‘Matrix’ Producer Says His ‘Watchmen’ Would’ve Been Better

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 6:29 pm,

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Producer Joel Silver (The Matrix Trilogy) recently gave an interview at the premiere of The Good Son Orphan, in which he talked about how he would’ve done Watchmen differently (read: better) than director Zack Snyder did.

Now, we at Screen Rant are not trying to start any fire where there is no smoke: Silver was NOT condemning either Watchmen or Snyder as a filmmaker – rather he was simply stating what his creative vision was for the film and how it was different from Snyder’s slavish recreation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ original graphic novel.

If you’re interested to hear about the movie that would’ve been Joel Silver’s Watchmen, keep reading.

At the risk of starting a beef where there is none, I’ll simply pass on a quote Joel Silver gave to Cinematical:

I love Zack and I love his work, and I think he’s very talented, but the script that we developed, I think was better than the movie they made…I don’t want to say he was a slave to the material because he made changes anyway, but I think it could have been a little more satisfying movie. I think Zack made a great movie, though; I don’t want to minimize what he did. But I think at the end of the day it was more kind of tuned to just the big kind of fanatics of Watchmen as opposed to a broader-based audience who didn’t maybe know the original comic.

Now I know that there’s no stopping some Watchmen fanboys who read that quote and are already typing feverish responses in the comments, calling for the caning of Joel Silver. Me, I don’t necessarily agree with Silver’s claim – if he indeed had ‘the greatest Watchmen film in the history of the universe’ in hand, he should’ve done something about it. But then, I don’t necessarily disagree with his statements either.

In the end, I think it all comes back to the too-soon-to-call debate about what Watchmen is vs. the wishful-thinking notion of what it could’ve been. Only time (or the inevitable Watchmen reboot that’s coming five four three two years from now) will tell for sure.

For the full scoop on what Joel Silver had to say about Watchmen you’ll have to check out Cinematical.

And, if you want to refresh your memory of how the film turned out, Watchmen: The Director’s Cut will be available on Blu-ray July 21, 2009.

Source: Cinematical

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  1. @amandapanda
    For me I always saw Watchmen as a more realistic take on the superhero genre and that’s how it contrasted with all other superhero stories before it. In the graphic novel the fight scenes were mostly not over the top. I think that suited the world of the watchmen story a lot more than the stylized fighting we got in the movie. It made it more believable that this is what could happen if regular people decided to put on costumes and fight crime.

    Anyway as I said for me that wasn’t the main weakness. The weakness was due to the difficult nature of adapting long graphic novels and books and that is compression. Certain details always have to be omitted to fit into a reasonable running time. I felt Watchmen omitted a bit too many in the beginning.

    For me the best graphic novel to movie adaptation is Ghost World. American Splendor isn’t too shabby either.

  2. I haven’t watched my copy yet but early online reviews are saying that the Directors Cut is better then the theatrical version. They’re saying the film flows better.
    :-)

  3. So respecting the source material is “slavish recreation” now? Interesting…

  4. @790 tell me if its worth the wait…I was going to buy the plain old DVD, but if it is worth it, I will wait until the Director’s cut comes to OZ.

    I was extremely disappointed with ‘Donnie Darko’ when it came out. It ruined the original film for me. I do not wish to repeat the experience!

    @The Big Dentist: Maybe we should purchase the script, and make some money. ;)

  5. I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to watch it all tonight but the price difference was only a few dollars. I film like this I will just say get the Directors Cut!!!

  6. @790
    Amazon.com e-mailed me that since I bought the director’s cut (which haven’t arrived yet) I could download it to my computer, which I did. Haven’t watched it yet but when I went to see if it would play, it said I had 24 hours to see it if I continued, or cancel and see it later. I cancelled it so I could see it later. Where did you buy yours from?

  7. I purchased my copy from Frys in Burbank. Its like an big electronic store. They had it on sale for $17.22 (list $22.99) and it came with a Frys gift card that was worth $5 bucks.
    The theatrical 1 disc dvd was on sale for $14.99. It has no bonus features.

    The 2 disc Directors cut has a bonus feature on the phenomenon that the graphic novel created. 11 Watchmen Journals, a music video and the “Theatrical Version” as the Digital copy. The Bonus features and Digital copy are on the second disc.
    (No commentary unless you get the Bluray directors cut)
    The run time is 186 min. with the 24 additional minutes included.
    There’s also a $10 off coupon for the Ultimate Collectors edition (coming December 09) if you register online to WarnerBros.com/rewards. ;-)

  8. (Also) I usually throw them out but the cardboard sleeve has a real cool hologram cover !!!

    The discs also have cool images rather then just silver or black titles.
    I recommend the Directors Cut!!! Can’t beat it.
    ^
    Here’s the specs on the Ultimate Edition due in December. (What it says on the Coupon)
    •5 disc set
    •A whole new Movie:The Directors cut with “Tales from the Black Freighter” woven in.
    •New commentary by Dave Gibbons and Director Zack Snyder.
    •2+ hours of bonus content including Hollis Mason’s tell all “Under the Hood.”

  9. Gotterhyme, your saying the directors cut of “Donnie Darko” sucked compared to the theatrical version.
    Hmmm just wondering what was the prob “unless its a huge spoiler”. :-)
    I’ve got it here on dvd but haven’t watched it yet.

  10. Wow just watched, “Under The Hood” on my Tales from the Black Freighter” dvd and its the perfect pre-setup for The film !!!
    It explains the origins and helps ground the film, “Watchmen”. Amazing retro prolog.

  11. @790:

    I think I will have to own ‘the Watchmen’, Director’s cut from your enthusiastic recommendation. It is out on DVD hopefully?

    As for ‘Donnie Darko’, Director’s cut, lets just say a lot of the mystery and enigma is gone. Also, the Director chose a different soundtrack for the opening credits, and Donnie’s and Gretchen’s descent down the stairs hand in hand after the *ahem* love scene.

    Some things are explained that are better left a mystery in my opinion.

  12. I actually really liked the Donnie Darko Directors cut.

  13. Thanks Gottarhyme, I’ll tell ya I’m about 35 minutes into watching the Directors Cut and its already better!
    All the cuts so far were the segways between scenes. Watching this directors cut is incredible so far!!! Really improves on the overall film!!!

  14. Haa aah Lol Daniel,,,,

    I’ll say this to cap off the night, the “Watchmen Directors Cut” is a superior version of the film !!! Big time!!!
    Watch “Under the Hood” first then the Directors cut for the best “Watchmen” experience !!!

  15. @ Daniel F: I think I enjoyed puzzling out the stories about the characters myself in Donnie Darko, the theatrical version. And the change in sountrack threw me in the Director’s cut.

    @790: What a pity they didn’t show the Watchmen Director’s cut in theatres!

  16. Had to stop midway through tonight but I’ll report Watchmen The Directors Cut is awesome !!!!!!!!!!

  17. Great! Can’t wait for the lowdown. :D

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