stretch-Comedian

    by Spartacus Hughs


  • May 22, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Paddy Considine-Rorschach

    by Spartacus Hughs


  • May 22, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Viggo Mortenson-Dr Manhattan

    by Spartacus Hughs


  • May 22, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Jake Webber-Nite Owl

    by Spartacus Hughs


  • May 22, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Eric Bana-Ozymandias

    by Spartacus Hughs


  • May 22, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Just as long as it's

    by Blood T Cat

    chock full of shots of people stepping in puddles and match cuts. Lots of match cuts. More puddles! Buckets of thinly veiled Iraq War metaphors! And Hugh Laurie! And somebody drip some Clooney in there somewhere. And don't forget that story within a story that was so captivating!

  • May 22, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Parker Posey for SS.

    by jalfredprufrock

    You know it would be 8 kinds of great. Rorschach has to be an unknown. It needs to be at least a bit of a shock when they rip his mask off mid beat-down. This Keanu thing has me a bit down, but hopefully Snyder can pull something good out of it.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Oh -and whoever said Adam West for Hollis

    by jalfredprufrock

    is a fucking casting genius.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    The most important bit of casting is...

    by adrock303

    ...Rorschach, and we don't even know who it's gonna be yet. The good news is it's obviously gonna be someone good. The casting is great so far, and that includes Gerard Butler who I think we can pencil in as the Comedian. I have it on good authority that Rorschach carries this movie. Maybe Brad Pitt will join the cast after all?

  • May 22, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    what about Brad Dourif as Rorschach?

    by dirkadirkadirka

    Wormtongue, Doc Cochrane, Chucky...he could pull it off.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Bruce Campbell for the Comedian.

    by Darksider

    I'm not even fucking joking. He's even got his own robe. Gerard Butler for Rorschach. Don't like Keanu for Dr. Manhattan. Jude Law seems like a good choice. You need someone who in real life would be likeable and good looking. The last person you would suspect. Not too familiar with Patrick Wilson, so I don't know.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by zombiezeus

    Night Owl (Dan)= John Cusack (PERFECT--he can be physically imposing, but NAILS that unsure-of-himself-but-ultimately-capable characteristic that defines Night Owl. Also we can believe he's smart enough to make all those gadgets, down-to-earth enough to be appealing, AND he looks like him!) The Comedian= Mel Gibson (Tough as nails? Crass? Unpopular political views and not afraid to share his opinion no matter what? Dark, haunted past? BINGO.) Ozymandias= Jude Law (I'm sorry, he's just perfect in every way for this role.) Doctor Manhattan= Russell Crowe (originally I considered him for The Comedian, but picture him as Doc Manhattan--ok so the face is not close at all, but cold? Detached? Obsessed? Supersmart? It also gives him a chance to play against type for once) Rorschach= Simon Pegg (looks the part, a really good actor, and you will find NO ONE more committed to the role) Silk Specter (Sally)= Ashley Judd (beautiful, complicated, and able to be a super hero. Absolutely.) Silk Specter (Laurie)= Diane Lane (could be Ashley's mom, sexy older woman, and she'd probably love to stretch as a frumpy used-to-be sexpot) Night Owl (Hollis)= Rutger Hauer (he was a scrapper back in the day--but they'd have to 'young him up' a little for the flashbacks) At LEAST John Cusack as Night Owl, though. He is PERFECT.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    So, how pissed off are you going to be when.......

    by lost.rules

    this movie sucks. Just reading who there offering parts to is frightening.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Who's gonna watch the Watchmen?

    by Blood T Cat

    Seriously. Your average moviegoer has no idea what the hell the Watchmen is. The story is talky and slow and not fun at all. Sure it was fresh twenty years ago but now the book seems pretentious and obvious.

  • May 22, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Simon Pegg as Rorshach

    by Shigeru

    that's all

  • May 22, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Jackie Earl Haley = Rorschach


    Aaron Eckhart= Ozymandias,& again,STACY KEACH= THE COMEDIAN.

  • May 22, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    I'm not buying Keanu as a genius.

    by ZeroCorpse

    I'm sorry, but Dr. Manhattan was a genius BEFORE his accident. I simply can't buy Keanu Reeves as a genius scientist. No way. No how. <p> Doc Manhattan needs to be a lot more brainy and plain. Keanu is always Keanu, no matter who he's playing, it's always shades of Ted "Theodore" Logan.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ...=Steve Buscemi! The Comedian... Christopher Walken, bulk him up a little and have him grow a sleazy 70's porn star 'stache.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I feel...

    by CutAndPaste

    ...Bruce Campbell should play every role. Even the women. I've never even read Watchmen, but I don't see how this could possibly fail.

