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Spoilers ahead for Watchmen (book, movie, and series premiere).
At one point in the series premiere of HBO’s Watchmen, Detective Angela Abar (Regina King) and her son Topher (Dylan Schombing) are driving home when it starts raining tiny squids. If you’ve never read Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel or have only seen Zack Snyder’s 2009 movie, this may have been a bit confusing, so allow me to explain.
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In the graphic novel, the world is on the brink of nuclear war. Former superhero turned industrialist Adrien Viedt brings together a bunch of artists and scientists to fake an alien invasion. Viedt has all of his collaborators killed so they can’t tell the truth because the alien invasion is meant to hit pause on nuclear annihilation. Viedt’s calculus is that if he can cause a minor tragedy—teleporting a giant alien into the heart of Times Square—it will kill millions but ultimately save billions. Humanity will rally against this alien force and stop turning their weapons on each other. The design of the alien is a giant squid.
Zack Snyder decided to cut the squid from the movie because to set up and explain the creature, you’d have to take time away from the main characters. Here’s what Snyder told Syfy Wire:
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“When I originally got the script, the squid was gone from the [end],” Snyder said, adding: “I was like, ‘OK, well, we should try to put the squid back in the movie. We should see if that’s a thing that could work.’ And, really, I think the reason why we in the end decided that it was probably best not to was that it just ended up adding another … 15 pages to the script. You know, just to kind of make that make sense. Because...
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