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Zack Snyder, director of the film adaptation of Alan Moore (a.k.a., The Original Writer) and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, has reportedly met with HBO to discuss adapting the graphic novel again, this time as a television series.
The report from Collider was unable to obtain further details about the exact nature of the would-be series, including whether it would be a prequel or sequel to the original series, or simply a new imagining of the source material.
As noted in the report, HBO can be hard to predict. The studio entertains a lot of ideas without committing to projects, so meetings may not necessarily mean this project will ever see the light of day. However, with Game of Thrones inching closer to its final season, HBO must be on the lookout for its “next big thing.”
If they choose to go the prequel route, DC Entertainment has produced plenty of material to work with in the form of the multiple Before Watchmen miniseries that were published in 2012. Darwyn Cooke’s Minutemen series, in particular, seems like a good fit for adaptation, at least partly because it did the best job of justifying its own existence.
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Damon Lindelof is Developing HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ TV Adaptation




Who watches the watchmen? Looks like the answer might be Damon Lindelof. The co-creator of shows like Lost and The Leftovers is reportedly staying in the HBO fold and is currently in talks to develop a TV adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ groundbreaking superhero comic book series for the premium cable channel.

Variety brings the news, saying that Lindelof’s attempt to bring the 1985 comic to the small screen will be a totally fresh start that has nothing to do with the time HBO tried to breathe life into a TV show version of the story back in 2015.
Watchmen, of course, is a comic based on original characters inspired by old Charlton Comics characters, and takes place in an alternate history in which costumed superheroes align themselves with the government and the appearance of an all-powerful god-like figure named Dr. Manhattan allowed the U.S. to win the Vietnam War. It’s a dark, seedy story that plays out like a murder mystery; when one of the heroes is found dead, many of the older heroes come out of retirement to attempt to discover what happened to him.
The comic was already adapted into a polarizing movie by director Zack Snyder back in 2009, when the superhero movie craze was just hitting its stride. That film, which is extremely faithful to the comic book source material (some might argue a little too faithful) earned a mixed reception from fans and critics, but considering the seemingly never-ending supply of superhero cinema that’s come after it, I’d argue that the film may have been slightly ahead of its time. The reason Moore and Gibbons’ comic works so well is that it deconstructs years of superhero mythology and imagery that had been established through decades of comics. There were a decent amount of superhero movies by the time 2009 rolled around, but for Watchmen film audiences to truly experience a similar impact to what Watchmen comic readers must have felt, it may have been better for the movie to come out a little bit later.
Lindelof, who’s looking for a new project in the wake of The Leftovers‘ well-received series finale, seems like an inspired choice to revive Watchmen. He’s clearly a guy who appreciates deep mythology in his shows, and crucially, he’s also not gun shy when it comes to the darkness and sadness that practically drips off of the comics’ pages. Do you think he’s a good fit to bring this story to life?
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With HBO officially developing a Watchmen TV series, the artist of the original graphic novel has high hopes that showrunner Damon Lindelof can top Zack Snyder’s cinematic version of his work.
Adapting the work of Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore for live-action once again, The Leftovers and Lost co-creator will bring the lives of The Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, and Nite Owl back with a splash of color. Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, HBO’s Watchmen will turn all twelve issues of 1986’s acclaimed work into a miniseries. Although Snyder was once attached to the small screen Watchmen project, he dropped out and was replaced by Lindelof – but the big question is, have we learned from the movie’s mistakes?
It isn’t just fans of comic books that are looking to the future of the franchise. Speaking to Screen Rant at San Diego Comic-Con, Dave Gibbons told us how the new era of his and Moore’s work could outshine its predecessor:
“Yeah. I mean, I think whenever Alan and I in the past had talked about movies and TV, in a way the TV form with an episodic story, which Watchmen very much was. It was a graphic novel. It was a monthly story. I think that works very well.”



