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aitakute wrote in 35minutes_ago
This is not to instigate any sort of war and I believe we're all sensible enough to not engage in one anyway. ;) But mod, feel free to delete this if inappropriate. ^^;;

I am wondering, what are your thoughts about the differences between comicverse!Adrian and movieverse!Adrian? Any form of opinions welcomed, on any aspect of the man himself - be it the personality or the demeanour and actions. (Okay not so much the absolute senseless, to keep to the comm guidelines - no omgliekhe'ssohot comments. LOL.)

This came across my mind as, to be truthful, I am introduced to Watchmen via the movie. While watching the movie, I am indifferent to all characters, but upon reading the comic, my heart goes out to Adrian (comicverse). I will say that I do not not like the movieverse!Adrian - it is just that he comes across as a slightly different person - hence, the prompt. I'd like to hear other people's thoughts on this matter. :)

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An awful lot of my opinions on the difference between them came out in this thread over at veidt_fans.

But it basically boils down to comic!Adrian being, as mentioned, a real study in duality - he seems like this friendly uncle kind of guy, charming and nice, and yet underneath that he's so dissociated with people that he can put something like the squidbomb into action and genuinely be happy about what it does. There's something supremely messed up going on in his psyche, but he's buried it so well, and that's why he's fascinating, he's so impenetrable.

Whilst movie!Adrian is not quite as deep, but comes off as more understandable and to a certain extent tragic because of it - he's this guy whose intelligence has made him so obviously isolated and distanced from everyone (no wonder he reaches out to Dan) that it makes it a bit more understandable how he could weigh humanity in terms of numbers. Add that to the fact that he is less gleeful about his success - I found it came off as he considered it evil, but a necessary evil (and, with his whole messiah complex, an evil he'll take on to prevent anyone else from having to do it), and he comes off as almost tragic.

That said, I couldn't say which I prefer. I like movie!Adrian more for fic - the fact he's more understandable means the writers tend to be less OOC. And as fascinating as comic!Veidt is, I prefer to imagine Matthew Goode in porn.

But comic!Adrian was the one who first fascinated me, and it took my second viewing to really get into the movie version. He's more interesting to discuss, even if I'd rather read fic of the movie version.

Either way, he's my favourite character in Watchmen. Apparently I'm a sucker for Magnificent Bastards pulling off ridiculously over-complicated plots. I blame you, Light Yagami.

ETA: Like everyone else it seems, I love the Jon-Adrian scene at the end of the comic. That's the moment Adrian really clicked for me as a person, as opposed to a 2D plot device. And yeah, I missed it in the movie.

Edited at 2009-03-30 06:19 am (UTC)

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