HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ is almost ready to be released and showrunner Damon Lindelof has started to let new details out about the series. With most of the cast being new characters and this take being set in the future, it was easy to imagine that we could consider this show at the very least a soft reboot to Alan Moore‘s iconic work.
However, that won’t be the case according to Lindelof:
“Look, [the new series] certainly fits into the “sequel” box, and definitely doesn’t fit into the “reboot” box. We treat the original 12 issues as canon. They all happened. We haven’t done any revisionist history, but we can maneuver in between the cracks and crevices and find new stories there. But for all the reasons you just articulated, we wanted to make sure our first episode felt like the beginning of a new story rather than a continuation of an old story. That’s what I think a sequel is — the continuation of an old story.”
While not many of the original characters will be appearing here, we know that at least a few major ones will be, so it is good to know that in some way this is still a follow up to the original work. How much fallout of Dr. Manhattan existing and leaving the planet, as well as Ozymandias’ scheme to unite the world, will be shown here has yet to be seen.
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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.