Zack Snyder Confirms Non-Squid Ending in Watchmen Movie

Zack Snyder Confirms Non-Squid Ending in Watchmen Movie

In a ballsy move, Watchmen director Zack Snyder has risked a fan lynch mob and admitted that there will be NO giant psychic squid in his Watchmen movie.

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By ComicBookMovie - 11/10/2008
In spite of Snyder's comments to reporters in August that his Watchmen movie would have very few changes from the graphic novel, reports from a test screening last month suggested that the film’s ending had a sans-seafood finish.

The altered ending replaced the giant squid alien attack with a simple nuclear holocaust. Fans have reacted with outrage, and many were skeptical the spoilers were for real. Rumors have been circulating saying that Warner Bros was testing alternate endings to test fan tolerance of an update for more "mainstream" audiences.

Finally, in an interview with Dark Horizons, Snyder confirmed that he had changed the ending of Watchmen, and shot down reports that he had filmed more than one.

“The fans, god love ‘em, they’re all up in arms about the squid,” said Snyder. “What they should be up in arms about are things like shooting the pregnant woman, ‘God is real and he’s American’, whether THAT’S in the movie. That’s my point of view, maybe I’m crazy.”

“The squid was not in the movie when I got the script, the squid was never in any draft that I saw,” continued Snyder. “My point is only that there was this elegant solution to the squid problem that I kind of embraced. I’m a fan of the thing as much as anyone, I was saying what are we going to do about this before I even read the script.”

In his defense Snyder adds, “The one thing that was cool was that anyone who had read the graphic novel who was at the screening rated the film ‘excellent’, for me I’m like ‘I’m done’.”

Still unanswered are questions that the giant squid ending aptly addressed. Fans want to know how a simple nuclear detonation, linked to the American Dr. Manhattan, would definitively end the cold war or cement a sense of world unity against a common foe--as did the faked alien attack.

Snyder confirmed that he only shot one ending to the film, ending rumors that the ending that was screening in Portland was one of a couple choices. Also, the second trailer that will be attached to Quantum of Solace features “a little bit more story” that will give you “a sense of the characters plight - ‘we were supposed to make the world a better place... what happened to the American Dream’”. He also confirmed a third trailer will be released early next year.
Source: Dark Horizons
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Weeton - 11/10/2008, 12:30 PM
I am Jack's unrelenting disappointment.
running - 11/10/2008, 1:07 PM
it's not just "the ending, you know" ... it's the WHOLE STORY, goddamn
BuckyB7588 - 11/10/2008, 1:30 PM
‘God is real and he’s American’, whether THAT’S in the movie. That’s my point of view, maybe I’m crazy.”


No, you're not crazy, your F*%&#^$ STUPID!
warpath15 - 11/10/2008, 2:19 PM
Looks like Watchmen fans have ANOTHER movie to boycott. Screw this. I won't see it. And if you see it, you don't really care about Watchmen.
jordomac - 11/10/2008, 2:34 PM
I'm going to cry. November 11th is Remembrance/Vetrans day. Nov 10th will be Watchmen Day. A day to remember the death of Watchmen.
warpath15 - 11/10/2008, 2:34 PM
Apparenty Snyder has made a deal with EA to do a video game. That bastard talks about how he's trying so hard to be "true to the graphic novel" even though he's going to have to change the whole movie around to fit his sell-out ending. Sell out! DON'T TALK ABOUT HOW CLOSELY YOU ARE STICKING TO THE COMIC AND THEN CHANGE THE ENDING YOU STUPID RETARD!

Now he's going to turn it into a video game? Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!Sell out!

