Watchmen

Audio problem: During the battle in Adrian Veidt's lair he catches a bullet. He pulls the slug from his palm but as he drops the slug we hear the sound of a spent shell casing hitting the floor (empty brass) not the heavy lead bullet.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Silk Spectre II visits Nite Owl II at his home, the small mole on her cheek disappears only to reappear again when they leave to visit Hollis Mason (Nite Owl I). It doesn't appear to be a staple of Spectre's makeup in any way and is instead permanent, as it was present when she left Dr. Manhattan to visit Nite Owl (directly before) and on the way to visit Hollis (directly after) as well as through the rest of the film.

rebeccafay

Character mistake: While he is describing his origin, Dr. Manhattan mentions a circulatory system appearing at a military base. However, what is actually shown is a nervous system, as it depicts a brain and spinal cord.

wizard_of_gore

Revealing mistake: In the scene in the Vietnamese bar, after the Comedian shoots his ex-lover and she falls to the floor, the camera shows a quick, panned-out shot of Dr. Manhattan and the woman on the floor. The bottom of her shirt is flipped up, revealing straps of the false pregnancy stomach she was wearing.

rebeccafay

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Other mistake: During the Comedian's funeral, in a shot from above showing both grave and the casket, the grave is actually shorter than the casket. (00:33:55)

ziner

Deliberate mistake: Though the film takes place over the course of several weeks, at night there is always a full moon.

kensei

Revealing mistake: When Dr. Manhattan is interviewed on TV, his ex-girlfriend Janey makes a surprise appearance in the television studio and launches into emotional accusations. In one shot, we see both Janey shouting in the background and a live television monitor close-up of her face in the foreground. However, the TV monitor close-up shows Janey making completely different head movements than she is making in the background.

Charles Austin Miller

Continuity mistake: In "The Ultimate Cut" version of the film (and perhaps the original), Laurie and Dan have a discussion in a restaurant about the attack on Ozymandias. Outside, across the street we see people milling about. As the camera cuts between shots of both characters at the table, then close ups of Spectre, then of Night Owl, and back again, the positions of these people vary randomly, including a seated girl that appears instantly out of nowhere, then a man in a brown jacket walks over to join her, but instantly is seated next to her, then he's seen approaching and sitting down with her. (Timecode is for The Ultimate Cut). (01:41:10)

johnrosa

Revealing mistake: When Dr. Mahattan and Silk Spectre are on Mars and they are climbing upward in his gyrating clockwork structure, a shot from well above, behind and to the right of them contains some terrible CGI work of Silk Spectre walking in a completely unnatural, very mechanical way.

johnrosa

Factual error: In the scenes on Mars, two spherical moons can be seen in the background. However, in reality, the moons of Mars (Phobos & Deimos) are not spherical. Also they are so small, that they would only appear as moving dots in the night sky, not spheres like Earth's moon.

Other mistake: When Silk Spectre visits Night Owl she touches and notes the dusty aircraft under the canvas, as if it hasn't been used for a while. In fact at the start of the movie as the cops are investigating the Comedian crime scene, we see the aircraft hovering and listening in. Also, the aircraft has to go through a body of water each trip it makes, which would wash off any dust.

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Suggested correction: That wasn't Nite Owl's ship hovering near the crime scene at the beginning of the movie. It was just a fancy looking blimp. Not only is Nite Owl just a regular civilian at this point, but the movie also shows him to be having a beer with Hollis Mason at Mason's garage at roughly the same time the crime scene is being investigated. Not to mention that he doesn't even find out about the murder until he gets home later and finds Rorschach in his kitchen. He doesn't use his ship for the first time in the movie's present timeline until a few scenes after Silk Spectre is shown inspecting it.

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Continuity mistake: When Rorschach throws the basket of grease on the convict in prison, the convict covers his face with his hands in pain. In the following shot, his hands are father from his face than they were before. (01:31:45)

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Visible crew/equipment: At the beginning of the movie when the Comedian is fighting with the mysterious masked man in his apartment and the first one is launched towards the table, the director Zack Snyder is hidden behind the kitchen counter and kneeling (this mistake is revealed by Snyder himself in the DVD extras).

Character mistake: Typo in lower part of newspaper in line below "Chicago Seven Acquitted" headline. It reads "13 Injured As Thousands Protest Vedict". I assume they meant "Verdict". (00:14:45)

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Revealing mistake: When Veidt and his cat Bubastis is walking over the bodies of the scientists after he poisons them, you only see Veidt's reflection and not Bubastis' in the energy panels on the walls as he walks towards and up the stairs.

jerimiah

Continuity mistake: When Kovacs is being interviewed before being given the Rorshach test, a pill bottle is shown on the table in front of him. The front label of the bottle faces Kovacs when first seen, but a moment later, with nobody touching it, the bottle has turned 90-degrees so that the label faces left of Kovacs, toward the camera. (Timecode is for The Ultimate Cut). (01:50:50)

johnrosa

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Continuity mistake: When Dan returns home after talking to Mason, he finds Rorschach in his kitchen eating beans from a can. After he has finished eating, he throws the second can on the table where it lands next to another can. When he gets up, the two cans have moved significantly apart. (00:20:15)

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Question: I don't quite understand why Dr. Manhattan had to kill Rorschach. That is, I don't quite get why that was the only solution. Rorschach was a valuable member of the Watchmen, and in the type of world they were in (chaos, corruption, murder, etc) one would think that they would want to keep as many of themselves banded together as possible. Couldn't some sort of negotiation or compromise have been reached/agreed to by Rorschach instead of him being killed?

Answer: He has spent years as a costumed vigilante despite the fact that it was illegal. He has a very strict idea of what is right ("never compromise") and has proven himself incapable of doing otherwise. So no, there was no real chance of negotiating with him - Rorschach himself made it clear he'd have to die if they wanted his silence.

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Death was not the only choice. Doc M could easily have teleported/banished Rorschach to Mars/anywhere secluded in an oxygen bubble. He could have spared his life and just made him mute or manipulate his brain chemistry/atoms to remove the memory of what happened. The point is Doc M is all powerful and could manipulate matter at his whim; death was just a plot device creating a chance of an emotive martyrdom/sacrificial ending.

Ethically speaking, exiling him to Mars or erasing his memory of the event can be considered just as cruel as killing him, because then his agency is being taken away from him. Rorshach's malcontent with the situation poses a problem for the other heroes, and since Dr. Manhattan isn't willing to let him tell the truth of what happened, he obliges Rorschach's demand that he kill him instead.

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