  • May 22, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by BGDAWES

    Holy shit, I think you're right! Bruce would be great as the comedian. For some reason I also think DeNiro, Keitel, or maybe even Michael Madsen might do well too.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Rorshach looks like a kid when they take

    by superninja

    his mask off. Why is everyone trying to cast someone older unless they don't want the voice to match the actor? Personally, it would work best if it was a somewhat famous actor who could change their voice to sound older. That would throw people off - casting an unknown will not shock anyone.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Jude Law is short and noteable for playing gigolos

    by superninja

    not the kind of person who would inspire the confidence of the entire world. It needs someone else, it just makes me think they don't get the character except for superficially. Same with the Keanu casting. Looks over ability to channel the character's main traits.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    M.C. Gainey from LOST would be good as The Comedian too


    But come the fuck on...Stacy Keach IS The mother fucking Comedian.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    casting dumb

    by kylerayner

    Jude Law? WTF? Ozymandias is BIG, buff, and all-American looking. BLOND. Hello, casting clue phone... And Keanu? WHAT? And as some have said. Middle-aged is the very point. These are supposed to be heroes in decline. William Macy would be good as Rorschach or Dan. Stacy Keach as the Comedian is awesome. There should be NO pretty boys in this movie. Ozym. could be handsome, but not pretty. And every actor should be at least 40. I've no idea what these people are thinking. Another great property ruined. Does Moore have any control on this one? Probably not.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Pitt is a better choice for Ozy. Life imitating art.

    by superninja

    Maybe Eric Bana would be good for Manhattan? He has very soulful eyes and as we saw in Hulk can play a cold fish. <p>What about Saffron Burrows for Silk Spectre? She is a great actress and very sexy. Her daughter can be played by Romola Garai who is an excellent actress as well.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Saffron Burrows and Romola Garai for the Silk

    by superninja

    Spectres. Just seconding my previous nom. I am a genuis!

  • May 22, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Okay, maybe I'm not a genuis.

    by superninja

    But I am a genius! I don't have a problem with the guy they have playing Nite Owl. He is the one character who is better off being an unknown since he is the reluctant hero of the story.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane would be a better Veidt than Law


    and again Jackie Earl Haley = RORSCHACH

  • May 22, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The Comedian is someone you kind of like

    by superninja

    in spite of himself. They need to cast a well-liked actor and have him play a real @$$hole. Campbell is too old, but I don't think other than his looks he's strong enough to play the character. Could actually be a really good turn for Jackman to play against type.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Romola Garai would also make a great Black

    by superninja

    Canary for a Green Arrow film.

  • May 22, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Wow...I'm surprised no one said this.

    by 7pointedstar

    I'd like to see Tim Roth play Rorschach. That would just be sweet. And, to me, Jude Law is a good pick for Ozymandias. He can certainly project an "I'm better than you...and the rest of the world" attitude.

  • May 22, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Ozymandias has to inspire the entire world to

    by superninja

    follow him, not just have an air of superiority or elitism. He has to convey trust and authority generally and then turn suspicious and elitist when confronted. That Jude Law could do the first part which is the MAIN FUNCTION of the character is somewhat less believeable in my opinion - he comes across as a giggolo. Personally, I think Val Kilmer is ideal for this part as he can play both likeable/charming and psycho.

  • May 22, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Werner Herzog as Rorshach!

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    Think about know it could work...inspired casting. It will never happen of course, but he'd be brilliant.

  • May 22, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Jude Law= Box Office Poison


    You know it's true!

  • May 22, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Ben from Lost ==> Rorshach

    by Calico Pete

    Eddie Izzard ==> Nite Owl<br><br>Anyone remember the super old rumor (maybe from back in the "Terry Gilliam directing Watchmen" day) that Schwarzeneggar was gonna be Dr. Manhatten?<br><br>And speaking of Arnold, how about Arnold Vosloo (from the Mummy) as Dr. Manhatten? Yeah yeah, the roles've been cast. Still...

  • May 22, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    no, I got it...

    by Calico Pete

    Sam Jackson himself ==> Dr. Manhattan; or Shaq. Wait... what's that? They cast him already? As Rorshach you say? Oh, you mean they cast Dr Manhattan. Oh ok. Got it. I'll shut up now.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Jude Law: Leader of the Free World.

    by superninja

    Sounds a bit ridiculous, kind of like Keanu Reeves: Physicist and Super Genius.

  • May 22, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Lindsay Lohan: "I'm gonna do some coke..."

    by Vitiumconatusimbibespermaequinus

    And fly to New York to fuck Ozymandias!"<br><br>Now, if he'll just leave her to freeze to death in Antarctica...