F&%# the movie. Anyone who sees it is perpetuating the butchering of good comics in order to appease the kind of people who have no business seeing a movie like Watchmen to begin with.
Kovacs - 11/10/2008, 4:25 PM
This movie was so promising... now.... not so much

i hope this is some kind of publicity stunt
CrookedJaw - 11/10/2008, 4:26 PM
somethings tellin me that this is still a trick somewhat...idk...and even if the ending is changed, I'm sure the movie will stil be amazing, the graphic novel was, and it'd take a lot to ruin that story, and i think a slightly altered ending wont do that....but again, we'll just have to wait and see
CrookedJaw - 11/10/2008, 4:27 PM
publicity stunt...there ya go, that's what i'm thinkin Kovacs...somthins tellin me it still is
Kovacs - 11/10/2008, 4:36 PM
i'm definitely still seeing it i just hope the ending is not completely screwed up, after all it does look amazing
ThisFan - 11/10/2008, 4:40 PM
i hate zack snyder so much right now
i will never see him as a good director for this
doomsack - 11/10/2008, 4:45 PM
Dude!!! WTF!!! Snyder was saying how he would stay true to the source material. Now he just fell victim to the hollywood nonsense like so many others have. Shame on him if this is true.
warpath15 - 11/10/2008, 5:23 PM
"and even if the ending is changed, I'm sure the movie will stil be amazing, the graphic novel was, and it'd take a lot to ruin that story, and i think a slightly altered ending wont do that....but again, we'll just have to wait and see"

NO! It won't be amazing... cause guess what - it's NOT the graphic novel. It's something completely different now. It's a completely different story. "It would take a lot to ruin that story"... I think changing the whole ending IS A LOT! People who have not read the graphic novel don't realize how integral the ending is to the plot. EVERYTHING in the novel is a hint leading up to the ending. The references to the island start early on. What happens to that now? Now Snyder has to write in some other conspiracy and mix it up with the plot by Ozymandius to get Dr. Manhatten to leave Earth. Now Dr. Manhatten has to look like an angry emotional human rather than an apathetic GOD. All that was Watchmen goes away and ol' zach here's gonna replace it with something completely different just because it TESTED WELL with some schmucks who called themselves fans of the comic!!!!!!!!!! If the ending goes... the story goes as well. There's nothing left. He's completely throwing out the story and keeping the parts that he thinks TEST WELL.

I don't even care about this movie anymore. It's NOT Watchmen. It's just a pile of garbage. It's bad enough that Snyder's trying to make the characters look like they're all badasses with crazy superhuman agility and strength. Now he changes the WHOLE STORY just because he thinks the squid ending will confuse some morons who are only seeing the movie cause they think it's gonna be another Iron Man. Allen Moore should pull a fountainhead on Snyder's stupid ass.
blacksword7 - 11/10/2008, 5:59 PM
Most logical ending now. The nuclear explosions occur in multiple countries. specifically u.s. and russia. both countries freak out. believing that doctor Manhattan has begun to attack, they ban together fearing that they can only fight him off by making peace. instead of fearing alien attack, they fear the power of doctor manhattan. it's the same basic principal as the squid. this is also a clever way of taking manhattan out of the running as being to the advantage of any country, not just the united states. nobody can have his power now. now, some may argue that it's wrong to frame the good doctor, but let us remember that it doesnt matter much anyways because he has already been framed as a result of the cancer conspiracy. he's already hated by the public, so everybody's just gonna think they pissed him off. it also can be mentioned that manhattan doesn't stick around on earth anyways. he takes off at the end of the comic to go and "make some life" elsewhere in the universe. It is ALSO worth mentioning that the fans of the comic are an extremely small minority. let's be honest, even if fans went to the movies a thousand times over and over the studios would not make enough money from just them. they HAVE to make a massive profit AND draw in the public. especially when it's a big studio like Warner brothers. i think we were all fooled months ago. we heard about this amazing comic that we all love so much and we though "well it's so perfect, they can't possibly change it." I think we were caught in that fantasy for a while. It's high time to come to the understanding that no comic book adaptation ever done will ever be 100 percent true to it's source. Hey, 20 years down the line, when the ideas of the people have grown, they will remake this and we will see the story we all find so familiar. for those of you who want to boycott this and hate it and kick and scream about it, that's fine, you always have that awesome novel to dive into. for me, and others like me, i will not be boycotting this movie because i know it's the closest thing i will see to these characters actually coming to life for a long time.
as much as i love comic books, they are not my life and i know i still live in this reality. it's not like somebody died, it's not the end of the world. i think for the most part the message is there and zack is right when he says the characters are most improtant. you'r still going to see an emotionless manhattan who is ultimately convinced of the values of life. and for those of you who forget, in the comic, manhattan helped with ozzy's plan. remember he goes to adrian's arctic retreat and andrian gets his help, ultiimately leading to the invention of a machine to MIMIC THE POWERS OF MANHATTAN AND TELEPORT THE CREATURE!!!! and in the movie adrian "USES MANHATTAN TO BUILD A MACHINE THAT MIMICS HIS POWERS TO CAUSE NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS!!!" c'mon guys, same idea, adrian still builds the machine using manhattan. for all we know, the machine doesn't blow stuff up, it just teleports a bomb instead of a squid. and there's still a chance this is all a hoax and that this ending i just described in great detail it rumours spread by zack and company. even if the movie isnt exactly like the novel, it will still most likely be labeled "The greatest comic-book movie of all time" just like the novel is labeled "the greatest comic book of all time" it's a suiting counterpart if you ask my opinion. this is after all comicbookMOVIE.com.
BloodRed - 11/10/2008, 7:03 PM

