- In my opinion, the existence of life... is a highly overrated phenomenon. Just look around you. Mars gets along perfectly well without so much as a microorganism. Here, it's a constantly changing topographical map... flowing and shifting around the pole in ripples 10,000 years wide. So tell me... how would all of this be greatly improved by an oil pipeline? By a shopping mall? Miracles, by their definition, are meaningless. Only what can happen does happen.
- — Doctor Manhattan src
Doctor Jonathan "Jon" Osterman was a scientist transformed by a particle experiment gone wrong into the quantum man Doctor Manhattan. He was a government agent and a member of the Watchmen before he was framed by Ozymandias of terrible crimes against humanity he didn't commit, causing him to leave Earth for good.
Jon Osterman was born in 1929 to a Jewish watchmaker in Germany. They eventually moved to America and in 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Jon began studying to be a nuclear physicist and later went to work in New Mexico, where he met and fell in love with Janey Slater.
In 1959, Jon was caught in a chamber that removed his intrinsic field, the invisible force that holds matter together, and was atomized. He then restored himself as a glowing, blue, naked man, with a much more muscular body than before as the "perfect human form," and a number of godlike abilities, including telekinesis, teleportation, Osterman was granted the codename Doctor Manhattan and became a weapon of the United States Government, joining the Watchmen for his public front as a superhero. Manhattan won the Vietnam War for America, cheated on Janey with fellow Watchman Laurie Juspeczyk, and helped another teammate, Ozymandias, build energy reactors to provide free energy for the world.
In 1985, on the brink of nuclear war and destruction, Manhattan was accused of giving cancer to those close to him. When Laurie left him and began seeing former Watchman Dan Dreiberg, Manhattan left Earth for Mars, where he pondered humanity's reason for existence, and whether or not they were worth saving. Confused, he teleported Laurie to Mars and debated with her whether he should help save the human race from destruction. She convinced him to help, and he returned to Earth with her, but they were just too late. As they had been debating, Ozymandias activated the exploding energy reactors he helped Manhattan create, which destroyed huge portions of all of Earth's major cities. At first Manhattan fought Ozymandias, but then he revealed to Jon that this destruction, as well as the atomic residue, allowed the United States and the U.S.S.R. to ally against Manhattan, their "common enemy," and thus prevent World War III. Jon agreed to keep Ozymandias' secret, then decided to leave Earth and pursue other ventures.
Powers and Abilities
- Nigh-Omnipotence: John was caught in a radioactive particle test, which transformed him into a godlike being known as Doctor Manhattan.
- Cosmic Awareness
- Enhanced Senses
- Energy Construct Creation
- Energy Projection:
- Force Field
- Molecular Reconstruction
- Radiation Production
- Reality Alteration
- Size Alteration
- Superhuman Strength
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the film Watchmen and is an adaptation of Jonathan Osterman/Doctor Manhattan. The original character was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and first appeared in Watchmen #1.
- Doctor Manhattan is a CGI character with voice, motion capture, and facial performance provided by Billy Crudup. His muscular physique was modeled after the late model and actor Greg Plitt. A younger version of Jon Osterman was portrayed by Jaryd Heidrick. In the video game Watchmen: The End Is Nigh, Doctor Manhattan was voiced by Crispin Freeman.
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