When HBO’s new Watchmen TV present began getting chatter again in 2015, many followers of the long-lasting graphic novel, or Zak Snyder’s 2009 movie adaptation, puzzled: is that this a retread of what we’ve seen earlier than?
The Watchmen TV sequence is being produced by Warner Bros and DC Leisure, and broadcast by HBO – which is able to seemingly need the present to prop up viewer numbers earlier than the Recreation of Thrones Prequel lands in 2020. Screenwriter and producer Damon Lidelof (Misplaced, Prometheus) has created the TV sequence.
Watchmen was initially launched as a comic book mini sequence, ultimately collated collectively into the graphic novel you’ll nonetheless discover in numerous bestseller lists, in addition to Time’s 100 Greatest Books of All Time. Created by comedian guide artists Alan Moore (V for Vendetta, The Killing Joke) and Dave Gibbons (2000 AD), it’s broadly seen as one of the best argument for comics as literature, and it’s no shock to see HBO eager to riff on the story of Watchmen for the small display.
The nine-episode Watchmen TV sequence, nonetheless, will truly happen 34 years after the tip of the comedian sequence, in an alternate 2019 America that swaps out fashionable conveniences just like the web or smartphones for a tradition of masked, vigilante justice. Who wants know-how, eh?
The IMDb description is as follows: “Set in an alternate historical past the place masked vigilantes are handled as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the unique groundbreaking graphic novel of the identical title, whereas trying to interrupt new floor of its personal.”
On the floor, this seems to be to be a grounded tackle the supply materials, and may not embrace among the extra… big alien squid components of the unique comedian sequence. Then once more, it would. To seek out out what will be included, learn on for our full Watchmen TV present information beneath.
Minimize to the chase
- What’s it? The TV adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s graphic novel
- The place can I watch it? HBO (US), Channel four (UK), Foxtel (AU)
- When will it’s launched? October 2019 (seemingly October 20)
- Is it in 4K / HDR? Seemingly, however actual codecs are but to be confirmed
Watchmen TV present trailers
We obtained a short teaser trailer again in Might 2019, and a extra in-depth have a look at the Watchmen TV present’s Oklahoma setting that was within the prolonged Comedian-Con trailer in July (watch it beneath).
With what seems to be like a militia group impressed by the legacy of Rorshach (an iconic anti-hero from the Watchmen comics), and police forces taking to sporting masks as nicely, the scene is ready for lots of motion – and a few tough questions on police brutality and the means by which residents search justice. Who will watch the Watchmen? Who certainly.
Watchmen TV present launch date
There’s no official launch date for the Watchmen TV present, although it’s anticipated to land in October – which would slot in the “Fall 2019” window on the finish of the Comedian-Con trailer above. Which means the primary episode is only some weeks away, with the sequence seemingly ending its nine-episode run earlier than 2019 is out.
The Instagram fan account hbo.watchmen additionally noticed an interview with Lindelof within the journal TV Information’s Fall Preview, with what seems to be like an October 20 launch date printed within the pages, however that is but to be formally confirmed.
The place can I watch the Watchmen TV present?
The Watchmen TV sequence will likely be touchdown completely on HBO within the US, with UK viewers having the ability to watch on Channel four / the All four on-demand TV streaming service. In Australia, viewers will have the ability to entry the present by way of Foxtel.
Watchmen TV present forged and characters
Who will play the Watchmen? There’s some massive expertise lined as much as seem within the present, together with Academy Award winner Regina King (If Beale Road Might Speak), and British actor Jeremy Irons (a lot of issues, but in addition the unique voice of Scar within the 1994 The Lion King).
Different forged members embrace Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, The place Artwork Thou?), Frances Fisher (Titanic, Fargo), Hong Chau (Downsizing), and Yahya Abdul-Mateen (from the Black Mirror episode Placing Vipers).
Given the soar in time from the graphic novel’s setting, it seems to be like we’ll be getting numerous unique characters. Solely three canonical figures have been confirmed for the sequence, together with the Silk Spectre, the blue Physician Manhattan (who seems briefly within the trailer), and ‘smartest man on the earth’ Adrian Veidt (often known as Ozymandias) who’s being performed by Jeremy Irons, as seen beneath.
Watchmen favorites seen within the movie, like Night time-Owl, Rorshach, and The Comic aren’t anticipated to seem, not less than not with out some liberal modifications to the Watchmen timeline.
How is the Watchman TV present totally different to the unique comics?
Present creator Damon Lindelof cleared up some confusion in an Instagram publish, the place he clarified that the supply materials could be “remixed” quite than retread. It’s an unique story, then, and – not like the 2009 movie adaptation – one that can happen over 30 years after the occasions of the graphic novel, that means there’ll seemingly be numerous creative license to spin one thing new.
Concerning Alan Moor’e express disapproval of Watchmen being repeatedly tailored (which is barely doable given DC and Warner Bros. retaining the rights to the characters), Lindelof additionally apologizes to followers whereas laying out his private connection to the story and why he felt “compelled” to tackle the TV sequence anyway. It’s very a lot value a learn.
Within the hbo.watchmen publish that discovered the October 20 launch date, there are a selection of feedback from the interview that caught our consideration – together with Ozymandias having some surprises in retailer, and a few “bizarre” issues for outdated followers or these coming to Watchmen for the primary time. Even that “big alien squid” – one of many weirder moments from the graphic novel – will get a shout out.
These claims must be taken with a pinch of salt for now – given we do not have screengrabs of the particular journal – however the Watchmen TV present is shaping as much as be a curious addition to HBO’s programming.
So, can we anticipate greater than the 9 episodes at present coming to your screens? Within the everlasting phrases of Physician Manhattan: “Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.”