Way to go Zach....have an incredible movie within your grasp and then go and make up your own ending.

I have now lost faith in you.

And many fans will follow suit and the movie will possibly end up causing you your career.

You deserve what you get....BRAVO.
scottbuster2000 - 11/10/2008, 7:44 PM
To self-described WATCHMEN experts outthere I want anyone of you to name me ONE movie that was based on a book that was
exactly like the origonal source material. The very act of turning a book into a movie means you're changing it. A book is a book and a movie is just that a movie. All a movie can ever be is [Hopefully] a faithful interpretation of a book and in this case a graphic novel. You can't transcribe[to make an exact written copy] a book to the big screen. The Lord of the Rings triogy [Brillant but not the same as the books] / Bladerunner [Brillant but not 'Do Androids...'] / Apocalypse Now...A Clockwork Orange...Dune...The Godfather...Trainspotting...The Wizard of Oz...The Hobbit [Sorry it will be different]...The Exocist...One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...The Phantom of the Opera [No version is the same]...The Secret of NIMH...C. Clarke's 2001 and 2010...The 13th Warrior...Christmas Carol [Again no version is the same]...All 14 of Ian Fleming's Bond book [Some were good-At least half were not]...The Third Man...The Maltese Falcon...Stephen King [Let's not go there]...The Bourne triogy...Harry Potter...THE LIST IS ENDLESS. If you fans are expecting to paste the Watman novel to the screen then don't bother seeing it or any of the above mentioned + Every single comic movie because you WILL be disapointed.
As for warpath15 - ['And if you see it, you don't really care about Watchmen.'] I will have a copy of THE WATCHMEN for the rest of my life [And will read it over and over], I will go see the movie [If it's a entertaining faithful interpretation more than once].
warpath15 - ['A day to remember the death of Watchmen'.] Alan Moore's masterpeice will outlast it's creators, you and I and any opinion one might have on the comic book/graphic novel medium or this movie.
Does Ozymandias dark costume irk me? [Yes, But it's not a deal breaker]. By all indications some of the Watchmen have aquired super powers they don't have in the novel [Still, not a deal breaker]. Finally the alien squid ending is a no go [Alternate ending had better work for this could be a deal breaker indeed!]. At best could be a Godfather and at worse Moonraker [There is a lot of space between these 2 movies but all we can hope for is the Godfather end of the spectrum. NUFF SAID!
RorMachine - 11/10/2008, 7:54 PM
jesus you people would be just as upset if he cut out manhattens [wiener] from the movie, hes not changing what happens, just how it happens. "this is not the comic" well guess what? it was never going to be! they are two different mediums and certain things have to be changed to better suit the big screen. as long as the essence of the story remains intact ill be happy.
RorMachine - 11/10/2008, 8:01 PM
scottbuster your on the money...another thing..i bet all you angry fanboys loved the dark knight right? me too..but in NOT ONE batman story ever written does the joker wear make up, its always the result of a chemical accident. two face is born from acid not an explosion..and he doesnt die after one faceoff(no pun intended) with batman. i would say these are pretty big deviations. but the movie worked anyway
DelDawn - 11/11/2008, 2:42 AM
I always hated that damn Squid! kind of brought an anti climax to the rest of the bad ass material in the book. I got the idea behind it, but a Squid!?

