‘Watchmen’: What Makes Rorschach’s Inkblots Move?

by on March 6, 2011

in Entertainment

Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach in WatchmenWatchmen has been playing on HBO and I’ve watched the Zack Snyder directed movie a few times now.  It’s a wonderfully detailed story interjected with superhero action.  If you approach this movie with the right mindset, it’s a great movie with a rewarding slow burn of a story that gives you a developing story interspersed with backstory.

Zack Snyder did a good job keeping with the award winning Watchmen graphic novel’s intent and tone.

But here’s one thing that has had me wondering, and that’s why or how does Rorschach’s mask inkblots move?

It turns out that the fabric that Rorschach uses to make his mask came from material from a dress for a character that Dr. Manhattan had designed.  The material uses two pressure and heat-sensitive liquids that are suspended between layers of latex.  This creates the shifting  black-on-white color patterns we see on Rorschach’s face.

Cool.  Now we know.

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Set March 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

Whoa, I didn’t know that before. Didn’t read that much about the movie or Watchmen itself, so I never had a clue. I think the mask is one of the coolest thing on the movie.

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