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Watchmen’s Rape Scene

In Watchmen, one of the most chilling moments comes from a flashback scene depicting the attempted rape of Minutemen member Silk Spectre by her teammate, The Comedian.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays The Comedian, confirmed in a recent interview that director Zack Snyder went to great trouble to ensure the scene in the film was true to its comic counterpart.

It was a three-day process shooting that particular scene, and it was hard. It was three of the hardest days of filming I have ever had to do. It was really very violent.

The rape scene is one of those moments in the comic series that really sets it apart from standard comic fare, and, according to Morgan, the cringe-worthyness it leaves you with in the comic makes its way into the scene in the film as well.

When you’re looking at the comic book you only get a couple panels so there is a lot of stuff there that needs to be filled in, so we fill in the blanks there between three and four panels, and it turns out to be one hell of a violent scene.

Hooded Justice stops the rape of Sally Jupiter

But the one thing that has many fans jacked up is that Snyder decided to have Hooded Justice be the one to break up the act instead of Nite Owl I — which is how it was altered in previous Watchmen screenplays.

And it’s all intact, [Hooded Justice] comes in and interrupts the attempted rape — it’s all there. We stayed very loyal to it, and I haven’t actually seen the scene yet, but I did see a piece of playback when we were filming it and it’s a lot.

So does Morgan think that general audiences are ready to see one super hero try to rape another super hero on the big screen?

I know certainly the fans of the novel are [ready] and now it’s a matter of reaching an audience that isn’t familiar with the novel. I think Zack is the guy who is going to stay true to the novel and be able to reach a main stream audience as well. If they are ready for it? I don’t know, we will see. It’s rated ‘R’ for a reason.

Back in July during, San Diego's Comic-Con, I had a chance to interview Carla Gugino, who plays Silk Spectre I in the film. She also discussed how disturbing and violent the rape scene ended up being.

…the rape was so brutal, and Zack said, “Are you gonna be okay with the fact that I want this to be really brutal? It's not sexy, it's awful.” And I said yes, because it has to be that, that's intrinsic to the nature [of it].

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