Come on guys, you have to admit it.

I think Zacks idea might just work!
ComicMans1234 - 11/11/2008, 10:53 AM
good god. i bet it was too expensive to put a freaking giant squid in the ending...geez..

ps. didnt like the squid
sunsetcracker - 11/11/2008, 11:11 AM
i really don't think that it's going to change the movie that much. I still think that it's going to be awesome.
Scottymagic - 11/11/2008, 11:53 AM
To play devils advocate, on page is one thing but a giant squid in new york...your average film-goer with no knowledge of watchmen would all laugh and id imagine there would be outrage from the fans in regards to this and look or whatever. Translating and adapting watchmen to screen was always gunna enrage someone or other who likes overreacting and feeling less special. All im saying is i love watchmen, im excited theres a flick, the trailers look good, im giving it a chance, lets call off our mob till we have the full picture.
blacksword7 - 11/11/2008, 12:22 PM
gtrman, i higly doubt that even if comic book fans all over the country boycott this movie, that they will lose much of their profit. your going to get a lot of hype over this movie in the next few months and it will get to a point where a lot of fans who were initially pissed off will realize that they would rather experience this movie on the big screen and decide for themselves, than sit at home on their computers watching it on the 14" by 12". i guarantee that it will be good enough to attract multi-viewers just like TDK. mainstream audiences will adore it and it may even attract them to the novel thereafter. in the end, a lot of people will end up loving this, i guarantee it. hey, you may even fall in love the moment you see it on that computer of yours. seriously though, it's getting to see characters you love come to life!!!! who cares about the ending!
Boomersooner - 11/11/2008, 12:29 PM
I loved the GN as did many people, but the squid ending would be a bit much for most movie-goers who have never read the GN. As essential as it is to the plot line, i don't think it was a terrible idea to change it. Look back at this past summer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was an amazing movie, until the last 15 minutes or so when we found out the whole thing really was about an alien. Alot of people hated that movie for that reason. There are going to be a ton of people go to see this movie simply for the controversy surrounding it with the rights and all that bs. And if they see it and at the end, the climax is a giant squid, they are going to think that everyone of us that fell in love with the GN are crazy. When I finished it, i was like, wow that was an amazing book, but what the hell was that squid there for. It will, however, be interesting to see how Zach is able to work this out to make sense, because once again, as ridiculous as the squid was (in my opinion) it was a very important part to the story. I work at a theater, so come March 5th (I'll get to see it a day early) I'll be previewing it, and more than likely watch it about 10 times before it leaves theaters.
potatosacker71 - 11/11/2008, 2:18 PM
hey you dumb ass scottbuster2000 have you never seen SIN CITY! You jack ass, that was shot for shot the same as the comic which is why it was good.Or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Blindness. to name a few.think about this next time you feel smart. the ending of watchmen is the crescendo and should not change. ZACK SNYDER burn in hell you sellout bastard1
warpath15 - 11/11/2008, 5:54 PM
Indiana Jones and Kingdom of the Crystal Skullwent downhill long before that. Come on, the man escaped an atom bomb in a refrigerator and didn't even get radiation poisening when he got out of the refrigerator.
RorMachine - 11/11/2008, 6:46 PM
another thing, the squid would make no sense(well, less sense) without the black freighter story..and guess what..theres no freighter story
Kovacs - 11/11/2008, 7:22 PM
i heard a rumor that Rorschach's journal isn't in the ending of the movie does anybody know if this true cuz i'm kinda ok with a non-squid ending as long as the movie ending still works but i feel you nedd the journal
RorMachine - 11/12/2008, 7:48 AM
quagmire14 grow the [frick] up and stop being such an anal retentive pedantic fanboy. im a huge fan, im just not a selfish prick who thinks the movie is being made just for him
Comedian - 11/12/2008, 8:54 AM
some times things stop you from doing what you want. i think this is the case here. or its a publicity stunt. the movie is going to be amazing either way.
H8Monster - 11/12/2008, 9:43 AM
Who Watches The Watchmen?

