Which film has the craziest ending?

"Watchmen": That's why we don't see the crazy ending of the comic in the film

In 1986/87 the groundbreaking graphic novel "Watchmen" by Alan Moore was published. Due to its great popularity, a film adaptation was already under discussion at the end of the 1980s, and Terry Gilliam ("Brazil") was even among the candidates for directing at times. However, because he did not want to squeeze the material into a single film, he turned it down in the end. After an adaptation by Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem For A Dream”) failed in the early 2000s, Zack Snyder, who recommended himself for this job with the film adaptation of the graphic novel “300”, took on “Watchmen” and finally brought the comic classic to the big screen in 2009 with “Watchmen - The Guardians”.

The director stuck closely to the template, which was praised from many sides. In some points, however, it deviated significantly, the most obvious being the completely different ending.

The end in the film (Warning: spoilers!)

In the grand finale of the film, Adrian Veidt alias Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) tells his former Watchmen colleagues that a nuclear war between the USA and the Soviet Union can only be prevented by giving the two great powers a reason to rapprochement. By this he means the shared hatred of Jon Osterman alias Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup). This one Veidt wants to provoke by attacking the world's major cities with nuclear weapons that have Manhattan's energy structure. Because the now god-like and barely human Osterman can logically understand that the seemingly crazy plan kills millions, but also saves billions, he kills Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley), who wants to bring the truth to light, and sets off on his own to another galaxy.

The end in the comic template

In the template by Alan Moore, however, the grand finale is many times crazier. There, too, Adrian Veidt has the plan to save humanity through mass murder. Indeed he wants to achieve this by creating a gigantic squid creature (H.P. Lovecraft sends his regards) and releasing it on New York City. Thereupon humanity allies itself against the supposed aliens. Dr. So Veidt does not push Manhattan into a villain role, but in the end he sees himself forced to eliminate Rorschach and set off into another galaxy.

That's why the finale was changed

Many fans were disappointed that this epic finale was not featured in Zack Snyder's film. But in an interview with MTV shortly after the theatrical release, the director explained why the change was necessary: “It would have taken at least 15 minutes to explain the squid and its appearance properly. Otherwise it would have just looked crazy. So we left him out of the film to focus more on Rorschach and a little more on Dr. To be able to concentrate in Manhattan. "

These considerations were preceded by a request from the studio to keep the film as short as possible. And since even the theatrical version ended up at 163 minutes (the Directors Cut lasts 187 minutes, the Ultimate Cut even 215 minutes), the change to the finale was probably inevitable.

The very last scene, however, is identical in the film and graphic novel: An employee of the New Frontiersman newspaper finds Rorschach's diary in the mail, which is why the story ends with a tragic final chord. The publication of the truth behind the attack - whether tentacle monsters or nuclear weapons - will divide the nations again and all the deaths were ultimately in vain.

ProSieben shows “Watchmen - Die Wächter” this Saturday evening (February 23, 2019) from 10:55 pm in the theatrical version. In the following article we will explain what distinguishes the three different versions:

The three cut versions of the film are so different