The squid was not in the movie when I got the script, the squid was never in any draft that I saw. My point is only that there was this elegant solution to the squid problem that I kind of embraced. I'm a fan of the thing as much as anyone, I was saying what are we going to do about this before I even read the script." Was that solution multiple atomic explosions as some have said? "I won't say exactly but... Dr. Manhattan has a certain energy signature, it's clearly his thing...so you know.Did you know there was a "squid problem"? Apparently there was. The thing about Dr. Manhattan's "energy signature" jibes with the reports, from the screenings, that instead of creating a fake alien attacker, Ozymandias causes some nuclear explosions and frames Dr. Manhattan for them. Also, Snyder "shot down reports of multiple endings," says Dark Horizons. "They only filmed the one."
The fans, god love 'em, they're all up in arms about the squid. What they should be up in arms about are things like shooting the pregnant woman, 'God is real and he's American', whether THAT's in the movie. That's my point of view, maybe I'm crazy.He says the new ending is still true to the characters and keeps the "moral imperative" from the original graphic novel. Meanwhile, Snyder admits he's nervous about how well the film will do at test screenings. He's gone out of his way to warn Warner Bros. that this won't be a slam dunk with test audiences, the way his earlier movie 300 was.
Some people are going to go, "what the fuck is this?", And I go, "That's okay." That's the thing that you fight... The one thing that was cool was that anyone who had read the graphic novel who was at the screening rated the film "Excellent." For me, I'm like, "I'm done."Reading between the lines, it sounds like maybe people at the first test screening who hadn't read the original graphic novel didn't rate the film "Excellent"? Just guessing here. Also, Snyder is especially worried about Asian audiences, because Japan didn't even like The Dark Knight.