What's the Difference between Watchmen the Graphic Novel and Watchmen the Movie?

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Released: 1986
Author: Alan Moore


Released: 2009
Director: Zack Snyder
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In the Graphic Novel In the Movie
Edward Blake/The Comedian
Edward Blake/The Comedian
Portrayed by: Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Dr. Manhattan
Dr. Manhattan
Portrayed by: Billy Crudup
Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
Portrayed by: Matthew Goode
Portrayed by: Jackie Earle Haley
Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl
Dan Dreiberg/Nite Owl
Portrayed by: Patrick Wilson
Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II
Laurie Jupiter/Silk Spectre II
Portrayed by: Malin Åkerman
Hollis Mason/Nite Owl I
Hollis Mason/Nite Owl I
Portrayed by: Stephen McHattie
Young Hollis Mason
Young Hollis Mason
Portrayed by: Clint Carleton
Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre I
Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre I
Portrayed by: Carla Gugino
Captain Metropolis
Captain Metropolis
Portrayed by: Darryl Scheelar
Watchmen Graphic Novel vs Movie
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In the Graphic Novel In the Movie
   The story starts with the police in the Comedian's apartment after he has been killed. As the two cops discuss what happened, we see flashbacks to the comedian being beaten up and thrown out the window. The comedian doesn't speak. It starts with the comedian sitting his apartment. He watches TV and sees a report about the Doomsday clock and the possibility of the Russians dropping the bomb. The attacker kicks in the door and then fights the Comedian for a few minutes. It is a back and forth fight. The attacker gets the upper hand and just before he is thrown out the window the comedian says "It's a joke. It's all a joke. Mother forgive me."
   The cops investigating the comedian's death claim that Edward Blake was doing diplomatic work overseas. He is seen in a picture shaking hands with Vice President Gerald Ford. They suggest that Blake might have been a spook or black ops for the government. He is shaking hands with President Nixon in the picture.
   Rorschach goes into the comedian's apartment and uses a wire hanger to measure his closet. He notices it is shorter on the inside than it should be. He finds a button and it opens a secret door. He a costume with a hooded mask. He takes it out and lays it on the floor. He just finds the button in the closet. He opens the compartment and sees the costume. There is no hooded mask, and he doesn't remove the contents and lay them on the floor.
   As the comedian's blood is being washed off the pavement, Rorschach's diary is read. He voice over's his diary entry while he enters the comedian's apartment.
   Hollis is talking about a crook he had put away, and how he ran into him at the supermarket after he reformed his ways. Dan says he has to go. Hollis gives a brief history of why he and other cops started dressing up as vigilantes. He doesn't mention the reformed crook. As he leaves, Hollis asks Dan if he misses it, they both say no.
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