This series adaptation of the groundbreaking graphic novel by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins comes from Damon Lindelof, one of the brains behind Lost, creator of The Leftovers, and screenwriter of films such as Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z.
This isn’t a direct translation of the source material, as Zack Snyder delivered in his 2009 film. As HBO’s synopsis reads, this series “embraces the nostalgia” of the graphic novel “while attempting to break new ground of its own.” Indeed, there’s a very different plot here, as we follow Regina King’s cop/vigilante Angela Abraham, among others, in a vision of contemporary United States that finds superheroes and masked vigilantes outlawed.
There are some hints here and there as to some big comic connections, such as Doctor Manhattan living on Mars (at least for a bit), a dangerous group that appears to follow Rorschach’s mantra, and Jeremy Irons playing an older version of Ozymandias (aka Adrian Veidt). It also appears that Ozymandias’ plan to unite the world by staging a deadly alien invasion is underway.
Perhaps one of the bigger reveals is that Jean Smart is playing a character named Laurie Blake. This could suggest that she is actually an older Laurie Juspeczyk, who went by the hero name the Silk Spectre and was embodied by Malin Akerman in Snyder’s 2009 film. Blake, as you may remember, is the last name of Laurie’s father, The Comedian (who played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the movie).
It’s looking like a big one. Watchmen, also starring Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, and Andrew Howard, among others, will premiere on HBO in October.
Official synopsis for Watchmen:
From Damon Lindelof and set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, this drama series embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own.
The cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. Watchmen is based on the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.