Dazzling New Watchmen Trailer Teases HBO’s Adaptation

Brenda Watkins
July 21, 2019

Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art's most acclaimed stories.

The trailer showcases a war between the police department and a group of Rorschach copycats - which is why we've seen officers in yellow masks.

Courtesy of Damon Lindelof, it's a slick, modern adaptation, taking a stab at reinterpreting the material and leaping forward in the future a solid ten years after Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' original book.

HBO dropped a full-length Watchmen Comic-Con trailer on Saturday (July 20). It's exactly the property that Hollywood has historically failed to adapt for the screen, and indeed the most prominent attempt to do so - Zack Snyder's big-budget adaptation - was an abject failure. Step forward Watchmen, the new series from Lost and The Leftovers mastermind Damon Lindelof.

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The trailer doesn't reveal his identity although there's speculation that it's Dr. Manhattan, back from Mars as David Bowie's hit Life On Mars is playing in the background.

Except for Irons, who plays Ozymandias / Adrian Veidt, all other Watchmen cast members are playing new characters that weren't in the original comic.

Masked vigilantes watching a movie about masked vigilantes in a show about masked vigilantes is super meta and I'm here for it. It looks like The Comedian is part of this in-universe film that Tim Blake Nelson's Looking Glass is watching. The new HBO Watchmen series looks like it will be a completely different story but should involve some of the key plot points. Television, based on characters from DC; executive producer/writer Lindelof, executive producer/director Nicole Kassell, executive producer Tom Spezialy, executive producer/director Stephen Williams and executive producer Joseph Iberti.

HBO's Watchmen will premiere in October.

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