Captain Carnage wrote:
Does Adrian at least scream or say "I DID IT!" after seeing the TVs/News reports?
No. But they are heavily playing the angle that Adrian is very upset about the innocent lives lost - a necessary evil of his plan. It would have been weird for him to do an endzone dance in that scene and have it make sense.
Wow, now THAT is a different take on Veidt all together! Reading the novel, I never seriously believed for a second that he cared one iota about the people he's killed — and the only times he shows anything resembling remorse it's for Bubastis (and to a lesser extent, his manservants).
Throughout the whole book, the only time we see him get excited is the "I DID IT" scene — a scene where he's completely overjoyed that his plan succeeded, not upset over the millions (perhaps billions in the film?) of people he just vaporized.
I'm sure in the context of the movie it'll play differently, but this newer, more "sympathetic" take on Veidt just seems weird.
The way he talked to Dr. Manhattan towards the end, about the fact that the people he killed haunted and his "Black Freighter" dream, really seem to imply that he does care about the people he killed. He doesn't regret doing it, but it definitely seemed to have an effect on him.
Eh. That's debatable. It read to me like Veidt was trying to justify his horrific action to Jon, the only being on the planet who he deemed his equal or superior. The Black Freighter dream has less to do with his guilt then it does underscoring the parallels in the story: both the marooned guy and Veidt completed a mission on the backs of dead people, and that in doing so, both are damned for their crimes.
It has nothing to do with guilt, or repentance. Like his other speeches, it's mostly for show. I think the only thing Veidt is interested in during that scene is Jon's approval and he doesn't get it, which is one of the only things that leaves him wondering.
Off topic, I know. But it underscores the difference between film-Veidt and comic-Veidt. I don't know if I can buy it if they make him sympathetic and don't keep the cold, calculating aspects of his character.