If you think there's a lot of Dr. Manhattan's big blue penis in Zack Snyder's upcoming Watchmen, wait until you see the director's cut.
Snyder told SCI FI Wire in a group interview at WonderCon in San Francisco over the weekend that he actually trimmed a few scenes of full-frontal computer-animated nudity from the theatrical release, but will restore them in the director's cut, which will have a limited theatrical release in July before appearing on DVD/Blu-ray.
"There's a big sequence on Mars between Laurie [Malin Akerman] and Manhattan [Billy Crudup], you know, the whole thing about, like, 'You're sleeping with him?' You know, like, 'I'm a puppet, they can see the strings,' that whole thing. ... That shot, ... when they're walking up the stairs coming to the top of the [crystal palace], it's pretty intense."
At this point, Dave Gibbons, who illustrated the graphic novel, chimes in: "Swing, swing."
Snyder: "Yeah. It looks like a bell clacker."
Crudup, who plays the big blue Dr. Manhattan, is apparently comfortable with the way Snyder has brought his naked godlike character to life. "Oh, yeah, I mean for better or worse, it's definitely my performance," he said earlier this month. "They're so accomplished now with the level of detail and the nuance that they can manufacture in the computer. ... It's a very realistic rendering of my face and my, um, abs. The rest of it is totally CG. Well, not all of it. Not all of it, people." He smiled at this point.
In other Watchmen news:
♦Warner Brothers has launched Watchmen—6 Minutes to Midnight, a 10-minute interactive trailer that allows the user to enter the world of the movie, interact with one of the characters and unlock exclusive content from the film.
♦Warner Brothers Digital Distribution announced Watchmen: Justice Is Coming, an online multiplayer game for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which is available from the iTunes App Store this month.
Watchmen opens March 6.