Robert De Niro’s Taxi Driver Picks Up Rorschach In Before Watchmen

The comparison between Robert De Niro‘s Taxi Driver character Travis Bickle and Watchmen‘s Rorschach has been made a number of times.

Many of Rorschach’s other views are similar to Bickle’s: the idea that there is a politician who can clean “all of this” up (Bickle’s Palantine equals Rorschach’s President Truman), the idea that they can clean up part of the streets themselves, Bickle’s saving a prostitute from the life is shadowed by Rorschach’s inability to do so which is thereby shadowed by his obsession with Kitty Genovese, etc.

In II.25.1-4: Rorschach’s dejected walk down 42nd St. mirrors Travis’ own stroll through a similar red light district in Taxi Driver. These panels strongly echo this scene and even the famous movie poster where De Niro’s posture and the background scenery eerily resemble these panels.

The Watchmen film created a New York straight from it.

“Zack and I talked about the best representation of the reality level of the film and decided to use Taxi Driver as the core reference,” McDowell said. “It’s the exact right period. Martin Scorsese obviously was very selective with these controlled compositions, so the film represented a very good blend of control and reality.

“We took frames from Taxi Driver, then painted them with the Watchmen colors so the end result is both period-correct, pop-culturally referential and graphic-novel layered. One of the bars on the street came directly from Taxi Driver.”

In Before Watchmen: Rorschach #3, in nineteen seventies Manhattan, they get to meet. And seem to rather approve of each other.

Does Travis Bickle actually exist as a real character in Watchmen? Or did Robert De Niro not become an actor and became a taxi driver instead? Either way, it’s all Doctor Manhattan’s fault…

Although weirdly in one panel he looks a little more like Sylvester Stallone…

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London.

Flash_logo

Director Seth Grahame-Smith Quits The Flash

bob

Wynonna And Dolls Question Bobo In A Clip From Tonight’s Wynonna Earp

A Comic Show Runs Through The Best Comics Of Free Comic Book Day 2016

mosaic0

Mosaic – It Was An Inhuman All Along…

SW-MAY-THE-FOURTH-WEB

Midtown Comics Hosts A Contest For The Star Wars Costume Exhibit In NYC

cursed-child-albus-severus

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Theater Gets An Albus Severus Statue

elizabeth moss

Elizabeth Moss To Star In Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale

d8ed2914-b9c1-4183-a4cb-c453a3d83cf4

IDW’s New Imprint Yoe Brow Releases A Deluxe Art Book

51-g3tgcXRL

DC Comics To Publish Exclusive Loot Crate Harley Quinn

shnobi

Sega’s Shinobi To Become a Feature Film