Zack Snyder Says He Made WATCHMEN To "Save It From The Terry Gilliams Of This World"

Joel Silver last week revealed that Terry Gilliam's version of Watchmen would have featured some major changes to the source material, later criticising Zack Snyder for being a "slave" to the comic book. Well, the Batman Vs. Superman director has now struck back...

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By Josh Wilding - 3/3/2014

According to Joel Silver, Terry Gilliam's Watchmen would have involved Doctor Manhattan going back in time to stop himself from ever being created and the core cast of characters all being turned into cosplayers in the middle of Times Square. Something like that anyway (it's not easy to get your head around a concept which essentially sounds like gibberish). The Huffington Post recently caught up with Zack Snyder, and he had this to say about Silver's comments that he was, "too much of a slave to the material." "It's funny, because the biggest knock against the movie is that we finally changed the ending, right? If you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane. The fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made "Watchmen" for myself. It's probably my favorite movie that I've made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world."

As for why exactly he's not a fan of such drastic changes to the classic comic book from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Snyder added: "It's just using elements that are in the comic book already, that's the only thing I did. I would not have grabbed something from out of the air and said, "Oh, here's a cool ending" just because it's cool." As it turns out, Snyder also isn't too happy with the way his version was perceived anyway, and believes that Watchmen would have found a lot more success had it been released now. "And that's the problem with genre. That's the problem with comic book movies and genre. And I believe that we've evolved -- I believe that the audiences have evolved. I feel like "Watchmen" came out at sort of the height of the snarky Internet fanboy -- like, when he had his biggest strength. And I think if that movie came out now -- and this is just my opinion -- because now that we've had "Avengers" and comic book culture is well established, I think people would realize that the movie is a satire." Meanwhile, his wife and producer Deborah summed up Gillam's take quite perfectly: "The fans would have been thinking that they were smoking crack." What do you guys think?
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DrDoom - 3/3/2014, 10:01 AM
Snyder is completely right. Gilliams' ending sounded ridiculous.

I love the Watchmen movie as it is.
DEATHbyEXILE - 3/3/2014, 10:03 AM
Starfox - 3/3/2014, 10:03 AM
I was just about to post this lol.
JoJo1982 - 3/3/2014, 10:05 AM
And Snyder did a great job making that underrated cbm

I still enjoy watching it till this day

I wouldn't mind the tone and style of watchmen movie was put into a. Justice League movie
LordMushu - 3/3/2014, 10:05 AM
Agreed doubley
Highflyer - 3/3/2014, 10:05 AM
Watchmen is one of my favorite CBMS of all time. The alternate ending sounded.... eh.
Arrowhead77 - 3/3/2014, 10:08 AM
you are damn right Mr Snyder! thank you for saving us from that crap fest
GuardianAngel - 3/3/2014, 10:10 AM
ALL HAIL SNYDER!!!!
MrCBM56 - 3/3/2014, 10:10 AM
Watchmen was great!
Happy11 - 3/3/2014, 10:11 AM
I enjoyed watchmen!
write33 - 3/3/2014, 10:12 AM
I just saw Watchmen again the other day, and I agree 100% with Synder's assessment that movie was, ironically, a bit ahead of it's time. It would have fared better today; as long as he replaced Ackerman. ugh, she's the movie's anchor.
santoanderson - 3/3/2014, 10:12 AM
I think Watchmen is a great movie, and is probably the only R-rated, cape-wearing serious superhero movie we will ever get.

It does have a few moments that could've been trimmed, but they're few and far between.
MrCBM56 - 3/3/2014, 10:12 AM
What Eartg was the comic in?
NeoBaggins - 3/3/2014, 10:14 AM
A CBM Masterpiece.
Nick56 - 3/3/2014, 10:14 AM
[frick] yeah Snyder! Take that Gilliam!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/3/2014, 10:15 AM
Great movie. Wish Man of Steel looked visually the same.
Dotanuki - 3/3/2014, 10:15 AM
Snyder sounds like someone who realized he's really a second/third rate director.

