I haven’t seen 300, nor do I intend to, but I felt that Watchmen (judging by the trailer) got pretty much everything right visually. Which I find heartening, because that means no matter how much Zach Snyder fucks it up otherwise, someone can probably still do a pretty good fan edit using the footage.
Well, going on the trailer, they fucked up a pretty huge thing, which is the voice of Rorschach. The voice you hear at the end of the trailer — which quotes a line from the very first page of the book — totally gets it wrong, rendering the man’s voice as a more whispery variation on Christian Bale’s ridiculous Batman growl. Rorschach’s voice — which is commented on a few times over in the book — is meant to be an unnerving monotone, and his speech patterns bear this out. This is a rather essential element to the most crucial character in the film, and so, you know, kind of a huge blunder. Hopefully it will come off better, and that clip isn’t too representative.
Yeah, maybe that will just be his interior monologue voice, and he’ll be more monotone when he’s in dialogue. Although even having that split might damage his charaterization some — thorough, uncompromising relentlessness is what he’s all about. I can’t help but be thoroughly stoked about this (bonus tip: it pretty much comes out on my birthday!), which may be a mistake, but I hope the public in general isn’t tired of the new line of “dark” superhero movies by next March. It’d be kinduva shame if it got overshadowed by all the stuff it inspired.
“Indeed, an affinity for sports or physical culture has very little to do with jockism. All martial arts practitioners and rugby players, for example, are in fact geeks, affined always to the esoteric. By the same token, for his preoccupation with minutiae, the fantasy baseballist has more in common with the man who dresses up like an orc on weekends than does the man who dons the fringed cape and goggles of an actual baseballer.Meanwhile, all “hipsters” are actually jocks who want to be geeks but are afraid to admit it. This interior struggle manifests itself outwardly in the adoption of a different kind of uniform (though one that is as carefully regulated as the length of a baseballer’s cape) and distinguished by the jockist’s endemic, cringing cynicism. As currently incarnated, this uniform may include an “ironic,” “Joke” “T-shirt,” sarcastic jeans, cynical tube socks, derisive sneakers, and a morose belt.I could go on and on about such subtle differences.(For example, “foodies” are geeks, often of the most hateful kind, but Rachel Ray is a jock, because her cowboy steaks and yum-o cheeseburger soup-piles are merely the thirty-minute paving upon the path of her insatiable ambition. Also, she will punch you. ((Similarly, I am a geek at birth simply by virtue of my asthma, but my unreasoning, snobby contempt for jockism is itself, paradoxically jockish. (((Oh, and one final example: Anyone who invokes the “original intent” of the framers of the Constitution is is unquestionably a jock insofar as a) he hates hippies; and b) he ignores the fact that the Constitution is perhaps one of the most geeky documents ever committed to parchment—essentially it is our nation’s FAQs. He also ignores that the framers themselves were moneyed, sickly, book-mad, bifocal-wearers who believed God did not interfere in man’s fate, but served instead as a distant, uncaring Dungeon Master, which is to say: Geeks. ((((The Magna Carta, on the other hand, is a jock all the way: a jock-ument, if you will.)))))))))). But such endless, obsessive parenthesizing over fine-grain distinctions is an eminently geekish trait, ill-suited and offensive to jocks, who may be simply and purely broken down into two groups: 1) Bitter failuresand2) Bitter successes —John Hodgman, More Information Than You Require (coming soon!). This is excerpted from an aside on a chart titled, A TAXONOMY OF COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE; this comes from the “JOCKS” branch.
(I typed this off of a sales piece, so any mistakes are probably mine. I did add a quotation mark at a point I don’t care to point to, so, just, Mr. Hodgman, if you ever come across this and you feel as though I’ve added or removed a joke by inserting this quotation mark, please contact me and I will remedy this situation immediately. I am, after all, a publishing professional.)”—How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down