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

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Watchmen

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Released: 1986
Author: Alan Moore

Watchmen

86%
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 beating up Dan and Rorschach, Adrian reveals his plan. He created a monstrous life form and teleportation. The life form looked like a giant centipede. He planned to teleport the monster to New York. But the teleportation didn't work and the item would explode on arrival. He wanted humanity to fear an alien attack. He used a psychic's mind to program the explosion to cause everyone to have nightmares about it. He replicated Jon's power. He wanted to use it to make people think that Jon was responsible for killing millions of people. They would unite against him.
   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."
   Rorschach handcuffs the child murderer to the stove. He hands him a hacksaw and pours kerosene over everything. He tells him he shouldn't waste time trying to saw through the cuffs. Then he drops a match and walks out. He just hacks his head to pieces with the cleaver.
   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.
   A gang of thugs breaks into Hollis Mason's house after Rorschach is busted out of prison. They beat him to death. Later when Dan and Rorschach find out, Dan goes crazy. We don't see Hollis getting killed.
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