Apparently HBO is creating a Watchmen series, and if all goes well, this show will be one that’s sure to be gritty, exposed and provide a more intense look at the flawed Minutemen.
Originally written by the always moody, yet genius mind of Alan Moore, Watchmen had it’s day in the sun back in 2009 with the film adaptation directed by Zack Snyder; love him or hate him, the man makes visually beautiful films.
Many criticized the film adaptation for being too similar to the graphic novel, as it was argued to be way too long. So transforming this into an HBO series is definitely a smart move as it will allow the story to explore the darker and more violent themes Watchmen encompasses. However, HBO has announced that this Watchmen isn’t a direct adaptation of the graphic novel, nor even a direct sequel. Instead this is looking to be an original story set in the same universe in modern times.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. The entire point of Watchmen was to question what happens when a god-like character in Dr. Manhattan is introduced during the war. As they said, “Superman exists and he’s American”. So how will this translate in the modern world? Especially with Manhattan gone? Will it be all about social media and the internet? And how that influences these costume vigilantes? How have the actions from the graphic novel shaped this new and modern world? I’m not sure how I feel about the change, but I do like that they’re doing something to differentiate themselves from the film.
So, which characters can we expect to see? Most likely, the ones that survived the events from the original story.
First up we have Jeremy Irons taking on the role of the smartest man alive, Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias. I love this casting choice. He’s the perfect villain to work in the shadows and do what needs to be done for the greater good. And since we’ve seen him last, he’s had years to prepare for what’s to come next.
The Rorschach from the Watchmen film was perfectly cast, so anyone taking up the mantel has big shoes to fill. And while we know it won’t be the deliciously complex Walter Kovacs as Rorschach, it seems like someone else feels his work needs to be carried on. Perhaps someone that read his journal after it was published?
What I’m most interested in is if his mask is simply sprayed on, or, if it’ll change like in the film. And will this Rorschach be just as damaged as the original? What darkness will he bring to the role?
New Masks – Yellow Masked Police
In the biggest change from the original content are the masked cops. Vigilantes are not only accepted, but they seem to be praised. Police are seen wearing bright yellow masks covering their faces. Social media captions have been released with the new series, with some familiar captions such as “Who watches the Watchmen?” and some unique like “Masks save lives”. Are the cops working with these new vigilantes?
Unfortunately, there seems to be no sign of Silk Spectre and Nite Owl. Seems like they walked off into the sunset and have hung up the capes once more, making space for new mask heroes such as the faceless Cowboy Hat alongside the Gold and Red Mask. Are the good, are they evil? Seems like the Cowboy is working with the cops, but we really don’t know what that means.
This show seems to truly focus on those costumes with hidden identities. It’s all about the mask with this show. So far, the only one unmasked is Ozymandias, but he’s the one with the biggest secret to hide, his part in the destruction of New York City (if we’re going by the events from the graphic novel).
All in all, this is a show that’s holding my attention. I can’t wait to see what they do with the material, and am going to tune in every week. And while I may be the only person in the world that loved Snyder’s Watchmen, I’m looking forward to see what HBO does.
Check out the trailer below!
What do you think of HBO’s Watchmen? Are you excited? And don’t forget to check out more Watchmen news here