Hope Percolates

Hope Percolates

Just one more thing today–

take a look at this interview (with Zack Snyder) and take heart Watchmen (2009)-doubter!

No, I don’t mean this stuff:

The story “deconstructs heroes. … It kind of takes it all the way,” Snyder says. “How far do you take this superhero thing? Do you take a cat out of a tree or do you create world peace? That’s really the dilemma that they face. Superman has the ability to go to all the world leaders and say, ‘I will kill all of you if you don’t behave.’ He could do that, but why doesn’t he?”

(I’ve already gone on record with my statement that Squadron Supreme asks those questions better than Watchmen does–although, of course, a Watchmen movie must ask those questions!)

I mean THIS:

“The Owl Ship’s got to have an eight-track,” Snyder says. “There’s also a coffee maker. That’s really important to the Owl Ship.”

That sounds like a throwaway comment, but it could, in fact, mean that Snyder reads the book the same way I do–and if he does, then the entire narrative will turn upon the amazing scene in which Dan and Laurie save people from a tenement fire and then SERVE THEM COFFEE… I’m pretty sure I ranted about that scene at some point in this blog’s dim past, but I’ll reiterate here that that one scene makes the book for me… grounds the narrative in the subjective hopes (for the world, for companionship), desires (to be helpful to others, to be sexy to each other) and genuine goodness of those two characters, who are without question the people that the book is actually about.

So–in order for a Watchmen movie to be good–that coffee scene will have to be there–and it couldn’t be there without a coffeemaker in the Owl Ship.

That’s my feeling about it, at any rate.

Are there any scenes that you insist must be in the film, in order for it to work for you? I’d love to hear some opinions on that.

good afternoon–part II



  1. The human moment that used to choke me up from Watchmen (diluted upon re-readings, but really powerful the first time) was the scene between Dan and Rorschach, with the former going on a rant about how “hard it is to be” the latter’s friend. There’s an awkward pause, followed by Rorschach saying, “Daniel … you are … a good friend. I’m sorry … that it is sometimes difficult.”

    It’s the only time Rorschach ever seems to truly see himself from outside himself, and it’s such a poignant moment — so simple, when contrasted with the grandiose nihilistic speech of Chapter 6 (which is also powerful too, in a different way). The character never seems more human to me than in that moment.

  2. you bet Jason–that’s a good one too–an acknowledgment that even the most terminally abstract characters (and that’s exactly what Rorschach is) still, at least, think about friendship…

    and remember, “The Magic’s in the Makeup”


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