The man in the inkblot mask, raincoat, and tattered hat may seem like the most unlikely superhero out there, but this grizzled lunatic is one of the most revered characters in the comic book industry. With a fine line of extreme violence and a catalog of vocal oddities, Rorschach is the tough-as-nails central character in the Watchmen graphic novel and hit film adaptation, but with such a battered appearance, murderous personality, and unpredictable nature, which Common crawl en Is it what makes you loved by comic book and movie fans?
Perhaps Rorschach’s unpredictable nature is the key to his appeal. Aside from the ever-changing nature of his mask, along with his impossible physical properties, he has a strange, slim figure and is a million miles from the traditional superhero mold. He’s so far from being Superman or Spider-Man that he seems almost believable. Rorschach’s style of justice is brutal, immediate and fast, and it also makes him seem more real. Behind the mask is a madman, that’s for sure, but despite his unhinged brutality and the almost callous nature of his work, he’s still a hero, bringing justice to an unjust world.
Jackie Earle Hayley plays Rorschach in Zack Snyder’s massively elaborate film adaptation of the legendary Watchmen graphic novel, and it is this inspired cast that gave many fans hope that the film version would do justice to the story and character. He has the perfect Rorschach build and the perfect gestures, as well as a voice that comes as close as possible to the Rorschach idea of many people. It’s the casting of the Watchmen movie that got naysayers thinking, as Zack Snyder had chosen the right people for each character rather than big names that would satisfy studio heads.
Here’s a comic book character who gives a murderer the option to cut off his hand in order to live, after throwing a dog (head split in half) through a window at the offender. This is a man who breaks bones and intimidates and threatens. A man whose mind is so twisted and scarred that it leads a notable psychiatrist to question himself. It is the ultimate antihero comic.
So with the movie Watchmen, a new avenue of debate has been opened up for fans: is this the ultimate Rorschach? Has Snyder brought us a representation of the character as close as possible to a movie screen? While there are inevitably lines and shots that have been omitted from the finished product, it seems that the Rorschach we see on the big screen is very much the character we’ve loved for so many years on the printed page. That’s no small achievement, but as we all know, the best we’d get from Rorschach himself on that would be a short ‘Hurm.’