!![[{{ComicBook/Watchmen}} The Comic Book]]
* AscendedFanon: The fate of [[spoiler: Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis]] has been a source of speculation owing to a couple resembling the two appearing on panel (and in focus) after their supposed demises. Dave Gibbons stated it wasn't intentional, but was far too good of a theory to refute.
* CommonKnowledge:
** It is common knowledge that ''Watchmen'' only exists because Moore couldn't do the story with Charlton Comics creations. In fact, as Moore pointed out, his original plan involved MLJ Heroes published by Archie Comics, with The Shield slated to be the murder victim that brings the heroes together. Moore turned to Charlton when DC didn't have the rights for the MLJ heroes, and the only reason Moore wanted to adapt previously existing characters was for similar reasons as ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}'' (namely that he wanted the characters, however obscure, to have a history and legacy that would make his treatment of them really tragic). Moore noted that once he started work on ''Watchmen'', he rapidly stepped away from the Charlton-MLJ-related concept.
** Likewise, it is common to assume that ''Watchmen'' killed off the goofier, more idealistic [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] type stories for some time, nevermind that the Silver Age was over for nearly ten years by that point. As critic Lance Parkin notes, it's actually closer in visual style to the Silver Age era than the GrimDark books that would follow. Furthermore, as successful as ''Watchmen'' was, it was not by any means the great blockbuster that people imagine it. It was outsold by Creator/JohnByrne's ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel'' and not nearly as successful as ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. Something like ''ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily'' and especially ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' probably had a bigger cultural and editorial impact on the darkening of comics than ''Watchmen'' did.
* CreatorBacklash: Creator/AlanMoore does not like the idea of the ''[[{{Prequel}} Before Watchmen]]'' comics, and refused to read them or watch the film adaptation. Dave Gibbons, on the other hand, was more open to the idea of prequels, even wishing the new team of writers and artists well; however, he insists that to him, these aren't canon at all, but merely derivative work.
* DoingItForTheArt:
** The endless subtle hints and foreshadowing, or minor connections within the ChekhovsArmy that one can find during the second read through can ''not'' be a coincidence. There are also the ''very'' detailed instructions Moore gave to the artist.
** Chapter 5 is palindromic both in shape, dominant colors and focus characters [[note]] Rorschach/Detectives/News Stand/Black Freighter/Dan and Laurie/Ozymandias/Dan and Laurie/Black Freighter/News Stand/Detectives/Rorschach[[/note]]. It's impossible to notice until someone mentions it. And then you realize the significance of the final words of the chapter: [[spoiler: "Everything balances."]]
* FollowTheLeader: It and ''Dark Knight Returns'' is credited with ushering in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks and the graphic novel era.
* NamesTheSame: The second season of ''Series/TheWire'' also features a company called "Pyramid Delivery". In both works, the company turns out to be a front set up by the BigBad ([[spoiler: Adrian Veidt]] and The Greek, respectively).
* [[RenamedTropes Former Namer]]: YouAreTooLate, which used to be ThirtyFiveMinutesAgo.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Rorschach's original costume was a form-fitting white full-body leotard with his inkblot patterns all over it. Later they threw the hat and coat on him to better resemble the Question (which had the unfortunate effect of making him look like a tattooed albino flasher) and finally dressed him up completely, leaving only the mask with the inkblots.
** The story was originally meant to star the heroes of the now-forgotten MLJ Comics stable, but when Moore realized he didn't have the rights to MLJ, he turned to Charlton Comics that DC Comics had recently bought --ComicBook/CaptainAtom, the ComicBook/BlueBeetle, ComicBook/TheQuestion, etc -- but Alan Moore's story didn't mesh with DC's plans to integrate them into the revamped DCU that would follow ''Crisis on Infinite Earths'', so he created a bunch of AlternateCompanyEquivalent that are now arguably more famous than the characters who inspired them.
** At the time they were promoting Watchmen, Moore and Gibbons discussed a potential prequel idea around the ''Minutemen'' days, albeit insisting they weren't interested in any sequel of the comic, nor were they interested in other ideas floated to them by DC (such as comics focused on the Comedian in the Vietnam). Moore later said that had DC not stiffed him and Dave Gibbons, he ''might'' have eventually come around to work on Minutemen, which in any case would have been highly different from the series put out in ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' decades later.

!![[{{Film/Watchmen}} The Film Adaptation]]
* ApprovalOfGod: Dave Gibbons had some interaction with the cast and crew, and was very impressed with the level of detail to the sets, sometimes not realizing a particular detail was taken directly from his art.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer:
** The superhero team is ''not'' called the "Masks".
** ''The Times'' (UK) captioned a photo of Silk Spectre II "Sally Jupiter", rather than her daughter, Laurie.
** Web videos from [=ComiCon=] - ''[=ComicCon=]'' for the love of cake - claimed that Creator/CarlaGugino and Creator/MalinAkerman were playing the first and second "Silk '''Sceptre'''", though this could just be a typo.
** Ironically, the "Crimebusters" super-group convened by Ozy and Captain Metropolis was renamed "The Watchmen" for the purposes of this film, creating an inverse situation.
* CreatorBacklash: As part of his continuing vendetta with DC Comics, Moore put a hex on the film, literally. It worked as well as hexes [[RealityEnsues ever do]], though Moore did enjoy gloating over the film's box-office failure.
