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Heroes & The Watchmen

Having just watched the last episode of Heroes Season 1 this morning, and with the long wait until Season 2 starts this autumn, my mind is on all things supers.

Now Heroes: Origins is going to fill the gap a little bit. Basically a spin-off from the main show it is aiming to maintain audience interest in the show 'between seasons'. Origins is going to be six stand-alone episodes, each dealing with a brand new character. At the end of the mini-season a public vote is going to take place to decide which one of the characters gets promoted to full-time cast status in Season 2.

It's certainly an interesting idea and I'm guessing whichever character is chosen will have to start mid-way through Season 2 to allow the filiming and writing schedule to still hit September for the start of the first 12-episode half-season.

Anyway, apart from Heroes Origins & Season 2 snesgirlalso reminded me of The Watchmen movie that's coming out in 2008, by the same director as 300. I have fairly high hopes for the film because the graphic novel was amazing and Zack Snyder kept 300 very close to the original graphic novel.

So, the question begs itself, who should be in the film. Three names have already been attached to it and (apparently) been offered the roles. So, who do you think should be in The Watchmen?

Dr. Manhattan - Keanu Reeves (offered)
Nite Owl - Patrick Wilson (offered)
Ozymandias - Jude Law (offered)
Rorschach - ?
Silk Spectre - ?
The Comedian - ?


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May. 23rd, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
Origins will be shown half-way through season 2, and whatever character gets 'promoted' from Origins won't show up in the main show until the finale of season 2/start of season 3.

As for Watchmen, Andy Serkis for Rorschach and Bruce Campbell (seriously!) for The Comedian.
May. 23rd, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Wish List
Reeves as Osterman sounds like an absolute travesty, except that perhaps he will convey a suitable air of emotional detachment :/

Wish List:
Silk Spectre - Lucy Lawless.
Rorschach - Simon Pegg.
Comedian - Billy Bob Thornton.
May. 23rd, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
Apparently Jude Law is a big fan of Watchmen, has a tattoo of Roarschach, and has previously stated he'd be interested in playing him should the role ever come up.

After watching him in The Wisdom of Crocodiles and Road to Perdition, I reckon it might work.
May. 23rd, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Has to be a miniseries - there's no way you could tell the story properly within a film's time-span. Also, I'm skeptical that faithful frame-by-frame reproduction of panel to shot as Sin City would work, at all.
Generally, film adaptation of comics works best if it's something that operates best in broad strokes rather than in details (hence, why V For Vendetta, for example, is so utterly miserable a failure). Moore works in details. Moore films don't work.

Why have I heard of Patrick Wilson?
May. 23rd, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Also, discuss: People seem to think Rorschach is cool. Why?
May. 23rd, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Boba Fett?
There's probably a PhD in Psychology waiting for the nerd who writes up this one.
May. 23rd, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
...but Edward Norton would have to play him.
May. 23rd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think the reasons are there, not that far under the surface. Resentment, sense of empowerment, arrogance: Moore went pretty far to expose the vigilante as something horrible, rather than the romanticised ideal of the Batman (pre Frank Miller), but for some reason people took to it. Pretty much everyone I know thinks Rorschach is cool, and in some way the "hero" of Watchmen, as if Watchmen has a hero.
May. 23rd, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
For me it's this line:-

"This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not Fate that butchers them or Destiny that feeds them to dogs. It's us. Only us."

But this subject is worthy of a whole post/thread unto itself if we want to do the character any justice at all.
May. 24th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
Guy's still got no business being looked up to, or aspired to, by people. Mind you, I think Ahab is the coolest character in all of fiction ever, so what do I know?
May. 23rd, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
My pic'n'mix:-

Rorschach - Edward Norton
Ozymandias - Jude Law
Old Night Owl - Clint Eastwood
New Night Owl - Eric Bana
Old Silk Spectre - Kathleen Turner
New Silk Spectre - Anne Hathaway
Comedian - Sam J Jones
Jon Osterman - Brandon Routh
Dr. Manhatten - Someone who IRL has asperger's. So probably an unknown.
Moloch - Max von Sydow
The Castaway - Thomas Haden Church
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May. 24th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC)
Jeffrey Coombs? And I agree on the "it won't work as a film" thing.
May. 24th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
The Watchmen film has been abandoned by a lot of skilled directors as unworkable - they couldn't find a way to convey that much story in 3 hours. Although 300 was pretty, I'm afraid I dont think Mr Snyder will up to the task that half of Hollywood has already rejected.
May. 24th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
Plus, there's like 20 minutes of story, tops, in the original issues of 300. There's approximately that much story every five pages of Watchmen.
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