Personally, I think that playing a super-intelligent, all powerful being is a bit out of Keanu’s league. He pretty much has three modes of operation: a surprised surfer dude mode, a stoned surfer dude mode and pissed off, drunk surfer dude mode. This might have worked ok for The Matrix but since it was original work, we just have to buy into the fact that Bill of the Bill and Ted fame is humankind’s virtual messiah.
Constantine was not all that bad either, but then again I never read the comic so I can’t tell you if he really accurately portrayed the original. But John Osterman – the living god? Seems a bit of a stretch.
Then again, if you read the comic you will probably notice that Dr. Manhattan mostly just blankly stares into empty spaces – which is something Keanu can do really well. Hell, it’s one of the few acting techniques he actually excells at. Can there be a method to this madness then?
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