July 23, 2008

Rorschach's Journal October 12th, 1985


"... Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face."

If you've seen "The Dark Knight" then you've probably seen the trailer for Watchmen .

I can't believe they're finally making it. I hope they do it some justice; I have to admit that the trailer is intriguing.

My copy is beat up and yellowed by now. Hurm. Time to give it another spin?

Rorschach's Journal. October 13th, 1985. On Friday night a comedian died in New York. Somebody knows why. Down there... Somebody knows.

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Posted by James at July 23, 2008 1:01 AM
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Oh, no! They're going to turn this into a movie?


Posted by: Patti M. at July 23, 2008 8:55 AM

They've been trying for years. I still have, somewhere I hope, the original script they were going to use. I bought it at one of those gaming conventions.

The trailer does look pretty awesome. The director is the same one who did "300". I have high hopes. Which means it will suck. ;-)

Posted by: briwei at July 23, 2008 10:01 AM

I know, there's real potential to make a disaster of it. I just started re-reading it; I remembered it was dark but I forgot just how dark. I don't know what the screenplay looks like, but 10 years ago I wouldn't have expected a decent screenplay. After having made Sin City (no matter how you thought that came out), I'm more confident that a studio would let them make a film that preserves the noir aspects.

It's really could make a good noir/mystery film. The challenge is to reduce the complexity.

Posted by: James at July 23, 2008 11:12 AM

Yeah. The script was not all that good and they majorly screwed with the ending. I'll have to see if I can dig it up.

Posted by: briwei at July 23, 2008 11:50 AM

My copy is also kinda beat--what a great story.

I've been thinking about rereading it, and I think now's the time!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 23, 2008 1:09 PM

Never had a copy ... borrowed it in college and reddit tho. Like Patti, I've been thinking about the story lately, and will probably try to read it again.

300? Does that mean everyone will have really ripped abs?

If I remember correctly, wasn't Rorschach the final inspiration for one guy we hung out with at WPI finally take his trip off the deep end? What was his name?

Posted by: Bull at July 23, 2008 1:54 PM

Yes! Greg. He dressed up in a trench coat, hat, and gloves. Had everything but the mask. Then he stalked around the park near campus.

He's also the guy who picked up our dry ice/plastic bottle explosive because it took too long. He declared it a dud. We all told him not to pick it up. He did and it blew up in his hand. No major damage, though.

Posted by: briwei at July 23, 2008 2:31 PM

Oh yeah...Greg.

He was a bit delusional to begin with. And I forgot about the dry-ice...

Good times...

Posted by: Bull at July 23, 2008 2:46 PM

I'd forgotten about Rorschach's anti-liberal obsession.

If WATCHMEN were set in 2008, Rorschach would be a neocon blogger who prowled the streets at night, mumbling rants about Rachael Ray's keffiyeh.

Posted by: James at July 23, 2008 2:52 PM

Am I remembering correctly? Wasn't the climax a "false flag / inside-job" alien attack or something like that?

If so, the producer/director really has an opportunity to lay the "9-11 inside job" conspiracy theory pretty thick into this movie.

Posted by: Bull at July 23, 2008 3:56 PM

I just finished re-reading the graphic novel. It's as good as I remember, but not without its faults. I can see where they could probably get a decent script out of it, focusing on the mystery aspect.

It was a little weird reading about an alternate-universe 1985 twenty years later.

Posted by: James at July 24, 2008 9:17 AM

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