UK, February 11, 2009 - Ultimately, Watchmen isn't about storylines or action, it's about the charcters. What if people really dressed up and fought crime in the real world - what would they be like, how would it mess them up? In the second part of our series of features taking an in-depth look at the film adaptation of the graphic novel, we discuss this essential aspect of the film with the stars of the movies.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan - The Comedian

"Well, The Comedian was a bad kid. At 16 he becomes a superhero, I think out of the necessity to wanna knock people's heads. His credo in life was violence. He doesn't know how to interact with people on any other level than smacking them around. So it was either be a criminal or become a superhero. And otherwise he would have been in jail his whole life. This was the only thing he could do with his life other than maybe be a prisoner somewhere. He was not a good guy. He figured his only option, in my mind, was to become one of these vigilante superheroes, who clean up the docks of New York aged 16 wearing a funny costume. And that's what he did."

Patrick Wilson - Nite Owl

"He's a retired costumed avenger. His father had a lot of money, he went to school, he majored in aeronautics and zoology in Harvard. Had all this money. He's a very smart guy, now, having been retired for about eight years, and he retired very young because there was this act called the Keene Act where they outlawed costumed avengers. The movie's a hard sell to try and tell someone in a few sentences because you have to understand that this movie is in an alternative reality in New York where the US has won in Vietnam, Nixon is still in power, we have the world's superhero who is basically our own nuclear force and can pretty much destroy anything in the world, and there have been masked avengers in the fabric of society for the last 50 years. So once you get beyond that!

"Yes, I'm a downtrodden, out of shape, retired, costumed hero who doesn't know where he fits in society. And through the course of the movie, he starts trying to do good and trying to feel like a man again, both physically and emotionally. Trying to fit back in when his whole goal of being this character - this Nite Owl , fighting crime for the good of justice. Once that is gone and taken away from him, he is much like a soldier coming back from war. They bring that up in the graphic novel. I'm literally quoting Alan Moore: he's likening him to a soldier coming back from war and not feeling like a part of society. "