He went on to say that even the graphic novel was originally supposed to be much shorter, before Moore grew into the epic saga that we have come to love. With this in mind, Watchmen sounds perfect as a miniseries for a channel like HBO:
“I’ll tell you something interesting and even Zack Snyder didn’t notice until right at the end of us doing publicity and everything for it, when we were first commissioned to do the comic book series, we thought, Alan thought that it was going to be a six issue series and then they said to him, “No. It’s got to be 12 issues.” And he was like, “Oh, shit.” So he had to come up with another six issues worth of material, which is why it’s got the shape that it has which, if you look at it, it’s got an issue of action, an issue of character, an issue of action, and that is really what gives it its character. That its done like that and that we did have space to stretch and obviously something like a TV species would give you space to expand and explore that you haven’t got with a movie, so we always thought it would work better as a TV series than a movie.”














We then quizzed the artist on what he knew about the new series and whether he could be involved in some way:
“Only what I’ve read on the internet and I don’t know anything about it. There is always things about Watchmen and because of its history, the slightest movement or the slightest comment, but I know as much as the next person.”
Screen Rant: So you don’t have any involvement with it?
“Well, the thing with Watchmen is that DC has been very courteous to me and are always giving me the opportunity to be involved. There are certain things that I am happy to be involved with and certain things that I haven’t been happy to be involved with and I haven’t had any particular involvement with it. As far as the movie was concerned, I was happy to have as much input as they would give me. Although by the time of the movie, Alan Moore had long since left the building and I suspect if there is any further dramatizations, I am sure it will be something I will be consulted about and if it was done in the same way as the movie, I would be quite on board. I mean, you have to talk hypotheticals at the moment.”
Watchmen was previously brought to our screens in Snyder’s blockbuster from 2009. Criticized for sticking too close to the novel and a lack of backstory for the characters, it seems that cramming all twelve issues into a two-hour feature just doesn’t do the source material justice. Given that the graphic novel is lauded as one of the best in its genre, you can’t blame us for having high hopes for the TV adaptation. Spread out over a series of weeks, and with HBO’s notoriously high production values, Watchmen could be one of the big televisual events of the 21st Century.
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WATCHMEN TV Series Gets An Official Pilot Order At HBO As Network Orders Additional Scripts

Last night, Damon Lindelof shared an image which seemed to confirm that pre-production was underway on the planned Watchmen TV series, and now we have official word that HBO has put in a pilot order...





Though this was all-but confirmed last night when showrunner Damon Lindelof shared an image from the writers' room, it's now been made official: HBO has given a formal pilot green light to a new Watchmen TV series.

Deadline broke the news this evening, while adding that the network has also backup scripts for the project.

No other details were provided, but per an earlier report we do know that this show will be completely separate to Zack Snyder's (who was actually involved with the series at one point) 2009 feature, which in turn means it'll most likely take quite a few liberties with Alan Moore's iconic source material.

Is there a chance it could take influence from the recent Before Watchmen comic series, perhaps?
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Damon Lindelof On Why He Feels WATCHMEN Needs To Be Brought To The Small Screen

With the Superhero genre dominating our screens, Damon Lindelof, former Showrunner of LOST, offers his reasons for wanting to adapt Alan Moore's classic deconstruction of masked vigilantes for television.




During a discussion with The Good Place's Mike Schur at Vulture Fest LA on Saturday, Lindelof revealed his motivations for bringing the revered graphic novel to cable television.

"Watchmen - it was dangerous," said Lindelof. "And you can’t be dangerous for dangerous’ sake, but the reason that I’m doing this is these are dangerous times, and we need dangerous shows.” A valid point given the almost daily barrage of bad news these days.

He goes on to talk about the superhero genre and the real world threats in our current culture by saying, “What we think about superheroes is wrong. I love the Marvel movies and we saw Justice League this morning and I’m all for Wonder Woman and Batman and I grew up on these characters, but we should not trust people who put on masks and say that they are looking out for us. If you hide your face, you are up to no good.”

In addition, Lindelof had this to say about Alan Moore, who famously looks down upon any attempts to adapt his work.

