Satan's Slut wrote:
Which raises another interesting question; we know that the Watchmen timeline is subtly different even before Dr Manhattan - is there a pivotal event somewhere in the timeline that causes it to diverge from ours? If so, what could it be....?
Is it different? I thought things started changing after
the arrival of Dr Manhattan.
What if Rorschach hadn't had a shitty childhood and upbringing?
I don't know. It's hard to say if he would have become a vigilante or not. If you think about Hollis Mason, he seemed to have a well adjusted childhood yet he still became a crime fighter (both as a cop, and costumed "adventurer"). Maybe he would have become a cop? He definitely is a product of his environment. Raised poor by an unloving mother, no father figure, exposed to sex at an early age, all of this would help build the kind of man he would become. So, lets say he had two loving parents. Well, he might have developed a more healthy view on sex. How about his world view? Maybe he would see the world in less black and white terms? But maybe growing up in such harsh circumstances helped him survive in such an often cruel and bleak world? It's possible that Rorschach might have not even had the urge to become a crime fighter. He might have become the type who would not want to get involved
what if veidt didn't catch the bullet?
Yeah, and so how would his death affect the story? I guess Dan and co would have to dispose of the body. And have to lie about it. Or would they? It would also change their stance on keeping quiet about Veidt's plan. How would Rorshach feel about this? He might see it as justice being served. But would he lie about it out of self preservation? Would he also want to keep Veidt's plan a secret? Would Rorschach still die in this scenario? Questions, questions....
Here's some more:
-What if Dr Manhattan wasn't the only one with super powers? What if they all had them? How does that impact the story, and not just in tone?
-What if Jon was Russian? I know this sounds like a stupid question but how would it change the story if he were "Dr Chernobyl?" Russia has superiority over the U.S. What do they do with it? In what way does that affect the story?