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Patrick Wilson aka Nite Owl Weighs In On 'Watchmen' War Of Words

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 11, 2014 11:08 AM
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Time is a flat circle, and five years after it hit theaters, new criticisms and defenses surrounding "Watchmen" have emerged over the past few weeks. Producer Joel Silver got the ball rolling by dissing Zack Snyder's version, and the director in turn dissed Terry Gilliam, whose unmade version would've been far less faith faithful to Alan Moore's comic. And Gilliam then weighed in with his own typically cheeky response. So who's next?

Well, Nite Owl himelf, Patrick Wilson, has shared his thoughts on the the minor battle between filmmakers over the movie, and he's firmly on Team Snyder. "I love 'Watchmen,' I love Zack, I love the process of that. I'm so happy with that movie. Yeah, I saw some recent hubbub… the Joel Silver of it all, and Zack's response. Zack is very well spoken, he doesn't need me to back him up. It was awesome," he told Screen Rant (see below).

So there you go, one more person in Snyder's corner. Where will this go next?


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  • coy | March 11, 2014 1:23 PMReply

    The hate for this movie blows my mind. If you are a fan of the source material then this is as close to what you imagined. Much closer than I would have dared dream make it to the screen. A big budget, hard-R, faithful to the source adaptation?

  • Marianne Faithfull | March 11, 2014 5:46 PM

    The criticisms are that it wasn't faithful to the tone of the book. Plot, yes. The changes to the screenplay were fine by me. Hell, the screenplay as a whole was pretty great, and the movie was pretty good on the whole — dragged down by over the top violence and Snyder's tin ear for natural-sounding dialogue.

    When Nite Owl and Silk Spectre are running around breaking peoples' arms left and right — bones jutting out of them and all — you're missing something from the source material. Most of the Watchmen are kind of pathetic. Christ, Nite Owl has a massive belly in the comics.

    I'm twisting his words, but Patrick Wilson's comment is illustrative of the problem: Watchmen the movie was "awesome" in the Michael Bay/Zack Snyder sense of the word. Watchmen the comic was not "awesome."

  • cattt | March 11, 2014 11:26 AMReply

    I don't understand why some people think that adapting the source material faithfully is a bad thing. Is it because it's a comic book? Nobody complained when directors did faithful adaptations from Cormac McCarthy's books (No Country, The Road). People would've lost their sh*t if Coens changed the NCFOM ending completely.

    There's nothing wrong with Watchmen -the graphic novel, changing the whole story makes no sense.

  • bohmer | March 11, 2014 12:39 PM

    I never got the hate for that adaptation, although that love scene is unwatchable..

  • KT | March 11, 2014 11:24 AMReply

    So much pussy slap-fighting; just make your fiction people and shut up.

  • ASFan | March 11, 2014 11:14 AMReply

    I know Matthew Goode is in the Snyder corner as he stated in an interview for Stoker.

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