Originally Posted by frazod
It was a lot unrealistic, especially coming from a guy who is shown to whack his henchmen when done with them. He must have run Henchmen R Us out completely. How could some batshit crazy, but otherwise human, villian with constantly dwindling support pull off all the precision crap required to make DK's ridiculous - say again, RIDICULOUS - story work? Talk about suspension of disbelief. Dr. Manhattan, OTOH, was able to pull stuff off because he was basically a god. Obviously some suspension is involved there, but everything he does later makes sense for the character, and nobody is sitting in the audience thinking "what the hell, he couldn't do all that shit." He could basically pull anything off.
Like I said, I don't read comics, graphic novels, whatever you call them. That certainly gave me a clean slate going into Watchmen since I knew nothing about it. However, I did have some expectations with DK (especially since I liked Batman Begins so much), and they were quite simply not met. At all. Regardless of how many gushing critics and fanboys told me they should have been.
And when it comes to acting, Ledger can't hold Jack Nicholson's jock, dead or alive.
I only recall him killing one of his own henchmen (the final bank robber in the opening scene), which was necessary for the robbery to be pulled off and for him to take all the money himself- if you remember he put the idea to start killing eachother off into their heads. He killed a bunch of the mob bosses henchmen of course, he was highly dangerous. THAT's why he was able to pull of those schemes with such precision. One of the mob bosses explained that to Batman when he tried shaking him down. He said something along the lines of "No one's gonna cross him for you. You've got rules, he doesn't." The way I see it, as a henchman, you've got two options- 1) do what you're told exactly the right way or 2) be killed.
On top of that, there weren't really any schemes that required his henchmen too much in the first place. The main one I could think of was when they tried to get Dent out of the security vehicle. Other than that, they appeared to be just for muscle.