“the greatest writer in the history of comics, maybe one of the greatest writers of all time – and he most certainly doesn’t want us to be doing this and we’re trying to find a way to do it that honors him … That comic was written in the mid-80s. It is more timely now, in 2018, 2019, whenever the show airs, if it airs, that it needs to be told. For a superhero junkie, I’ve never done a superhero movie or a superhero TV show, and now is the time.’

Personally, I like what I'm hearing and I'm looking forward to seeing his take on the characters. I'm intrigued when he says that he wants to make a dangerous show. His statement on distrusting masked protectors hints that his take on characters like The Comedian and Rorschach will reveal the complexity of "good guys" who wrestle with major internal issues. After all, who watches the watchmen? The fact that this will air on HBO makes me even happier. The creative freedom coupled with the sublime source material is likely to result in an excellent television show. If he pulls it off, DC should consider putting more of their mature comics on HBO as well. The Vertigo line has many outstanding books that would be perfect for this.

We know that Lindelof has been hard at work on a pilot episode for a little over a month. It is yet to be revealed how closely to the comic his take will be. Zack Snyder's take, barring a few notable alterations, was as faithful as possible. We will know in the months to come whether any creative liberties will be taken in adapting the material.

Watchmen will air on HBO at a date yet to be determined. What are your thoughts on Lindelof taking on the comic book property?
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New ‘Watchmen’ TV Show Details Revealed By Damon Lindelof




Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons iconic superhero comic Watchmen is currently in the process of being developed as an HBO series. Lost and The LeftoversDamon Lindelof has been working behind-the-scenes on the series for over a month now. Lindelof recently spoke about the project, and gave his reasoning behind the new Watchman TV show adaptation.

Zack Snyder turned the highly influential comic series Watchmen into a big screen extravaganza in 2009, with mixed results. While Snyder stuck obsessively to the source material (except for the ending), the film wasn’t entirely successful with fans or at the box office. Now Lindelof will try to adapt Watchmen, this time for TV. HBO ordered a Watchmen TV pilot back in September, and Lindelof has been tasked with bringing it to life. Lindelof recently spoke at Vulture Vest (via IndieWire) about the project and explained why he thinks a new Watchmen adaptation is important.
Lindelof says that when he first read Moore’s graphic novel, it felt “dangerous”, and that feeling played a big part in his decision to tackle the material:
“The reason I’m doing this is because these are dangerous times and we need dangerous shows. What we think about superheroes is wrong.”
Lindelof went on to say that people should be naturally suspicious of superheroes: “I’m all for Wonder Woman and Batman. I grew up on these characters. I love these characters. But we should not trust people who put on masks and say they are looking out for us. If you hide your face you are up to no good.”
In the past, Lindelof has also expressed his thoughts on Snyder’s film adaptation, saying that he thought the Batman v Superman director did the best he could within the confines of the medium of film:
“I think it’s a very complicated question. You almost can’t judge the movie purely as a movie because of its relation to the fact that it is an adaptation of the graphic novel. That being said I think that Zack Snyder made the best possible movie adaptation considering the fact that he was really out to not revise things, the fans really wanted a literal adaptation. That’s exactly what he delivered. He delivered that with an incredible amount of grace and skill. But I think that, for those of us who basically said “How do you do Watchmen in a two and a half hour movie?” He has now answered: “This is how”. You just have to kind of leave it at that. Over time, I think history will basically tell whether the movie was brilliant or less than, but all I can say is how incredibly impressed I personally watching what Zack had accomplished.”
Lindelof is talented, and I’m curious to see what his take on Watchmen will be like, but I also can’t help but worry that it sounds like he wants to take superheroes back to the dark and gritty world they’ve been trying to claw their way out of for the last few years. Watchmen‘s take on dark and dangerous heroes felt unique and trend-setting at the time, but since then, we’ve had a wealth of superhero films and shows that give us dark, angry, violent characters. Only recently have heroes begun to seem hopeful again, and hope is something we could all use a lot more of these days. To backslide into the grim/dark territory doesn’t sound too promising. Time will tell how Lindelof’s Watchmen TV show turns out.
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HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ TV Series Taps ‘The Leftovers’ Director Nicole Kassell For Pilot




Who directs the Watchmen? The answer, for the pilot of HBO’s new Watchmen TV series adaptation at least, is The Leftovers director Nicole Kassell.
The director of two Leftovers episode will be reteaming with showrunner Damon Lindelof to helm the pilot of his high-profile adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal graphic novel.

