One of the most polarizing movies to be released in the past few years is Zack Snyder‘s Watchmen. While the director achieved the impossible by adapting the virtually unfilmable comic book for the big screen, there are those who say that he didn’t stay true to the source material from creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. But producer Joel Silver declared that Snyder’s take on Watchmen was “too much a slave” to the comic, and added that Terry Gilliam‘s version over at 20th Century Fox would have been much better.
But Snyder isn’t just going to take comments like that sitting down. He is going to fight back. Hit the jump to see what he said.
While doing the press rounds for his upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire, the filmmaker talked to the Huffington Post about Silver’s comments on the Watchmen film adaptation being a slave to Alan Moore’s work, and says that Gilliam’s version over at Fox would have been much worse.
“….if you read the Gilliam ending, it’s completely insane…. So, honestly, I made “Watchmen” for myself. It’s probably my favorite movie that I’ve made. And I love the graphic novel and I really love everything about the movie. I love the style. I just love the movie and it was a labor of love. And I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway and they would have made it crazy. So, finally I made it to save it from the Terry Gilliams of this world.”
Producing partner Deborah Snyder agrees:
“But it’s interesting because…it’s damned if you do, damned if you don’t. You have people who are mad that the ending was changed and you have other people saying, ‘Oh, it was a slave to the graphic novel.’ You can’t please everybody.”
It seems to be that if Snyder thinks it is his job to “save us from the Terry Gilliams of this world,” then he is practically saying that there is no room in a theater for creativity or originality. And for a film like Watchmen, there needs to be room left for originality and creativity, not gratuitous violence or laughable sex scenes.
While I can understand how vicious some fans of the comic book can be because of a few changes made to the characters, their motivations, and the ending, there really is no need for elitist comments like “I made it because I knew that the studio would have made the movie anyway.”