First Watchmen Cast Photos

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Well I know a lot of people have been waiting a long time for this, but we finally have our first look at the main characters from Zack Snyder’s upcoming adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. Pictured above we have Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian, Matthew Goode as Ozymandias, Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, and Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre. Billy Crudup is not yet seen as Dr. Manhattan since the character will be created entirely through CGI (I think).

Personally I think Rorschach looks fine, but the rest are a little too Batman & Robin’d up for me. Still, I suppose these kinds of plastic and molded rubber suits are what we’ve come to expect in super hero movies nowadays. What do you think of the photos?

  • Of course they’re all too young (Night Owl especially is atrocious) and it looks like Rorschach is just painted on a white hood. Everything that could have gone wrong, has gone wrong. This looks like an MTV production. Zack Snyder is a sulfurous cunt.

  • The only thing worse than the potential trainwreck of this movie will be having to hear Moore gripe and yammer about it endlessly. “You don’t need a budget to make a movie! Back in my day we spent $5 on the movie effects. AND WE LIKED IT THAT WAY!”


  • I truly doubt you will hear him say anything about the film.

  • They put nipples on Oz. Fucking hell.

  • Goon

    I’m no Zack Snyder apologist by any stretch, however I don’t think these look bad. The style of the book had me wondering how they’d figure out these outfits in a modern movie, and I have to say they look better than I expected. So I dont know if I just had lowered expectations, but whatever.

    I’ll make my judgment when I see the movie. The pedo from Little Children is Rorschach.

  • I know nothing of this franchise/book/adaptation/movie. So these images look like (as you said) another Batman & Robin flick. Depsite one third of the “Little Children” cast being here, I’m officially not interested until I hear/see something different that shows otherwise.

    As a side note, “Little Children” is one of the best films of the decade.

  • Alan Moore can’t shut up about V For Vendetta and From Hell so I’m not sure what makes this any different.

  • Rorschach and The Comedian look good, but the rest just don’t seem to fit the tone of the book. They’re supposed to be heroes from years past. They look like they each raided the testing facility of an army base and stole a bunch of experimental armored suits. Blah.

  • deadpaul

    I agree that everyone but Rorschach looks like they stepped out of a Batman movie. I don’t expect much from this movie.

  • Like most people here my initial reaction was disappointment. But the film’s defenders have a legitimate point; the costume’s are supposed to be hideous gawdy reflections of current superhero trends. If they looked really cool it would be wrong.

    It’s a difficult balancing act and I’m going to give this one the benefit of the doubt for now. I didn’t like 300 but I do like Dawn of the Dead and Snyder’s remarks on the film so far have been encouraging. Particularly his insistence on setting the film in the 80’s.

    btw, what’s with Rorsharks’ shoes? I know it’s a period peace I still think LA Lights high tops may not have been the best choice.

  • But the film’s defenders have a legitimate point; the costume’s are supposed to be hideous gawdy reflections of current superhero trends.

    They are supposed to be of 50’s and 60’s superhero trends. None of the supes are practicing anymore except Rorschach by the time the movie actually happens. Any of the costume instances happen decades earlier.

  • Goon

    after looking around the web today, I think the thread here is the most negative feedback i’ve seen. most watchmen fan-dominated boards are in love with the pics and only fret that the actors are too young…

  • Gamble,

    no, the costume design by Davey Gibbons was a comment on the prevailing trends of the 1980’s. I’m talking about the artistic intention of the creators.

  • Well to be more precise, the characters were facsimilies of well known 60’s characters (for instance Rorschach is The Question), and they purposely used a Golden Age style of illustration, though far more layered then ever seen before. That was what was considered so impressive, that Gibbons not only effectively blended Golden and Silver Age styles, but that he added depth to them as well.

    But even besides that, those costumes should look like something found 50 years ago and they don’t. They look like modern costumes. Ozymandias in particular looks absolutely ridiculous.

  • nevermind

  • Maybe Film Junk can be the official home of the Watchmen backlash? In all honesty I don’t care much about costumes. I’m more interested to see how the story translates.

    I think what Rusty’s saying is that Zack Snyder is trying to do the same thing for the current time period that Moore and Gibbons did back when the comic first came out. I think that might be giving Snyder a bit too much credit though.

    In response to what Less Lee was saying above… I think Moore has already publicly condemned the movie and said he wants no part of it. I could be wrong on that, but I’m pretty sure I remember hearing that.

  • He has exactly said that. The only mention he has made of this film is mentioning that he received and signed the letter saying that he would have no responsibilities and no benefits associated with the project, and that he was happy that have this one behind him.

    I think that Zack Snyder is getting way too much credit as well. If he actually thinks of himself as capable of the same level of genius in terms of making a satirical piece without any satire in it, practically redefining the worlds view on an entire artform, then he better deliver. Otherwise he should stick to the storyboards. He is a fucking colonic worm.

  • Goon

    to be honest Moore’s opinion doesnt matter to me. sure he’s a genius, but he’s a bit of a nut – I mean he worships a Roman snake god named Glycon. I’ll judge it for myself…

  • Goon

    btw, can we assume Jay will blast everyone for prejudging based on pictures like he has for other movies with pre-release hate-ons?

  • Sure he’s an unlikable character and a bit of a nutcase. All great men are.

  • In anticipation of hatred from Jay, I will use his own defense when he hated Halloween based on the poster.

    If these pictures came out and it was M. Night Shyamalan or Sam Mendes directing, I wouldn’t be worried because I knew there was going to be a brain behind the decisions. When it’s Zack Snyder, I know that there is not a brain behind them. He didn’t luck into anything awesome.

  • Moore has given the screenplay as much as an endorsement as you will probably get from him. Something to the like of whomever wrote it “is the closest I have seen to anyone getting Watchmen.”

  • No, he said that about the Terry Gilliam screenplay that eventually didn’t become anything in the 90s. He said it was as close as he could imagine anybody getting to Watchmen. It would be weird if he said the same about this script, and I highly doubt that he has read it. If you’ve read this somewhere, I’d love to read it and proven wrong though! That would be good news.

  • No it was Hayter’s screenplay.

    You might be confusing Gilliam’s screenplay of Good Omens and Gaiman’s and Pratchett’s universal praise of that screenplay with the Watchmen one. Or hell, maybe he did say that about Gilliam’s as well, but from what I recall Moore has been fairly against any Watchmen adaptation no matter what.

  • Hayter’s script is out.