Watchmen Will Be Awesome, But Leave The Kids At Home

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 5th, 2009 at 8:25 am,

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[UPDATE: I've now seen the film and can confirm that this movie is absolutely NOT for kids.]

We’ve been talking (some would say ad nauseum) about the Watchmen movie which will be opening on March 6th for months now. I’ve had the sense that while the online community of folks who follow movie news sites is very much aware of this film, that that the average “man on the street” has never heard of it. That’s part of the reason we’ve been working to get the word out about it.

Every indication is that Watchmen is going to be probably one of the most amazing comic book-based movies ever to light up the big screen. Trailers, footage and reports on director Zack Snyder’s version of the Alan Moore story have been positive almost without exception.

Basically, the movie looks like it’s going to be awesome – but I want to make this very clear:

LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME FOR THIS ONE.

Yes, it’s based on a “comic book,” but let’s be VERY clear: This film is NOT for children.

As actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who plays “The Comedian” in the film) has stated: “It’s rated R for a reason.”

No, it’s not just because they show the blue, glowing naughty bits of Dr. Manhattan. The source material was very adult and not at all the sort of story meant to be read (or understood) by kids. It tackled big socio-political issues, betrayal, murder and yes, even rape.

In an interview with MTV, Morgan talked about the rape scene in the film:

“It was a three-day process shooting that particular scene, and it was hard… It was three of the hardest days of filming I have ever had to do. It was really very violent.”

In the original comic, there was a two page scene where The Comedian rapes the original Silk Spectre. People who pick up the comic book now may think “hey, that’s not very graphic,” but keep in mind this comic book was originally published 20 years ago and at the time that was a very intense couple of pages. Rape was not exactly commonly included in comic book stories back then.

Morgan went on to say:

“When you’re looking at the comic book you only get a couple panels so there is a lot of stuff there that needs to be filled in, so we fill in the blanks there between three and four panels, and it turns out to be one hell of a violent scene. And it’s all intact, [Hooded Justice] comes in and interrupts the attempted rape – it’s all there. We stayed very loyal to it, and I haven’t actually seen the scene yet, but I did see a piece of playback when we were filming it and it’s a lot.”

Will the scene be gratuitous? No, it’s not, but it is definitely rough to watch. Part of the point of the story is that these people who functioned as real world superheroes were not perfect – far from it. In many cases they were far more flawed than you and I, but they did a job that needed doing. This applies in particular to The Comedian, who was the most morally questionable member of the team.

There are other scenes in from the book that only showed hints of sex and violence, but here in the film they are expanded upon a lot and contribute to the R-rating – just know that there is a lot of very graphic, brutal violence in the story as well as an explicit sex scene.

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Final Watchmen movie poster

So while Watchmen may turn out to be an amazing film, I implore you to leave the little ones at home when you head out to see it. At the very least go see it on your own first and then make an educated decision regarding whether or not to let your children watch it.

Watchmen opens on March 6th.

Source: MTV

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  1. Good post, Vic.
    Most other movie sites don’t consider that the content of some films are as important as fanning the flames of interest in them. I applaud you for being considerate enough to take the time to do so.
    Just another reason that in my opinion, ScreenRant is tops for going the extra mile and delving into subject matter that may be questionable for the younger set.

    Well done, mate!

  2. ********SPOILERS AHEAD**********

    Hey Vic

    IMO the Comedian had no morals at least not how a normal civilized population would view them anyway.He was nihilistic cold & calculating.He relished the killing in Vietnam, had no problems attempting to rape someone, probably had a hand in the asassination of Kennedy and others. He was without a doubt one of the most morally reprehensivle characters ever to emerge from comics especially for the time it was written..But I will bet he will be one of the more popular aspects of the film…

  3. Okay taking bets, How many people here want to bet that parents are going to hear the term “comic book film” and take their kids anyway. Excluding the ones who actually follow movie news sites, read comics, look at the rating, or do anything real parents would do before watching a film like this.