Kassell has been tapped by HBO to direct the pilot, which she will executive produce alongside Lindelof, according to Deadline. Lindelof will write the pilot.
Kassell was responsible for two critically acclaimed episodes of The Leftovers – season 2’s “No Room at the Inn” and season 3’s “It’s A Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World” – and has worked on Vinyl, Westworld, The Americans, and Better Call Saul. She made her feature film directorial debut in 2004 with the brutal and disturbing The Woodsman, which starred Kevin Bacon in a creepy, critically lauded performance.
Her resume makes Kassell seem like the perfect fit for Watchmen, a comic book series released in the 1980s which took a sadistic, satirical approach to superheroes, upending the perception that audiences had of the genre. Originally published in 12 issues between 1986 and 1987, Watchmen followed a sprawling story about washed-up superheroes struggling with their place in an increasingly harsh society, and the death of one of their own. It was a revolutionary series replete with surreal flashbacks, current politics, and social commentary whose influence is still being felt today.
HBO’s Watchmen series comes almost 10 years after Zack Snyder’s 2009 feature film, an exceptionally faithful and stylish but bloated adaptation that opened to mixed reception. Lindelof has previously commented on Snyder’s adaptation, saying that he thought the director did the best he could within a two-hour window:
“I think that Zack Snyder made the best possible movie adaptation considering the fact that he was really out to not revise things, the fans really wanted a literal adaptation. That’s exactly what he delivered. He delivered that with an incredible amount of grace and skill. But I think that, for those of us who basically said ‘How do you do Watchmen in a two and a half hour movie?’ He has now answered: ‘This is how.’ You just have to kind of leave it at that. Over time, I think history will basically tell whether the movie was brilliant or less than, but all I can say is how incredibly impressed I personally watching what Zack had accomplished.”
No cast has yet been announced for Lindelof’s adaptation. The project, which hails from Lindelof’s White Rabbit production company in association with Warner Bros. Television, has received an order for backup scripts.
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Adapting Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ bold and brilliant Watchmen is a fool’s errand. And Damon Lindelof, who is spearheading a television version of the iconic comic for HBO, knows this.
In a new letter, the divisive writer and producer has revealed that his take on the material will not be a direct adaptation of the comic. Nor will it be a direct sequel, even though it will take place in the same world.
And you know what? Good.
The Lindelof Letter

The five-page letter Damon Lindelof posted to his Instagram feels like a dozen different things at once. An apology for making a Watchmen TV series. An excuse for making a Watchmen TV series. A defense of making a Watchmen TV series. An extended stylistic homage to Watchmen itself, borrowing the language and structure of Doctor Manhattan, the god-like superhero from the original comic who experiences all moments in time at once.
In any case, it’s pure Lindelof: ambitious, heart-on-his-sleeve, soul-on-the-floor, raw and honest stuff. This is definitely the guy who helped run Lost for six seasons and then returned to television with the beautiful, terrifying, and brilliant HBO series The Leftovers.
Towards the ends of the letter (which you can read in its entirely below), Lindelof begins to explain his vision for what a Watchmen TV series even looks like. And it’s not an actual adaptation. In this show, the events of Watchmen happened. Those who died, died. Those who fell in love, fell in love. Those who left this universe behind, left this universe behind. This is canon. But it’s not the show he plans to make:
We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will however be remixed. Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.
So, does that mean the show will be a sequel? Kind of? Sort of? Not really. HBO’s Watchmen will be set in the same universe as the comic, but decades have passed. The alternate 1985 has grown into an alternate modern day. And while it certainly sounds like it’s possible for the original cast of characters to show up, they will not be the focus of the show. In fact, Lindelof makes it clear that the original comics’ political bent and cultural commentary will be front-and-center:
This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table…which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable–are playing for different stakes entirely.
Considering that the original Watchmen was Moore and Gibbons’ way of using superhero archetypes to explore the comic book medium and pick apart the politics and hypocrisies and terrors of the mid-80s, this feels right. This feels smart. This feels like it could be the Watchmen adaptation we need.
This is the Right Approach

