We Watches Some of the Watchmen Movie

by Zach Oat October 8, 2008
Watchmen First Look

- Andy Warhol talks to the press about his latest painting, one of his repeated-image portraits, this one of the new Nite Owl.

- An Astronaut plants the U.S. flag on the moon, then turns to us and we can see the reflection of Dr. Manhattan standing there filming him.

- Ozymandias (a.k.a. Adrian Veidt) standing outside Studio 54, as David Bowie (in full Ziggy Stardust mode) and Mick Jagger lounge against a car and the Village People look on from the crowd. Wow -- he knew the Village People?

- The new Crimebusters team, including the Comedian, Ozymandias, Dr. Manhattan, the second Silk Spectre, the second Nite Owl and Rorschach, pose for a group photo, similar to the original Minutemen shot.

- On a TV screen, Nixon is being re-elected thanks to presidential term limits getting repealed. We track outward to see that a man is spray-painting "Who Watches the Watchmen?" on the window of an electronics shop where the TV is on display. We track out further to see someone lighting a Molotov cocktail, then hurling it through the shop window, causing an fiery explosion. This is the same explosion seen in the first trailer. End credits.


This scene, a flashback in which Dr. Manhattan -- who, as a being of almost pure energy, simultaneously exists at all points of his life -- remembers how he became a living God, is almost exactly as it appears in the comic book. The scene begins with Manhattan appearing on Mars, having teleported there upon learning that he may be responsible for giving those closest to him lethal doses of radiation. He looks at a photograph in his hand, and flashes back to when it was taken in 1959, when he was Jon Osterman, nuclear physicist. The photo is of himself and Janey Slater, a fellow physicist, on a date at a local fair. After the photo is taken, they kiss, and just when you start to think that these two people are far too good-looking to be physicists, their mutual physicist friend Wally Weaver, who introduced them, walks by with his date. Wally wears thick-framed glasses and is kind of dorky-looking, which almost balances out the model looks of actors Billy Crudup and Laura Mennell.

Cut to 1981, where an older Wally is lying in a hospital bed, looking deathly ill. Dr. Manhattan's voice-over tells us that he's dying of cancer.

Back in 1959, Jon wins a prize at the fair, and gives the stuffed animal to Janey. I don't know what that stuffed cat is laced with, but we next see the two of them at home in bed together, having the sex. (How do nuclear physicists do it? KA-BOOM!) I don't know if this is the same night as the fair, but it is definitely One Month Before the Accident, according to Manhattan's description of the event, which has far too few details.

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