Comic book movies have come a long way in terms of how it depicts violence, from the days of the 1960's Batman with its animated BIFFs and POWs to the Joker's disappearing pencil trick in The Dark Knight, but are comic fans ready to see an attempted rape in their films? Well, that's the question that the creators of Watchmen will find an answer to, and according to actress Carla Gugino, who spoke to MTV's Splashpage the scene was both brutal and necessary.
"It was really brutal. It was brutal to shoot," Gugino said of the scene, in which her character, Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Spectre, is attacked by Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Comedian. Gugino continued, "That was one of the things [director] Zack [Snyder] 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. I think hopefully it will be really powerful."
To add to the discomfort, of course, is the fact that the scene is critical to the film. It directs the course of much of the development of Sally, her later consensual encounter with the Comedian, and her relationship with her daughter Laurie.
We'll find out how fans react to the scene when Watchmen hits theatres March 10, 2009. Watchmen stars Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie, Carla Gugino and Matt Frewer.