It sure seems like another major “Watchmen” character from Alan Moore’s comic will be a big presence on Damon Lindelof’s upcoming adaptation for HBO.
The network dropped the first full-length trailer Saturday morning during San Diego Comic-Con, with the three-minute video (which you can view above) revealing that Dr. Manhattan is alive and well, still spending his time on Mars… that is until the end of the trailer, when a blue hand picks up a Dr. Manhattan mask in an empty street.
The series will debut in October.
Though HBO hasn’t shared any character details, it’s been reported that Jeremy Irons will play an older version of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, though the trailer showed a newspaper headline announcing his death. It also appears that Rorschach gained a cult following after his death, and Night Owl (or at least his Owlship) is still around as well.
What we do know about HBO’s take on the famed comic series is that it will be separate from Zack Snyder’s 2009 “Watchmen” film. In May of last year, Lindelof took to Instagram to share his early ideas for his take, explaining that the HBO series won’t be an adaptation or a sequel, but a “remix.”
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. [Dave] Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed.”
Along with Irons, the show’s cast includes Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.
This is the official logline from HBO. You can watch an earlier teaser for it here.:
Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, “Watchmen” embraces the nostalgia of Alan Moore’s original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.
“Watchmen” is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.
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