A lesbian among the ranks of “Watchmen”


We’ve kept you updated on the film version of the famous comic book series Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) and set for release on March 6, 2009, with a particular eye on the depiction of the female characters in the film. Garnering most of the attention in that department have been Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre (played by Carla Gugino), and her daughter, Laurie Juspeczyk/Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman).

In your comments on our posts, some of you that are familiar with the source material for the film have speculated about whether or not the movie version will include the lesbian character, Silhouette, from the graphic novel.

Yes, Silhouette (aka Ursula Zandt), played by Apollonia Vanova (Stargate: Atlantis, Painkiller Jane), will indeed appear in the film

and the IMDB credits even list her as having a girlfriend, played by Leah Gibson (Psych, Second Sight).

That makes Silhouette a more successful lesbian than any of the ones we’ve seen in film or television in months!

While sitting in on a recent Comic-Con panel, Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons talked about the screening of some previously unseen footage from the film for fans, and how they responded to it. According to CinemaBlend.com, most of his time was spent fielding questions were about whether or not the dramatic scene in the novel involving a giant squid would be included in the film. But Gibbons did take a moment to acknowledge a lesbian scene in the film.

It’s worth noting how well the footage went over with the fans, who were especially thrilled by the opening credits, which take you through the entire history of the Minutemen and introduce you to an America full of real superheroes. Though you barely see some of the most colorful early heroes, like the Silhouette and Hooded Justice, each of them gets their little moment that only the fans may manage to notice. Plus I think the guys were particularly into the part where lesbian Silhouette strolls into Times Square at the end of World War II and kisses a lady nurse.

Glad to hear that “the guys” were enjoying the lesbian scene so much. Let’s hope that actual lesbians like it as much as the intended target audience did!

Still from Watchmen (Vanova, as Silhouette, is far left)

With news of this added incentive, will you line up on opening day to see Watchmen?