    I am betting on at least : 300, and that will before someone gets the idea to sue Wb and or protest this film.

    Then again I am surprised that no one protested Dark knight! I did hear that a few parents tooks their 5 year olds into that

  4. Can someone actually get a five year old into an R rated film and a hard R at that?

  5. Well, techinically. The R rating states, “only 18 + are allowed without parent or guardian” and some parents, if they’re child begs hard enough, will go with their child. That or, they’ll treat the movies like a daycare center.

  6. I have not heard comic book adaptation used to describe this film but I have heard the term graphic novel adaptation which should make parents feels uneasy because they tend to be more “graphic” than normal comic books…and skew to an older more mature audience..but I bet there will be some moron..er…I mean parent that will try to get their young kids into this film..

  7. Imagines.

    Little Billy: OHHH< Preety colors. Momy I want to watch this!

    Moron: Okay little billy.

    I bet you that scene transpires one point. But still, you are right vic. I read the novel and allowed my little brother to read because we’re both very mature when it comes to it. But I wouldn’t allow my little cousin to read this at all

  8. There will be graphic sexuality in this film as well…just a very inappropriate film for a younger audience…

    @ GK

    dude I can totally see it…

  9. @ Greenknight. thank you. That is also how I see things happen with video games.

    You are right, there is going to me graphic sex, but I imagine that it will probably with the level of certain Older anime like Gantz or Berserk (wouldn’t haven seen that many older animes)

  10. @G.K.

    Your examples are exactly why I wrote this post.

    Vic

  11. I would not consider Gantz or Beserk to be older anime…what are they from 3-5 years ago..?

    The Japanese STreet fighter anime that I got from Japan from the early to mid 90′s..now I would call that older… ;)

  12. I meant older as meant or the nonsohenen crowd. I just said older because I cant spell senenin

  13. gotcha dude more mature

  14. Question-what will adults who are not comic book fans or know hardly anything about watchmen think about Dr. Manhatthan ? The guy glows. I am not saying that he is a bad character. Just that he is the only one with superpowers, and this is an R rated film. I am sure that if adults prefer a more realistic world they would prefer a most realistic character.

    But that is the only issue I have with the film. This film is going to be awesome and I will watch it on the opening day . This film could even beat out the Dark Knight’s total world wide earnings if it picks up enough steam prior to it’s release.

  15. Fred, I don’t doubt Watchmen’s “awesomeness” as I’m as excited for the movie as anyone, it’s just not possible for Watchmen to beat out the Dark Knight’s total world earnings. Absolutely no way in hell, seeing as it is rated R.

  16. Gotta agree with you Evan. There is NO way this film even does Spidey type numbers. I enjoy comic book movies very much, but I am not really stoked for this film. Will I see it? Yes. Is it something I am chomping at the bit to see, say like TDK? Nope. Nearly everyone in the WORLD has heard of Batman, but until I started reading this site, I had never heard of Watchmen. I think alot of people are like me in that regard.

  17. If I see any little kids at Watchmen, I’m going to be very disappointed. I will probably worry more about how it’s going to effect them than actually enjoying the movie.

    I really hope I don’t see (or HEAR) and kids in the theatre that night.

  18. I was at the cinema when some idiot parents took a bunch of kids to see the original King Kong movie. There is a scene where King Kong rips open the jaws of a dinosaur. The kids screamed in absolute terror and horror and started crying. A couple of them ran out shrieking. Nice one parents.

  19. I think the problem for most of the films of this nature is that the advertising dumbs down the audience to get a good return.

    Please leave the kids at home – they just whine and ask stupid questions!

    I think Watchmen is the best story I have ever read, but as I understand it, this film is not going to touch the real WOW factor for me. Kids are certainly not going to understand it.

    Are they going to understand what made Rorschach into the psycho he is – in a nice way which keeps the kids quiet?
    Will they alter the ending to make the whole story make no sense at all – just like the Will Smith I Am Legend – just to teach the kids the current political propaganda?

    The danger of comic books and Graphic novels is that to sell idea to the masses means that the depth of the story has to disappear – and that really bugs me!

    Really great post!!

  20. Can´t wait to watch(men) it! :)))

    I´ve been a fan of the movie since a long time ago on this facebook application!

    http://apps.facebook.com/lovecinema/movie/profile/Watchmen–2009

  21. Vic, great post and thanks! I have a younger brother who is interested in seeing the film, the scene you mentioned above was the one I was most concerned about, cuz altho it didn’t seem that bad in the book (IMO), I had a feeling they might “fill in between the panels” as Morgan’s comments suggested in your post and was not sure just how much “filler” they would add. If I’m not able to see the film beforehand, I’m going to wait for your review (which will be nothing short of excellent as per usual, I’m sure), in which I hope you’ll discuss just how “graphic” that particular scene is so I could decide whether to take my younger brother to it or not. :)

    Also, does anyone know if Rorshach’s beliefs and attitude were left completely in tact? I remember him making some rather derogatory comments about liberals in the book and was wondering if they had been “tweaked” or taken out of the film entirely. That was one thing I really admired about the book, it wasn’t “one-sided” like other socio-political works (Green Lantern/Green Arrow comes to mind, altho I enjoyed the stories, I found them to be rather one sided, using Hal as a political punching bag for Green Arrow’s oft left leaning philosophies most of the time, not that I’m some “neo-con republican pimp” or anything, but I think if anyone is going to go thru the effort of doing a socio-political type story, without being completely objective (which is imposible of course) they should at least include both “sides” point of view) and I enjoyed the depth and many layers of the characters. :D

    As for Comedian being the worst character in the book, I halfway disagree. I think Ozymandias was the “worst character” in the book in terms of morality – he’s responsible for the deaths of millions of people, while Comedian, altho an extremely egregious man, was a rapist (which didn’t he later..I dunno, like try to make up for or “change”?). But I guess people will always see the Comedian as being the worst character because his dirty deeds were explored more when he and Ozy are probably about equal. :)

  22. I think the COmedian was completely sane and actually enjoyed what he was doing..Ozy (love that shortened) was a genius who had completely lost his mind and the Comedian recognized that and that’s what scared the hell out of him when he started rambling to Moloch about the plan..

  23. That’s why I think the Comedian was the worst character … he knew what he was doing was wrong … Ozy was insane and lost his grip on reality..a God complex …

  24. I did some voice work on this and have seen some of it. I can confirm it’s ULTRA violent. There are some very disturbing images so if adults brings their kids, they’re gonna have to shell out some extra money later for therapy.

    http://popculturenerd.wordpress.com/2008/10/13/ive-seen-watchmen

  25. How young would you guys say is too low to go attended.

    As a fan of the movie, I would just like to know if you think how mature a child is and how intelligent that child would have to be to look past the violence and mature scenes.

    Thanks

  26. @Watchfan1

    That has to be your call. I don’t know your children. If there’s any question I would say go watch it by yourself first and then decide based on what you see.

    Vic

  27. I loved the book, and was going to take the 12 yr old (who also loved the book)to see it. I REALLY appreciate this, as it’s smacked me upside the head. It’s one thing to read the book, and pass lightly over any gruesome frames. It’s quite another to be in the movie theatre watching the events unfold. Thanks for the reminder.

  28. @S Kurtz

    I *highly* recommend you read this post if you’re planning on bringing your 12yo:

    http://screenrant.com/watchmen-awesome-leave-kids-home-vic-5208/

    In recent reviews of this film I’ve seen it described as “extremely brutal.”

    Vic

  29. Most definitely don’t bring your 12 year old. We had a screening in Quantico and some parents paid the price of bringing their kids to the movie. This movie is GRAPHIC and like Vic said when he saw the reviews “extremely brutal”

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