V for Vendetta

Question: It becomes clear that V gives his victims Scarlet Carson roses in memory of Valerie, but how does Delia work out that the murderer is V from the roses? Surely she didn't know that Valerie had written to V mentioning them. Also, are we ever told what V was originally imprisoned for?

Chosen answer: Nothing is ever revealed about V's history before Larkhill so we don't know why he was there. As for the roses, in the original comic book, in order to keep him compliant during his time in captivity, V was allowed to tend a small garden while his health was monitored. It was during that time that he first grew the Scarlet Carson roses and also surreptitiously obtained the chemicals that he would use to destroy Larkhill and make his escape. Whether this can be considered consistent with the film storyline is an open question - certainly nothing in the film actively appears to contradict it.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: What exactly are V's (for lack of a better word) "superpowers"? Also, can V see?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: Yes, V can see. As a result of the experiments performed upon him, V has increased strength, stamina, reflexes and speed. All of these could be considered to be at least at the maximum possible level for a human and possibly slightly in excess of that. His mental capacity has also been enhanced to genius level or above.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Was any explanation ever given for why V's signature flower was changed to the Scarlet Carson for the movie when in the graphic novel it's the Violet Carson (keeping in tone with his obsession with the letter V)? It doesn't seem to serve any plot significance so I'm rather puzzled why they felt a modification was necessary.

Chosen answer: The Violet Carson is an uncommon rose, and the requirement to frequently require a rose in a state of perfect bloom meant that production crew were required to purchase hundreds of roses during the course of production. As such, they chose to go with a more common rose, the Grand Prix, which they renamed to the fictional Scarlet Carson to tie the name in to the original. There's also the point that the Violet Carson is named after a real person, a British actress who passed away in 1983. Her family might well not appreciate having her name prominently associated with a serial killer anti-hero in a major Hollywood movie.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I must've missed it during the movie - how exactly does V kill the people from the facility? I'm pretty sure it has something to do with poison, but I didn't quite get it. Also, I'm not sure if it's tied-in, but what is the whitish-orange stuff left on the floor next to most of the victims' heads?

Chosen answer: He poisons them, and they throw up.

Matt Lynch

Question: Why is Gordon equated so often with V? They each have secret chambers full of art, they make the same eggs and some scenes are similarly structured. Are we supposed to think Gordon is V for a while?

Chosen answer: No. It may be for no other reason than to set up the joke Gordon makes about being V. Or it could, more likely, be to make it seem less like V is alone in his views on society.

Phixius Premium member

Question: For the comic rather than the movie, but hopefully someone will know! At the end, who's the young man Evey brings to the Shadow Gallery? Is it just a random person?

Adriana M. Morado

Chosen answer: The person that Evey brings to The Shadow Gallery is Inspector Finch's partner Dominic.

Question: In Gordon's ''secret room'', why is there a Union Jack-flag with a swastika in the middle? Does Gordon sympathise with Nazis or was there something behind it? It seemed a little odd to me, since a Neo-Nazi wouldn't enjoy reading the Quran and, more importantly, be gay.

Chosen answer: The item in question is intended to be a protest poster - it's an artistic piece protesting the similarity between the totalitarian government taking power in the UK and Nazi Germany, a comparison that Gordon likely feels is not unjustified. A poster of that nature would likely be banned immediately; as such, Gordon has every reason to want to keep one as a symbol, but obviously keep it well concealed.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Why isn't V killed by the virus administered to him at Larkhill?

Blibbetyblip

Chosen answer: He has a natural immunity to it.

Phixius Premium member

Answer: He was tested on but not with a virus. They achieved what they intended and that was to crate a blank slate super soldier! To quote the movie "the subject remembered nothing of who he was". But he remembered the torture that got him there and had the biography to inspire his hatred. The virus was created from Vs blood because of his reactions to the virus.

Question: V has no real name, right?

Chosen answer: None given in the film. It is mentioned in a flash back that he does not remember his name.

Phixius Premium member

Question: How exactly is the preparation of the breakfast with the egg and the toast?

Chosen answer: Take a slice of bread. Using a drinking glass, cut a hole out of it by pressing the opening of the glass down. Butter both sides, then put the "frame" slice in the pan (you can discard the cut-out piece of bread), then crack an egg in it. Cook to taste.

Sereenie

Question: I've got a question about the very end of the movie - since I have yet to read the graphic novel. Big Ben starts chiming midnight, and *then* Evey releases the cars in the tube to blow up Parliament. So, when Parliament is blown up, the calendar has changed. Is it then the 6th, or is it the 5th? It seems to me that if November 5th is the key date, then Parliament is destroyed on the 5th, but only seconds into. Just as the blowing up of the Old Bailey happens just seconds into the 5th of the prior year.

