Watchmen, which was adapted from a series of graphic novels by Alan Moore, was released in 2009 by director Zack Snyder (currently the man behind the new Superman/Batman film). Producer Joel Silver now reveals that fans almost received a very different version than what they know today.
When talking to ComingSoon, Silver stated that Terry Gilliam originally jumped on board to translate the comic to the screen, yet eventually left the project due to the sheer overwhelming nature of the content. While many of the elements would have remained the same, a different twist on Doctor Manhattan would have seen the very identities of our heroes cease to exist! “…what he did was he maintained that the existence of Doctor Manhattan had changed the whole balance of the world economy, the world political structure. He felt that THAT character really altered the way reality had been. He had the Ozymandias character convince, essentially, the Doctor Manhattan character to go back and stop himself from being created… and in the vortex that was created after that occurred these characters from "Watchmen" only became characters in a comic book.”
While the Watchmen movie eventually produced did enjoy enough success to justify the writing of a new set of graphic novels (which will also presumably be adapted to film as well), Silver feels that Snyder “…came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material.”
It’s also important to note that Moore has no involvement in the new comics series, which is a prequel entitled “Before Watchmen.”