A new Instagram video posted by HBO’s upcoming ‘Watchmen’ TV series, inspired by the classic Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel, teases that the worst part of the comic– the part you skip over every time you reread it– ‘Tales of the Black Freighter’ will have a presence on the show.

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Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

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From Wikipedia:

In “Marooned”, a young mariner (called “The Sea Captain”) journeys to warn his hometown of the coming of The Black Freighter, after he survives the destruction of his own ship. He uses the bodies of his dead shipmates as a makeshift raft. When he finally returns home, believing it to be already under the occupation of The Black Freighter‘s crew, he kills an innocent couple and then attacks his own wife in their darkened home, mistaking her for a pirate. After realizing what he has done, he returns to the seashore, where he finds that The Black Freighter has not come to claim the town; it has come to claim him. He swims out to sea and climbs aboard the ship.

In all fairness, Moore’s original use of ‘Tales of the Black Freighter’ is pretty genius, in that the grim, supernatural pirate story mirrors the apocalyptic A-story.  But God is it a slog to read!


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Well, that isn’t the only video tease that the show’s creators have released via Instagram.  Here are a few more.

This one seriously teases Doctor Manhattan, the only actual super being in the comic.  At the end of the story, he departs presumably never to return to Earth, but… maybe plans changed.  So far, there hasn’t been any talk of Dr. Manhatta returning, but something tells me, if that happens, they will keep it under wraps until it happens.


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Reach out and touch Mars.

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And this one is simply captioned, “It’s not 1985 anymore” and reveals an alternate universe variation of the US flag.


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It’s not 1985 anymore.

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HBO has not announced a release date for ‘Watchmen’, but we know it will be sometime this year, which is great, since ‘Game of Thrones’ only has a few more episodes left of its final season, while ‘Westworld’ won’t be back until 2020.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, this drama series from executive producer Damon Lindelof 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, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers and Dylan Schombing. Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC; executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof; executive producer/pilot director, Nicole Kassell; executive producer, Tom Spezialy; executive producer/director, Stephen Williams; executive producer, Joseph Iberti.