Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rorschach, The Comedian and more Watchmen movie costumes on display...

Imagine my delight when I discovered that there were additional Watchmen movie costumes on display at ArcLight Sherman Oaks, after I'd taken pictures of Silk Spectre, Nite Owl and Ozymandius costumes on display at ArcLight Hollywood on Friday.
Watchmen film costumes on display at ArcLight Sherman Oaks
So for the chance to see the original film costumes of the Watchmen characters Rorschach and The Comedian (plus another Ozymandius outfit) in the flesh (so to speak), I whizzed over to Sherman Oaks to take some photographs this morning before I missed the opportunity.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan's The Comedian costume
from the Watchmen movie 
Watchmen movie costume - The Comedian
The movie Watchmen starts when a retired superhero, The Comedian, is murdered by a shadowy assailant. When his old Watchmen teammate Rorschach investigates his death he discovers a bigger, far more sinister plot than a simple attack on ex-costumed heroes.
The Comedian Watchmen poster
Through the course of the movie we also learn that it's hard to feel that sympathetic about the death of The Comedian as he's done some fairly unsavoury things in his past (assassinations of Presidents, shooting pregnant women, the attempted rape of the original Silk Spectre) and it makes you question who are the heroes and who are the villains.

The Comedian aka Edward Blake is played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and is shown to have been part of the original superhero team The Minutemen in the 1940's and then joined the new generation of crime-fighters, the Watchmen.

Watchmen movie costumes - The Comedian
The Comedian Watchmen film costume on display
I have to say that The Comedian costume, which I think is a faithful recreation of the outfit worn by the comic book character, looks rather odd on its bleached white, bald-headed mannequin.

Jackie Earle Haley's Rorschach costume 
from the Watchmen movie
Jackie Earle Haley's Rorschach Watchmen costume
The masked vigilante Rorschach, also known as Walter Kovacs in his civilian identity, is played by Jackie Earle Haley. Rorschach is not your conventional hero, he's a troubled sociopath whose outlook in life has been was warped by growing up on the seedier side of life with an abusive prostitute for a mother.

Watchmen movie costume - Rorschach
Close up of Rorschach Watchmen movie costume
His form of justice is often brutal and graphic in the movie. His hat and trench-coat give him a classic detective look to ground him in reality. He's a real fan favourite and he's got some of the best lines in the movie.
Rorschach Watchmen film billboard
His mask and name come from the Rorschach ink blot test that psychologists use to establish the personality characteristics and emotional state of their patients. 

Rorschach Watchmen film costume
Rorschach Watchmen movie costume
As I mentioned they had another mannequin at Sherman Oaks with the costume for the 'world's smartest man', Ozymandius. 

Matthew Goode's Ozymadius costume 
from the Watchmen movie
Ozymandius Watchmen movie costume on display
I know that the look is quite Batman-esque, but believe me, it's much improved from the original outfit in the original comic book series.

Watchmen movie costumes on display at ArcLight Sherman Oaks - 
The Comedian, Rorschach and Ozymandius
Watchmen film costumes at ArcLight Sherman Oaks
Rorschach and Ozymandius Watchmen movie costumes
Watchmen movie costumes on display
The comedian and Rorschach Watchmen film costumes

Watchmen movie props on display at ArcLight Sherman Oaks
Watchmen film props on display

In case you missed them, here is a new selection of the other Watchmen outfits on display in the foyer of the ArcLight Hollywood. For even more fantastic pictures check out my previous blog entry

Watchmen film costumes on display
Watchmen movie costume - Silk Spectre II
Watchmen movie costume Silk Spectre II
Watchmen movie costume - Nite Owl II
Nite Owl II Watchmen movie costume on display
And there you have it, a few more glimpses behind-the-scenes of a major movie blockbuster in 'Hollywood-land', just one of the advantages of living here in L.A.
Jason and Watchmen movie costumes
Until next time movie fans...

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