Adrian Veidt has always filled “the smartest man in the room” for ‘Watchmen,’ so it has been interesting seeing him not fully in control in the new HBO series. Showrunner Damon Lindelof isn’t giving out specific spoilers as to how he has come into his current predicament but is opening up as to why he wrote the character the way we see him portrayed and who he is comparing him to. The last thing in mind you would ever think of Veidt being compared to is one of the Looney Tunes, but it appears the show’s creator did just that, but for a good reason.
According to Lindelof:
“Adrian Veidt is a character that I’m obsessed with, and I was very compelled to wonder what happens to the Smartest Man in the World after he saves it. What’s your follow up act? More importantly, how do you deal with the frustration of ‘I saved the world, but I can’t tell anybody that I saved the world.’ What situation do you put him in that it would be really interesting to watch him get himself out of, so the obvious idea that occurred to us was that he was under house arrest of some kind. We don’t know exactly how he came to be in this house or who his jailer is entirely at this point, but the idea is doing an escape story with Adrian Veidt that’s more like Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner than it was like Escape from Alcatraz, that felt too delicious to not do.”
Thinking of Veidt as Wile E. Coyote feels preposterous, but after launching one of his Mr. Phillips clones into space, it doesn’t feel quite as far-fetched. The question is, are we seeing Veidt launching one of these clones out of the atmosphere of Earth, or is he already in space? One of the few beings that could stop Veidt is Doctor Manhattan, and I wouldn’t put it past the man who saved the planet from finding a reason to venture to Mars. By the show’s end, we could very well see this Game Warden end up being Doctor Manhattan or a construct that he created to keep Veidt a prisoner.
Likely, at his own request.
Are you enjoying HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ so far? Were the Looney Tunes at all crossing your mind while watching Adrian Veidt’s exploits? Do you feel he could be on Mars, and if so, why? Share your thoughts in the comments below!