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

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Released: 1986
Author: Alan Moore

Watchmen

79%
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
Rorschach
Rorschach
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
   After they crash on Antarctica, Dan and Rorschach ride on Hoverbikes to get to Veidt's lair. They just walk.
   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.
   A man who works at a newsstand talks about the state of the world. A young black kid sits on the ground reading a comic called "The Black Freighter" Rorschach comes to the news stand to ask for a subversive magazine. None of this happens.
   Dr. Manhattan intervenes in Vietnam and after more than two months the Viet Cong surrender. It only takes one week for them to surrender.
   There are excerpts from Hollis Mason's autobiography discussing his time as the original Nite Owl. This is left out of the movie.
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