Over the past few months there have been a few unconfirmed Watchmen cast postings over on IMDB. Most recently, freshman actor Niall Matter has been added to IMDB’s cast list as playing the role of unstable masked hero Mothman.
Our staff reached out to Niall to find out if IMDB got it right. He told us…
Yes that's correct… I play the role of Mothman in the upcoming Watchmen film.
Matter’s acting credits include a series lead on the TV show The Best Years, a recurring character on the NBC owned series Eureka as well as roles on Stargate Atlantis and Heaven or Something Like It. His feature film credits include Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief and Summer House.
For those of you not familiar with the Mothman character, he is one of the original “Minutemen,” a group of masked heroes that worked together to fight crime in the late 1930’s and 40’s.
Mothman, whose “civilian” name was Byron Lewis, was not seen much within the pages of the graphic novel and is best known for being the crime fighter whose career took a toll on his mental health, drove him to a drinking problem, and later caused him to be committed to a sanitarium in Maine.
The only scene we have confirmation on that Matter is in is one mentioned by background actor “Cassandra Faust” in one of her Watchmen set reports. She describes the scene as “Mothman being hauled away to a mental hospital,” which was alluded to but never shown in the comic series. I think it’s safe to assume that this scene will be presented in the title sequence that will depict the alternate history of the Watchmen world mentioned by Carla Gugino in a recent interview.
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