Friday’s edition of the New York Times talked to Zac Snyder about (what else?) the highly anticipated and sure to be heavily scrutinized big screen adaptation of Watchmen. not much in the way of revelatory information in the article, but it does provide a fairly comprehensive overview of the book’s 20+ year journey to the big screen.
One frightening little tidbit from the article: After purchasing the rights to make the movie way back in 1986, producer Joel Silver wanted Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role of the contemplative Dr. Manhattan. After seeing his Razzie Award-caliber performance as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin, the mind boggles at the thought of Ahnuld as Dr. Manhattan. You think Alan Moore can be a cranky hermit now? Hoo-boy.
I do want to take issue with one of Snyder’s quotes from the atricle, in regards to talking about the movie’s running time:
“I wouldn’t say it’s a short movie by any stretch,” Mr. Snyder said. “But it’s the tightest version that I could give them and not feel like I raped it a little bit.”
Thank God. I don’t think the message board trolls need any encouragement to post their “Zac Snyder raped my childhood” cracks.