  • May 22, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST


    by noctos

    I applaud Zack Snyder for choosing Jude Law. Patrick Wilson is a great actor as well. But I just don't understand how Keanu Reeves could do a convincing Dr. Manhattan. This is not the Matrix but a humanised version of Superheores, for which one would need good actors. I would propose Eric Bana as Dr. Manhattan (remember Chopper? Bana could puff such a transformation off). And Barry Pepper is obviously the best suited actor to play Rorschach. Furthermore: Michelle Monaghan as Silk Spectre, Ian Mcshane as the Comedian and Mark Ruffalo as Nite Owl. Anyway, more about my Watchmen dreamcast here:

  • May 22, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Worst. Talkbacker. Name. Ever.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    In fact, Eric Bana would be a great Nite Owl...

    by Wonderboys


  • May 22, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Michael Madsen as the Comedian!!!

    by Chriscarlisle

    C'mon, no one does crazy psycho better than Michael Madsen! This is a no brainer casting choice.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    And I hope for you Watchmen fans...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...that Snyder does this justice. Comparing what everyone expects from "Watchmen" against what he did with "300"...I'm just not feeling it. Of course, casting is always key and some of these names have promise. But I remain skeptical for the timebeing.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    OH FUCK YES!!!!!!!

    by ImJustSaying

    Ok, fuck all ya'll Keanu is going to be the shit in this role. If you don't believe me go watch A Scanner Darkly again (his best acting to date). Perfect part for him, and I wouldn't have thought of it in a million years, so hats off to that outside the box creative casting. Jude's a slam dunk, and I'm so excited to see what Patrick does with this role (and I really do hope he puts on the pounds). With this calibre of actors almost on board, I really hope this film isn't trashy like Snyder's previous work (if you didn't think 300 was kinda trashy, you're frankly rather dense). This is supposed to be an emotional story, and these look like the actors to pull that off. Oh, and someone mentioned Damion Lewis for Rorshach, and I have never agreed with anything in a talkback more!! I'm still kinda nervous about this one, but I hope it KICKS THE SHIT OUT OF HEROES.

  • May 22, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Barry Pepper???? Rorschach??????

    by dirkadirkadirka

    He's a terrible choice. Gos, what a terrible actor. How about Vin Deisel as the comedian. Give me a freakin break. Madsens a good call though. He plays a quality bad ass.

  • May 22, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Yay, it's the clown from Spawn's cousin.

    by superninja

    A scary horror clown: it's soooo original!

  • May 22, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST

    It needs a giant robot of Dr. Manhattan.

    by superninja

    That would be more realistic.

  • May 22, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST



    anybody? anybody? Btw Reeves looks really freaky bald...

  • May 22, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Warwick Davis for RORSCHACH! It's the only way!!!

    by Err

    It's the only way this movie'll get made.

  • May 22, 2007, 7:07 p.m. CST



    You know it to be true

  • May 22, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST

    The novel does have pirates

    by krushjudgement

    Reading is good.

  • May 22, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by AICN Nazi

    Watchmen In Name Only!

  • May 23, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Actually, Mark Hamill as Rorschach....


    is a really great fucking idea...good call CarbonGhost! Seriously, that would be the most epic geek-casting ever...and Hamill would do a great job to boot. I'm sure he's a fan of the material as well. I hope someone somehow gets this idea to Snyder cuz that would be the shit right there.

  • May 23, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    Peter MacNicol

    by GrandpaUlrira

    As Rorschach. Or in fact, anyone who can seem really benign and harmless until he gets going with the beating.

  • May 23, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST


    by hippy32

    Why should Rorscach be an unknown actor? never announce the casting of Rorscach. announce the casting of walter kovacs. the geek community will know who kovacs is, the non geek community wont. hell, i figure a lot of them will take (for arguments sake) David Caruso, the guy holding the sign and being near all the crime scenes as the murderer that Rorscach is hunting.

  • May 23, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    KEANU = Perfect casting

    by Nachokoolaid

    Back when I first read Watchmen a couple of years ago, I remember wishing that Keanu would be Dr. Manhattan if they ever made a film. He does "detached" very well.

  • May 23, 2007, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Josh Hartnett

    by Blueberry

    He could be a better Doc Manhattan than Keanu. And he has a far better body too.

  • May 23, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Michael Biehn = Comedian

    by Calico Pete

    you know i'm right.

  • May 24, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Rorschach Victim: Dustin Diamond

    by Marvel1967

    I hope the guy in the bar who gets his fingers broken by Rorschach is played by Dustin Diamond, his fingers actually are broken, and he is uncredited in the film. And kicked in the balls. For real.

  • May 29, 2007, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Night Watchman Name Blunders

    by Unruly

    Are we all just confused, here? Keanu Reeves is set to start filming in the "Night Watch" formerly named "The Night Watchman" which is based on novel by James Ellroy. The movie's name was changed "to probably to avoid confusion with Warner Brothers upcoming adaptation of the Alan Moore graphic novel," according to Richard in Movies at The Movie Biz. However, "Night Watch" is also the first title in the series of Russian novels-turned-films rumored to be slated for an American remake - it’s also the title of at least one novel by Terry Pratchett novel as well as an Ewan McGregor horror-thriller, which was itself a remake of a Danish film also known by the same name. Thoroughly confused yet?

  • May 31, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by Ned Pepper

    Keanu Reeks? A one-note actor playing the most complex being on the planet? I'm ready to go Rorschach on the casting director.