Watchmen Podcast Season 0 – Episode 3: Silk Spectre and Nite Owl

Your favorite hosts are back with another episode of Watchmen Podcast! CarolynWendy Vanessa, and Toni break down “the middle men” of the original Watchmen series, Laurie Juspeczyk aka Silk Spectre II and Daniel Dreiberg aka Nite Owl II; both second-generation heroes that are caught in the middle of machinations beyond their skillset. With Agent Laurie Blake set to arrive in HBO’s “Watchmen”,  we explore the backgrounds of each character, how they came to be, their history, their actions and what drives them or lack thereof.

(Source: DC Universe, Watchmen Motion Comic)

“Wouldn’t it be nice if I had an entire line, a universe, a continuity, a world full of super-heroes—preferably from some line that has been discontinued and no longer publishing—whom I could then just treat in a different way. You have to remember this was very soon after I’d done some similar stuff, if you like, with Marvelman, where I’d used a pre-existing character, and applied a grimmer, perhaps more realistic kind of world view to that character and the milieu he existed in.” –Alan Moore

Detailed breakdown:

  • Nite Owl inspired by Blue Beetle / Silk Spectre inspired by Black Canary (and Hedy Lamarr)
  • History of the first Blue Beetles and the modern Blue Beetles, Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes
  • Vigilantism vs policing with masks
  • Generational heroes, passing on a legacy of heroism
  • Dinah Drake and Dinah Laurel Lance, the Black Canaries vs Sally Jupiter and Laurie Juspeczyk, the Silk Spectres
  •  Using female sexuality as a weapon
  • Sally’s brand of female empowerment vs Laurie’s brand of feminism
(Source: DC Universe, Watchmen Motion Comic)

“Since we weren’t doing the Charlton characters anymore, there was no reason why I should stick with Nightshade, I could take a different sort of super-heroine, something a bit like the Phantom Lady, the Black Canary, generally my favorite sort of costume heroines anyway. The Silk Spectre, in that she’s the girl of the group, sort of was the equivalent of Nightshade, but really, there’s not much connection beyond that.” – Alan Moore

LOGLINE: Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN, from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”; HBO’s “The Leftovers”) embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Nicole Kassell directs the pilot from a script written by Lindelof.

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