A lot of people are watching the development of ‘Watchmen’. Why? For some, it’s to see if this all-star epic stands a chance of becoming HBO’s next ‘Game of Thrones’. For others, it’s to see where this surreal series can take the story that was so famously begun and ended in the classic Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel from the ’80s, and was later adapted to mixed results in the 2009 movie, directed by Zack Snyder. Ah, but Jeremy Irons‘ character has an answer to that last inquiry:
“Nothing ever ends.”
Will the new trailer, unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, give a better idea of what to expect? Maybe. It’s still a little hard to comprehend what this world is all about, but check out the extended look below:
Following the end of the original ‘Watchmen’, this clip reveals that Doctor Manhattan retreated to Mars, and his presence there has been captured by satellite news cameras. Back on Earth, he seems to have taken on the status of a mythical being.
Jean Smart reveals that her character is FBI agent Laurie Blake, which– bar any strange twists– indicates that she is the Silk Spectre. In the original, she went by Laurie Juspeczyk, her mother’s real last name (versus “Jupiter” her stage name) because she didn’t know who her father was, but it turns out that he was The Comedian, Edward Blake. Perhaps after she learned this, she decided to go by her father’s name. The “why” will probably be explained on the show.
There are also glimpses of Nite-Owl’s airship back in action, but judging by the rotten job the pilot does, it isn’t Dan Dreiberg in the pilot’s seat. And it has already been revealed that Irons is playing Ozymandias/ Adrian Veidt.
But who is the man in the featureless silver mask? (Tim Blake Nelson?) He acts sort of like Rorschach, but Rorschach’s dead, isn’t he? “Masks” seems to be a major theme, as the police have taken to wearing yellow masks, while Rorschach has inspired a militia to rise up to carry on his work. There are even a few individuals who seem to be sporting unique costumes and masks. One guy is wearing a red suit with yellow lightning bolts. (Remember in the original, none of the characters were actual super-beings, other than Manhattan.)
We may have to wait until the show arrives in October for any real answers.
From Damon Lindelof and set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, this drama series 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, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. Watchmen is based on the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.
Check out these new images from the trailer below: