Zack Snyder's Watchmen was released five years ago, and people are still talking about it. But it's not in the way that you think. Instead of praising it for what it was, people are debating what it could have been.
Last week, producer Joel Silver revealed a version that he, Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown had come up with. They believed that deviating from the comic book would have made for a better, more satisfying ending. Silver called Snyder "a slave to the material," which is usually a good thing in this genre. But Snyder caught wind of the story and is breaking his silence.
In an interview with Huffington Post (while promoting 300: Rise of an Empire), Snyder said:
"If you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane. Yeah, the fans would have stormed the castle on that one. So, honestly, I made Watchmen for myself. It's probably my favorite movie that I've made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world."
Ouch! Snyder also spoke about how important it was to stay true to the tone of the source material. He didn't want to completely disregard it.
"[T]he most important thing with the end was that it tells the story of the graphic novel. The morality tale of the graphic novel is still told exactly as it was told in the graphic novel — I used slightly different devices. The Gilliam version, if you look at it, it has nothing to do with the idea that is the end of the graphic novel. And that's the thing that I would go, 'Well, then don't do it.' It doesn't make any sense."