Joel Silver Criticizes Zack Snyder’s Watchman Ending 0

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Joel Silver has recently criticized Zack Snyder’s adaptation of the iconic graphic novel Watchmen, stating that the director was a “slave to the material.” Silver followed it up with a reveal of the ending that he planned for the project and how his version was supposed to be better. Silver was originally developing an adaptation for the Alan Moore graphic novel, with Terry Gilliam in place to direct:

“It was a much, much better movie,” says Silver of his version. “I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it back from the studio at that point.”

Silver also revealed that he would have treated the third act differently, in favor of a less “silly” ending:

“Instead of the whole notion of the intergalactic thing, which was too hard and too silly, what he did was maintain that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure.”

“He had the Ozymandias character convince Doctor Manhattan to go back and stop himself from being created, so there never would be a Doctor Manhattan character. And in the vortex that was created after that occurred, these characters from Watchmen only became characters in a comic book.”