After months of snippets of HBO’s new Watchmen series from Lost creator Damon Lindelof, the first teaser is finally here. And in classic Watchmen style, it’s teasing the end of the world. You can check it out in the post below!
The first official teaser also gives the first real idea of what the show’s plot will be. In the decades following the events of the Watchmen comic, superheroes remain outlawed. However, a faction of them, several spotting masks inspired by Rorschach, are beginning to rise up against the government.
Watchmen looks fully intent on delivering on its promise to embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel. However, it also appears ready to break new ground of its own. Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. The original story centers on a murder mystery which unfolds into a world-altering conspiracy. Ultimately, it asks where to draw the fine line between heroes and villains.
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In a letter to fans, Lindelof revealed that the series has an original story with new faces and unknown characters introduced into the universe that he intends to remix. Consequently, it’s hard to predict where the story will go.
The series is made up of an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Irons (Justice League) as an older Ozymandias, Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Louis Gossett Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake Nelson (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sara Vickers (The Crown), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Jean Smart (Fargo) as a mysterious FBI agent, and James Wolk (Zoo, Tell Me a Story).
Lindelof serves as creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the Watchmen series, with Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti also executive producing. Nicole Kassell will executive produce and direct the pilot. The series comes from Lindelof’s White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based on the DC Comics characters.
The series adaptation premieres this fall on HBO.