The live-action sequel to the acclaimed graphic novel
Ten years after director Zack Snyder’s noble attempt at adapting the cult graphic novel Watchmen for the big screen, HBO is preparing a follow-up TV show. The series will debut later this year, and the cable giant has just released the first trailer.
Watch it here:
The original graphic novel, published by DC Comics in 1986, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, made Time magazine’s List of the 100 Best Novels. Set in an alternative 1985, where the US won the Vietnam War and Watergate was never exposed, it deconstructs and satirises the superhero genre. Moore saw it as a self-contained story, and an antidote to what he described as “the endless soap opera of superhero comics.”
It played with the social anxieties of the time, with tensions between the US and Russia at breaking point, and was praised creatively for its structure, imagery and real-world tone. Deemed a gamechanger for the medium when it was first published, Watchmen has influenced countless comics and graphic novels in the years since.
Not much is known about the TV follow-up, and the trailer offers few clues. It is set some years later, featuring all-new characters alongside the established ones. Jeremy Irons plays Ozymandias, an antihero from the graphic novel, with Hong Chau, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr and Don Johnson in as-yet-undisclosed roles.
Actress Regina King, however, posted an image of her own character on Twitter to coincide with the trailer release, and appears to be playing a costumed vigilante:
— Regina King (@ReginaKing) May 8, 2019
An idea from Damon Lindelof, the co-creator and showrunner for Lost, who will also write and executive produce, the Watchmen TV series has been described as a “remix” of the original graphic novel. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross from the rock band Nine Inch Nails will compose the music for the show.