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The Never Ending Story

The squid’s in, the squid’s out, the squid’s back in. If you’re a seasoned fan, you probably haven’t worried about a cephalopod so much since you ate the seafood stir fry at that back alley Korean restaurant.

What am I talking about? Well if you haven’t read Watchmen yet I won’t explain it to you. What I will tell you is that it deals with the controversy surrounding how faithful the ending of Zack Snyder’s film adaptation will be to the original comic series.

Well, a new piece of evidence can be added to the case file as of today — an MTV interview of Patrick Wilson, who plays Dan Dreiberg aka Nite Owl II in the upcoming film.

In the interview, MTV reporter Jennifer Vineyard explained, “they’re not changing the ending of ‘Watchmen’ so much that fans won’t recognize it, by giving it say, a happy ending where Rorschach saves the day.” The article also quotes Wilson as saying:

Ha! I have to say, if you know how much Zack believes in it, you wouldn’t believe he would go that far from the graphic novel. I don’t know how those rumors start, but that’d be a stretch!

The key words in this ambivalent quote are “that far,” which likely means a change from the graphic novel, but one that would likely not upset most fans.

Alright. Let me give all of you the Cliffs Notes version of what we know so far about how the film might end and I’ll let you decide whether or not there will be calamari on the menu this March.

Way back in early October of 2007, Matthew Goode, in a Total Film magazine interview, was quoted as saying:

I'm not sure what's happening with the end of the movie. You know there’s an audience who are going to get pissed off if you start fucking around with the story…

He then told the interviewer the part of the ending that was different from the book, but that spoiler was omitted from the printed article. Now, he may not have been talking specifically about the squid, but about whether certain characters live or die, so that evidence is circumstantial.

Then, in a November 2007 Starlog Magazine interview, Zack Snyder uttered the now infamous quote, “I’m absolutely keeping the graphic novel’s ending.” Squid’s in, right? How could Zack be any clearer? Hold on.

Just a week later, on this site’s exclusive Zack Snyder fan Q&A, Snyder mentioned in one of his answers that in the film he would show that Dr. Manhattan was working on creating “world universal energy” technology. Something that was not in the original book, but in an early script draft where the squid was taken out and replaced with a completely different ending. So, squid’s out, right?

Well, hold onto your smiley badges. We got another piece of news that seemed to confirm our tenticled friend made the cut in February of 2008 when it was reported that Neville Page, the lead creature designer for the film Cloverfield, was hired to work on the Watchmen film. That's what this guy does — design big scary monsters for movies, just like our squid pal! Why sign him up if the squid wasn’t in? I mean, it’s the only creature in Watchmen!

Cross-eyed yet? No? Well, in the spring of 2008, two individuals who worked as extras on the film shared secondhand information, from individuals they said were reliable sources, that definitively confirmed to them that, “the squid is in.”

Then, just the other day in another Matthew Goode interview, the actor stated, “fans of the story will be very pleased with this adaptation.” Whoa. A far cry from the October 2007 interview where he more or less said, as the ending stood then, fans would not be happy at all.

So, you tell me? Will we see the ink-shooting leviathan on the big screen next March, or will we just get something close — like maybe an ill-tempered octopus? Who knows, maybe the ending will consist of Dr. Manhattan shooting blue sparks out of his ass while somewhere in Northampton a gray-bearded gentleman wearing too many rings exclaims, “what the fuck!”

What do I think? Well, I think Patrick Wilson put it best when he said:

Ha! I have to say, if you know how much Zack believes in it, you wouldn’t believe he would go that far from the graphic novel. I don’t know how those rumors start, but that’d be a stretch!

Until March, then — The End?

7.16.08 Sources: MTV Movies Blog,

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