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
   Rorschach visits Dan to tell him about the Comedian and suggest that Hollis Mason might be part of it. Dan tells him not to go and scare Hollis. Rorschach leaves. Dan doesn't say that. He says he doesn't like Rorschach following him. Rorschach says he wants retribution for the Comedian's murder. Says Tricky Dick can't tell them what to do. Dan pleads that he can lead a normal life because no one knows what he looks like. He says Dan is hiding in plain sight. Then he leaves.
   Rorschach visits Veidt in his office. The two are alone. Rorschach is playing with a Ozymandias action figure. He mocks him for making money off his image and compares him to the Comedian. He indicates that the comedian would never do that. He warns him that someone might be killing masks. He leaves through the window. Dan goes to visit Veidt. Adrian is being interviewed and discusses his merchandise which helps pay for work with Dr. Manhattan. Dan is there playing with one of the dolls. Later Dan warns Adrian about Rorschach's theory about someone killing masked heroes. They discuss the possibility of nuclear warfare and if Jon can stop the Russians.
   As Rorschach enters Rockefeller military research center he comments on how his meeting with Veidt left a bad taste in his mouth. He thinks he is pampered and might be a homosexual. He doesn't mention Veidt. He says the meeting with Dan left a bad taste in his mouth.
   Rorschach recalls how all the former great Watchmen are washed up now. He says that Dollar Bill got shot. He leaves a few out, and says Dollar Bill got his cape stuck in a revolving door before being gunned down.
   Rorschach visits Laurie and Dr. Manhattan in the Research center. He tells them about the Comedian. Laurie talks about how he tried to rape her mother and beat her up. Rorschach warns the two about someone killing heroes. Dr. Manhattan sees that he is upsetting Laurie so he makes Rorschach teleport outside the fence. Dr. Manhattan says that Rorschach wants him to look into the future to see if the Comedian's killer is identified. He cannot see the future because of a temporal interference. It might be a future nuclear holocaust. Rorschach thinks that might be a reason to kill vigilantes so he questions Dr. Manhattan who says he must return to his work. He teleports him outside in the rain.
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