Chosen answer: At the stroke of midnight, the date changed over to November 5th.

MasterOfAll

Question: In the last scene where all the people pull their masks off, we see Stephen Fry and the woman from the cell and the little glasses girl, all of whom were supposed to be dead. How did they come back? It's not Evey imagining them, because she's not seeing them, she's in a different place.

Chosen answer: You don't have to be in a specific place to imagine that somebody else could be there. V did what he did for freedom and for the victims of the regime that he hated. It's entirely appropriate that Evey should imagine those victims standing among those who chose to rise up against the government.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: When Evey is captured after they take Gordon, you can briefly see the eyes of who is assumed to be one of Creedy's men. Since V is the one who took her, is it possible that for that brief moment we saw what V looks like under the mask?

Iris Cervantes

Chosen answer: Since V said he got to her before the others did after freeing Evey from his fake prison, yes, we have to assume we were looking at V.

Question: At the TV station, how does the gun type apparatus V uses to seal the doors work? I've watched it several times and all I can garner is it pierces the door in some manner, then floods it with a type of liquid that I guess locks them in place.

Chosen answer: Correct. It pierces the door and fills it with some type of fast setting/expanding substance, possibly foam, plastic or even a concrete-like substance, this then solidifies and jams the lock in place requiring the blow-torches we see later to open the doors.

Sanguis

Question: I didn't completely understand when V asks for Evey's help and says he needs someone with theatrical abilities. Then it shows the scene where Evey comes in as the woman for the priest. When she is warning him about V, is she acting or is she really trying to get help from him? I figured it was real because she didn't go back to V, she went to Gordon's house.

Chosen answer: The "acting ability" V needed was to convince the priest that she was there "for" him. The confession and warning were real and not planned by V. That's why he abducts her later, so she'll lose her fear and won't be tempted to do something like that again.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Why did Finch get upset when Creedy brought up his mom being a prisoner at some facility?

Answer: It is implied that Finch's mother (and, indeed, his whole family) was actually killed during the Norsefire Party's genocidal rise to power several years earlier. Although both Creedy and Finch are now members of the Norsefire Party, Creedy suspects that Finch may still harbor a grudge against the Party and is, therefore, untrustworthy. In this scene, Creedy is needling Finch about his mother's death, attempting to provoke an angry response. Creedy is testing Finch's loyalty.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: How exactly, in the context of the film, did Dietrich manage to have Sutler appear on his show? Obviously John Hurt is playing the part and I get that it's not supposed to be the real Sutler, because Sutler was devoid of humor and would never agree to appear on the show, but did Dietrich just luck out by finding someone that looked and sounded exactly like Sutler?

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: Sketch comedy shows do this all the time, and I'm sure even in the film's world, there are comedians who specialize in impressions. It wouldn't be impossible to find someone who looks and sounds like Sutler, or at least close enough that they can do so with a bit of make-up and rehearsal.

Question: Has anybody been able to work out where V's hideout is, since there are only a few clues given within the film such as the colour of the stone, the fact it is underground, and the domed roof (when Evie walks in the rain) and is modern enough to have an elevator to take her there. I've always thought it would be under Victoria station but cannot find the matching dome in the area.

Chosen answer: In the graphic novel, V's hideout is, indeed, revealed to be Victoria Station, but if you are referring to the film, the building in question sits next to the Bank Underground Station, at the corner of Lombard and Cornhill.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: How old is V in the movie and in the comic? is that V's real face in the comic or just Evey's imagination?

Chosen answer: V is probably in his early to mid thirties, it is never mentioned, nor is his face ever seen.

MasterOfAll

Question: Many times in the film 'England' as a country is mentioned, but not Scotland or Wales. Does the comic answer any questions as to what has happened to the 'British' unity of England, Scotland and Wales in this time? (E.g. are they all separate countries, or are the simply never mentioned?).

Chosen answer: Volume 2 of V for vendetta describes the fictional occupation of Aberdeen by English soldiers. A television broadcast in the background of chapter 3 describes the fight against the terrorist organization the S.N.A, presumably the Scottish Nationalist Army, which uses guerrilla tactics similar to the real life IRA in Northern Ireland. Due to the Norsefire party's frequent use of propaganda, the exact strength or nature of this movement is difficult to predict, but it seems certain that they pose some opposition to Norsefire England's attempts to forcibly reunite Great Britain.

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