Earlier today, you saw the trailer for one of the most anticipated adaptations of all time (no, not that one, this one). And it was amazing. Well, I thought so, anyway, and I'm one of the few people who said "ehh" after reading the graphic novel. Anyway, some of you bigger fans probably watched the new Watchmen trailer over and over and over again, forward and backward, in slow-motion and sped-up to compare the film with the panels in the book. But did you notice the odd lack of continuity in the sequence shown above? Unless you read MTV Movies Blog, or unless you were looking really hard for something like last year's 300 trailer surprise, there's a good chance you missed it. Fortunately, for you, I've done my best to highlight the anomaly after the jump.
Now do you see what's strange? The guy is holding a walkie talkie instead of the gun he's seen holding in the subsequent shots of the scene (for the whole thing, head to around the 1:30 mark of the trailer). According to Watchmen director Zack Snyder, the MPAA wouldn't allow the gun to feature in this shot because there's a rule against guns pointed out at the audience (in ads only). So, Snyder claims to be referencing Steven Spielberg -- I see it as a jovial attack of the filmmaker's disappointing self-censorship -- because of the 2002 re-release version of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, which substituted all guns in the movie with walkies.
I think it would be funny if Snyder just kept the joke in for the theatrical release, but unfortunately the walkie talkie will disappear when Watchmen opens March 6, 2009.