A few months back, we got a little “Tick-tock” teaser for HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series, out in October. Thanks to Comic-Con’s convergence of comic fans and general media buffs, HBO has released the first full trailer for the series, and it looks.. pretty good?
If you’ve read the comics by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons or seen the 2009 movie by Zack Snyder than you already know the story and its revisionist look at superheroes — which was a breakthrough for the ’80s, maybe not so much now? — as well as some of the characters depicted. Obviously, telling the story as a ten-episode series gives the creatives a lot more time to get into some of the more esoteric aspects of the Moore/Gibbons comics that wouldn’t fit into the 2009 feature film.
Created by Damon Lindelof (Lost), the series has an impressive all-star cast including Oscar winner Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Jeremy Irons (as Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias), Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson and more. Unfortunately, they’re still keeping some of the identities secret, like who is playing Rorschach… or the Comedian… or Dr. Manhattan. Fun!
Oh, and did we mention that the series is scored by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who won an Oscar for scoring David Fincher‘s The Social Network? Seems like an added bonus to me.
The trailer does look great — you can see it for yourself below — but we’ll have to wait until October to see if the series is able to improve on what Snyder did in his movie… and whether all of the extraneous DC Comics stuff like Before Watchmen is rolled into the story or not. Let’s face it. Alan Moore is not the easiest comic creator to adapt into other media.
Also, look for The Beat‘s coverage of the off-site Watchmen installation sometime later today.
Oh, and below is the original tweet on the Watchmen twitter that teases the direction of the series:
— Watchmen (@watchmen) July 20, 2019