The role of Ozymandias was originally connected to actors Jude Law, Lee Pace, and Tom Cruise (who Snyder felt would have been better as Manhattan), but they left the project behind due to the studio's delay in handling the budget. Snyder said Goode was "big and tall and lean", which aided in bringing "this beautiful ageless, Aryan superman" feel to the character.
Ultimately, Hamm's script altered the ending, having Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan die and the remaining characters teleported to the real world created as a result of time travel. In an interview with Variety's Danny Graydon, during Warner Bros.'s first possession of feature film rights for Watchmen, Moore changed his mind, adamantly opposing a film adaptation of his comic book.
Overall, I loved the movie. Mostly because the hottie behind the ticket booth let me give her $10 to see it with my underage friend. I thought it stayed respectively true to the comic. I was glad to see a superhero movie that wasn't shitty and contrived for once.
EDIT: After reading the comments regarding the score, I decided to post my response. I can't disagree with those of you who said it was poorly done anymore. Bob Dylan's "These Times Are a-Changin" used for the opening was a a perfect choice to play while showing the audience that things were "a-Changin". Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" could be found in the novel (I believe this was mentioned by another person). The song played during the Comedian's funeral sequence was almost peppy and upbeat and was used as a tool of irony for the scene, which is what the Comedian's character truly embodied: Irony in human life. The reason the music changed so abruptly was that it changed with the scenes. The score was designed around the premise that the producers were making a film adaptation of the comic. Those quick changes in the music were made to stylize the comic-feel. I was actually rather disappointed with the original composed parts of the score. They were too bland. And whoever thinks "Neunundneunzig LuftBallons" being out of place needs to jump the fuck off a bridge for being so stupid.
That is all.
Edited by Horus, 10 March 2009 - 06:43 PM.