* DisownedAdaptation: Zack Snyder once said that the best-case scenario of ever getting Alan Moore to watch his movie was that there might come one odd day where Moore accidentally puts the DVD into his player in his home in London and turns it off after a second. Moore replied to this by mocking Snyder's BritainIsOnlyLondon attitude (he's been living in Northampton for most of his life).
* DyeingForYourArt: Matthew Goode (Ozymandias) usually has dark hair. What you see in the movie is actually a wig [[http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w218/MeganPhntmGrl/Ozymandias/ozymandias044.jpg (here's a picture of it being applied)]].
** Also JackieEarleHaley, who has naturally dark hair, as redhead Rorschach.
** In a physical sense, Haley had an asphyxiating mask, both Goode and Patrick Wilson wore bodysuits that made them sweat profusely, Creator/MalinAkerman wore a cold latex suit in the already chilly Vancouver, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan went through hours of make-up. The one who endured the least was Billy Crudup [[SerkisFolk wearing a light-emitting mocap suit]].
** Patrick Wilson gained 25 pounds to portray the older and out of shape Dan.
* FakeAmerican: Silk Spectre is played by Swedish-Canadian actress Creator/MalinAkerman.
* FakeNationality: The German-American Ozymandias is British actor Matthew Goode.
* RealLifeRelative: The son of Zack Snyder plays young Rorschach.
* TooSoon: [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2016/05/11/david-hayter-on-voicing-snake-in-metal-gear-and-the-joys-of-being-covered-in-goo/ According to screenwriter]] Creator/DavidHayter, the film's different ending from the graphic novel [[spoiler:where Oxymandiaz frames Dr. Manhattan by blowing up New York with their machine's energy, instead of building a "squid" monster that destroys the city and appears to be an attack by aliens]] came about because 9/11 happened the day after Hayter signed his contract with Universal. Fearing that mirroring the recent massacre in film would be too painful, he rewrote the ending to instead mirror the more distant bombing of Hiroshima. (The film itself premiered in 2009, eight years after 9/11.)
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/JudeLaw was cast as Ozymandias, and was attached to the role late enough in preproduction that his likeness is clearly recognizable in the character's [[http://i43.tinypic.com/344sfoh.jpg costume sketch]]. Law's reasons for dropping out remain unknown, and he was replaced by the then-relatively unknown Matthew Goode instead, in keeping with the idea that the story should be a bigger star than the actors involved.
** Law had also expressed interest in playing Rorschach.
** Creator/TomCruise as Dr. Manhattan, Creator/RonPerlman as the Comedian, Creator/TerryGilliam directing...the list goes on and on.
*** [[{{Script/Watchmen}} An early script]] had Creator/RobinWilliams attached as Rorschach, Creator/KevinCostner as Ozymandias, and Creator/GaryBusey as the Comedian. Then again, this script also featured an almost gratuitous GainaxEnding, and was played for ''comedy'', so it's probably a good thing this never happened...
** Aside from Creator/TerryGilliam, Creator/DarrenAronofsky, Paul Greengrass and Creator/DavidHayter were all attached to direct at various points. Gilliam had [[Script/{{Watchmen}} a screenplay written by Sam Hamm]] (writer of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}'') to work with, while the others had one by Hayter himself. Much like the final film and more so than Hamm's, Hayter's treatment was pretty faithful, more prone to simplifying or cutting things out rather than changing them. However, it was set in the then-present day (2005), Laurie's alias was changed to "Slingshot" (Dr. Manhattan gives her the power to shoot energy balls), and the ending is changed even further than it was for the final film. [[spoiler: The squid is also replaced, this time by a solar energy beam. More importantly, Nite Owl changes his mind about compromising and (barely) defeats and kills Ozymandias, since [[AndThisIsFor "that's what Rorschach would've done."]]. Well, having worked on ''Franchise/MetalGear'' really makes your mind go places.]] Though, according to Hayter, he actually managed to get the approval of Creator/AlanMoore concerning his version of the screenplay.
** [[Script/{{Watchmen}} Sam Hamm's draft]] changes the ending even more, as instead of attacking New York at all, Ozymandias opens a wormhole back in time and uses it to kill Jon Osterman before he becomes Dr. Manhattan. This somehow has the effect of dumping the main characters into our world, and turning their timeline into a comic book. There's a reason that the fandom talks about the early screenplays not in terms of "It could have been", but in terms of "At least it wasn't."
** Ozymandias' storyline ended in death in a lot of the earlier scripts, as a way of not letting him get away with his actions:
** Sam Hamm version: [[spoiler: Ozymandias is vaporized, leaving only a pair of boots behind.]]
** David Hayter version: [[spoiler: Nite-Owl stabs and kills him with his "owlrang".]]
** Alex Tse version: [[spoiler: Ozymandias is crushed by Nite-Owl's ship and bleeds to death. His body is then set aflame by the ship's afterburners as it leaves Karnak.]]
** Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger was seriously pursued to play Dr. Manhattan at one point.
* ViralMarketing: Veidt Enterprises had the products - Nostalgia and The Veidt Method - appear. Keene Act informational movies are throughout.

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* IAmNotShazam: It's often thought that the second-generation supergroup is called "The Watchmen". They're not called anything because there isn't really a group. The second-generation group that Captain Metropolis ''tried'' to found would have been called "The Crimebusters". It ''is'' true in TheFilmOfTheBook, though.
* RealitySubtext: The sudden surge of superheroes during World War II, decline in the late 40s and 50s, and resurgence in the 60s was meant to reflect the fluctuating popularity of superhero comic books during the 20th century.
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