I, For One, Intend To.

Big fan of the gn, I've purchaced about 8 or 10 copies over the past years and given them out as gifts. The depth of the GN was mind-boggling.

I want to watch the Movie, it might even be anything between Sin City and LXG, but the "CONTROVERSY" is just a marketing tool.

Every time one of us says I HATE ZACH SNIDER we're just advertising for him,

300 was faithful enough, The Movie added some body (pun inteded) and lost nothing.

All i can hope is that Watchmen The Movie is in any way good.

Hell, The Dungeons & Dragons movie(s) sucked so bad that they made D&D fans look worse than ever

All I can hope is that the "Comic" I've been canvassing for years as one of the greates acheivements in it's field is not frowned upon cause of a mediocre film,

___________________________________________________

Also, Loved The Sqid (Cthulhu F'Taghn!)
parascythe - 11/12/2008, 10:08 AM
SQUIRT!!!!!
BuckyB7588 - 11/12/2008, 1:29 PM
I think this is ironic, people arguing over a topic which is supposed to unite humanity.

This is just what the commies want us to do!!!
w0lverine - 11/12/2008, 1:37 PM
Why does anyone who loves the book actually care what will or will not be in the movie?
I read the books of Alan Moore because they challenge my mind and are pure genius. I will watch the movie because I want to see some cool shit on screen. In other words, I go for the movie experience. I never expect an accurate depiction. Only a fool, not familiar with book-to-movie adaptation history, would.
Further more, if the movie is a success, what will happen is that many more people will go out and buy the book (hopefully from their local comic shop).
Thus, everyone will be able to share in the majesty of the original; the inspiration of the spectacle.
H8Monster - 11/12/2008, 3:25 PM
SNIKT!
warpath15 - 11/12/2008, 9:42 PM
"another thing, the squid would make no sense(well, less sense) without the black freighter story..and guess what..theres no freighter story"

... don't get us started on the freightor. I'll bet he leaves out the newspaper guy too.
H8Monster - 11/13/2008, 1:25 AM
The Newspaper Guy(s) the vendor and his client represent the everyman, and the BF story represents "Watchmen" itself as a fiction mirroring real events, So in a movie adaptation it would be difficult to set...
RorMachine - 11/13/2008, 8:39 AM
well in the cast notes it has the newstand and kid characters, i assume thats the kid reading the freighter but theyl obviously have some other part for them to play..remember the freighter story is being filmed its just not going to be in the cinema cut
Bryy - 11/13/2008, 6:09 PM
Warpath15,
Will you please stop your whining? How is Snyder a sell-out for allowing Watchmen to be made into a video game? Huh? Did Moore state that he didn't want that to happen? How is making a video game of a superhero comic selling out exactly? There is nothing in the story implying that a video game would go against it's nature or something, this isn't Rent. And as for complaining about non-comic book fans being MORONS? Guess what? Not just fans see movies, you douchebag. I'm upset that Snyder is leaving out the squid, yes, and putting in slow motion everywhere, yes. But you don't see me looking for someone to blame, do you? Guess what: the freighter is filler. It's fat. It needs to be taken out. And while you'll no doubt get all huffy at this post, I'll actually go out and do something with my day (and not see Watchmen, btw).
blacksword7 - 11/13/2008, 6:39 PM
Bryy, a little harsh but i see what you mean. fans need to know. This is comic book movie.com. what does this site do? it reports on comic book based movies. emphasis on the based. all the fans out there should remember that no comic book adaptation is 100% like it's source material. most true thing i know of is sin city, and they added crap all over that movie.
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