Originally Posted by neoolong
I think the ending is a big part of this thing as a whole. If you're going to change the ending, why make it in the first place?
I agree with you on principle of course. I'm just saying they may end up not necessarily "changing" the ending per se, but tweaking it in order to make it more cinematically satisfying for general audiences.
Don't get me wrong, I love the book to pieces. I don't want them to change a thing. But this whole speculation of the Nite Owl shot already implies a change. If you're willing to accept that
change, we may have to be prepared to accept some other ones as well.
And, make no mistake, having Nite Owl there with an emotional reaction is a BIG change... Because you're taking an event that in the book is seen as something that they accept as inevitable and making it into something dramatic and moving. (Not that it wasn't moving in the book... I always thought that moment when Rorschach says "DO IT!" was incredibly powerful - but it was for the reader, not the other characters in the story)
Anyway, I think this change affects the entire tone of the climax.