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.
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.