Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 11:46AM
OK, so we know Iron Man now has a foursome between Tony Stark and three hotties thanks to a deleted scene, and that's something new for a comic book movie. Well how about Watchmen's attempted rape? Uh-huh, you heard me. Carla Gugino, who plays Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre in the adaptation, told MTV that filming the scene in which her character is attacked by the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was "brutal." Hooded Justice ultimately saves the day and prevents the rape, but certainly the intention is there. And director Zack Snyder wanted that intention to be very clear. “That was one of the things Zack said to me from the start: ‘I really want this to be incredibly brutal. It’s not a turn-on kind of story. It’s bad.’ It’s important that we did that," said Gugino. "I think hopefully it will be really powerful.” Showing the depth of the original graphic novel, the scene is not just there for effect and it simply can't be thrown out, according to the actress. She later has consensual sex with the Comedian, has their daughter down the line (who's also vital to the film), and the rape greatly and appropriately influences the psychology of Sally throughout the rest of her story. “It’s so informative of so many things thematically in the movie and certainly in the graphic novel," Gugino argued. And while it represents the kind of daring and maturity that sets Watchmen apart from nearly everything else in the medium of superhero comic books, I have to admit I'm a little surprised they are keeping it in the film, at least to the degree that it appears they are. The movie is going to attract its legion of fans, of course, but the buzz and the look of the film and its characters will also make it a must-see for teens. I'm just a little surprised that Warner Bros. is giving it the go ahead. Then again, whether or not it stays as-is remains to be seen, I guess. The studio could always clean it up for a theatrical run after getting the results back from test screenings, and then put the storyline back for the DVD release. I mean, look at the innocuous Iron Man "sex" scene. Nothing brutal about that one. I'm not advocating any kind of cut, but studios have been known to do strange things from time to time. We'll find out for sure how it's handled on March 6th.