There were plenty of big-time CBMs (Spider-Man trilogy, X-men movies) before the Watchmen came out so I don't understand what he's getting at. I've never heard the Watchmen described as a "satire". That's a new one.
Dandy - 3/3/2014, 10:16 AM
Easily my favorite movie from Mr. Snyder. Hopefully Superman vs Batman is a little more Watchmen and a little less Man of Steel.
Batmaniac - 3/3/2014, 10:16 AM
" I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world."

Snyder just fired slugs back at Gilliam with not a care in the world, haha!
ClobberPot - 3/3/2014, 10:16 AM
That adaptation was awful. Ozymandias was pretty much neutered til the out-of-nowhere ending. Should have been a miniseries. Snyder's stopped being good after opening credits.
ForeverPowerful - 3/3/2014, 10:17 AM
I loved the movies ending more than the novels. It made more sense to me.
prettynucIear - 3/3/2014, 10:18 AM
liked the movie but it didn't feel authentic enough. can we get patrick wilson a razzie award?
Batmaniac - 3/3/2014, 10:18 AM
"I wouldn't mind the tone and style of watchmen movie was put into a. Justice League movie"

^ this!
Demongod20 - 3/3/2014, 10:18 AM

^ Zack Snyder
HellsHammer - 3/3/2014, 10:18 AM
Just watched it again the other day. I get chills every time I see the opening credits with Bob Dylan's 'Times They Are A Changin'
MileHighNemesis - 3/3/2014, 10:19 AM
Thank you Mr. Snyder!!! I love his work and respect his craft. In my opinion his work with Watchmen, 300 and MoS he has shown he is the right guy for comic films.
Reasonnnn - 3/3/2014, 10:20 AM
LOL at ppl calling Snyder's Watchmen a masterpiece. That word is used too much in this site. Dawn of the Dead is still Snyder's best film
Pasto - 3/3/2014, 10:20 AM
This is why I love Snyder.
CaptainObvious - 3/3/2014, 10:21 AM
Terry Gilliam's ending completely missed the point of what Watchmen was all about.
ALegendaryPanda - 3/3/2014, 10:22 AM
Watchmen was [frick]ing amazing! I need that shit on Blu Ray!
RexDartEskimoSpy - 3/3/2014, 10:22 AM
Wow. Hubris overload. Snyder suffers from a complete lack of self-awareness.

I think Gilliam's idea for an ending was brilliant, but his film would've been even worse than Snyder's.
Praetorian - 3/3/2014, 10:23 AM
Zack, you should choose your words more carefully but I understand and agree. Gilliam is still a [frick]ing awesome director.
ElBicho - 3/3/2014, 10:23 AM
Someone should've made Watchmen to protect it against the Zack Snyder's of the world.

Same can be said for 300, Dawn of the Dead, Man of Steel and Batman vs superman.
ForeverPowerful - 3/3/2014, 10:23 AM
And I think we got one of the greatest comic book performances we've ever seen.

DrunkenNukem - 3/3/2014, 10:24 AM
THANK YOU ZACK SNYDER

THANK YOU DAVID HAYTER

THANK YOU JACKIE EARL HALEY

THANK YOU JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN

THANK YOU BILLY CRUDUP

Pasto - 3/3/2014, 10:25 AM
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LMFAO! DAT GIF!
JoJo1982 - 3/3/2014, 10:25 AM
Patrick Wilson portrayal of Nite Owl is the main reason I think this guy would be a perfect Hank Pym(Antman)
Batmaniac - 3/3/2014, 10:25 AM
Watchmen was phenomenal!



Nomis1800 - 3/3/2014, 10:25 AM
Gilliams ending would've sucked hard.
KidGoku - 3/3/2014, 10:26 AM
Seriously, Snyder is 100% correct. Watchmen is in my Top 10 CBMs of all time not because of it being a complete frame for frame adaptation of the movie but because it's freaking cinematic gold. If it wasn't for Goyer really, I feel like Man of Steel could've been some of Snyder's best work although I do love the hell out of Man of Steel.
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