Very Strange Watchmen Movie Update

Published 7 years ago by

There’s a very odd post over at the official blog for the Watchmen movie.

It’s written by production designer Alex McDowell and describes an event that supposedly happened on April 7th, 2007 recounting a trip to New York City to see something in an abandoned building that was about to be demolished. The gist is that they stumbled upon the actual, real “Owl ship” that belonged to the character Nite Owl in the Watchmen graphic novel.

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The “real” Owl ship from Watchmen

Here is part of the post:

“The scout tells us that the tunnel and chamber was once a spur of a forgotten subway, an underground maintenance area for the cars, built in the 1920′s. In 1955, the tunnel suffered a collapse that flooded this section of the system, and the lower portions of the track were abandoned. 100 yards from the repair yard the tunnel now opens up directly to the East River.”

“Clearly someone had broken into the chamber from above, probably in the sixties, and build the steel stair that connected directly the basement we’d stumbled into.”

Clearly, the tone of the post is to convey that this “trip” really happened and they really found the remnants of a ship.

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Another look at Nite Owl’s base and ship

He goes on to state:

“We are starting to climb the mechanical stairs when there is loud cracking sound from upstairs, and the scout shouts for us to leave. As we race up the stairs and out into the street we hear behind us dull sounds of collapse, and walk quickly away.”

He concludes by saying that they were able to grab a few photos as they ran out of the collapsing building (you can see more photos by clicking here or on the image above).

I find this to be a rather… odd blog entry for the official Watchmen site. It’s not what I’d classify as “viral” and it’s not a production update. Honestly I’m not sure what to make of it… is it meant to add “mood” to the production? Is it something meant for people who don’t know anything about the source material? Are people who are following the production of the film supposed to read that and say “Wow, that’s so cool!”?

I don’t know, what do you think?

Watchmen opens on March 6, 2009.

Source: Official Watchmen Blog

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  1. I think its posted just to WOW you Vic and make you post about it. Its that viral :)

  2. LOL, ok… point taken. :-)


  3. Bizarre and not exactly keeping with the marketing of the movie. Remember Blair Witch’s original site? They made it seem real. Trying to do that now with Watchmen doesn’t work.


  4. they’re trying to be original in their viral marketing or something

  5. Yeah, Rob pegs it..

  6. Does this Owl Ship have dimensional drive,,,,, ? Could be a way to tie our timeline into theirs in a Viral marketing way ????? :-)

    Just guessing.

  7. Not April 1st then?

  8. @Dentist



  9. Alan Moore claims to have met John Constantine on two separate occasions, in real life. Maybe this is some kind of nod to that?

  10. Liz, that’s an GREAT connection. Alan Moore’s mentioned that a few times. Would the filmmakers want to risk yanking his chain even further though?

    I always saw Constantine as something of an alter-ego for Moore: the charismatic, morally ambiguous working-class warlock. Bearing in mind Constantine’s look was based on Sting playing the devil in Brimstone And Treacle (remember “The honorable Gordon Sumner” and the “Newcastle” thing?), there’s the possibility Moore’s claim might have been a veiled reference to him having confronted some evil part of himself or whatever. I think he sometimes wilfully blurs the boundaries between the real and the surreal.

    So if I were anyone from the film industry that substituted Keanu for a man’s profound inner journey, the very last thing I’d be doing is poking a stick into that hornet’s nest. But yeah, what other explanation is there? They’ve just not thought it through, have they?

  11. Hmmm sounds like a virus all right!

  12. i understand the excitement and all, but do we have to know when somebody in production crew farts? watchmen overload

  13. Fairly dull bit of viral news

  14. @smith

    Did someone fart? :-p

    BTW, I don’t disagree with you on possible overload this early on. But this is a movie news site and we cover what’s out there.