Let’s get this out of the way: I like Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation. It is a beautifully made thing, a bold experiment in translating a comic rather than adapting it. It’s the kind of movie I put into my Blu-ray player and just absorb. Its aesthetics are perfect and its choices often bold.
It’s also a total mess that doesn’t really feel like the comic to which it is so slavishly adhering.
I’m reminded of how Terry Gilliam struggled and failed to adapt the comic in the early ’90s (Robin Williams as Rorschach, anyone?), eventually calling the project un-filmable. And while Snyder proved him wrong in a literal sense of the word, Gilliam’s reaction to the finished film reflects the very reasons he abandoned his version:
“I always felt it was not the best way to treat it because trying to squeeze it into 2.5 hours is an unlikely thing. I think we wrote an interesting version of it, but I think it needed more time to really work. I thought Zack’s film worked well, but it suffered from the very problem that I was happy to avoid by not making the film.”
Sure, you can tell the plot of Watchmen in under three hours (Snyder’s film runs 162 minutes), but it’s missing the texture of the comic. It’s missing the politics. It’s missing the patience. When you read a comic, an artist and a writer work in tandem to control the specific pacing of a scene, slowing you down and speeding you up depending on what the moment requires. By necessity, the film version is on fast-forward – it has to keep moving or it dies. The careful pacing of the source material is the first thing to go in Snyder’s film.
This makes for an entertaining and propulsive film, but it also makes for one that reads like a Cliff’s Notes version of the material. It’s an accurate beat-by-beat recreation of the plot, but it’s missing the bruised and angry soul that powers Moore and Gibbons’ work. It plays the notes, but not the music.
And honestly, I think Snyder did the best he could. I’m not convinced he fully understands some of Moore and Gibbons’ choices (he seems to emphasize with Rorschach and his rotten outlook more than they ever did), but damn it, he made the story happen in under three hours. That’s something! But the Watchmen movie stands as a better example of why you shouldn’t try to make Watchmen than a definitive adaptation.
So enter Damon Lindelof. Enter HBO. Enter Peak TV. In Lindelof, you have an artist bold and honest and self-deprecating enough to understand what a folly this is and to zig instead of zag. In HBO, you have a fearless network who has built its reputation on twisted dramas that aren’t afraid to get difficult. In Peak TV, you have audiences hungry for someone fresh, something that will leave them dizzy.
That’s one hell of a combination. And while I will argue with you all day about Lindelof’s work (Lost‘s ending stinks, but the series is still a masterpiece; The Leftovers is the best show you never got around to watching), this take feels right. It’s recognizing that Watchmen is something special because its world was special, an uncomfortable, all too real and unreal world where our greatest dreams, worst nightmares, most noble ambitions, and darkest desires are all possible.
Lindelof wants to know what happened next. And you know what? I do too.
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Dear Fans of Watchmen,
Hello there. My name is Damon Lindelof and I am a writer. I am also the unscrupulous bastard currently defiling something that you love.
But that’s not all that I am.
I am a twelve-year old boy being handed the first two issues by my father. “You’re not ready for this,” he growls with a glint of mischief in his eye. My parents have recently divorced and he has gone rogue, so there I am in my bed, flashlight beam illuminating pages, watching the Comedian fall again and again and again. The old man was wrong. I am ready for this. Because this was written just for me. I am thirty-eight. A man offers me the opportunity to adapt Watchmen for television. The filmed adaptation came out less than a year ago, but that doesn’t matter. I tell him I am not interested and that perhaps he should let sleeping dogs lie with hopes they will eventually be run over by a car tire, bursting their stomachs. He does not get the reference.
I am watching my father haggle with a man in a wheelchair. I am fifteen years old and we are at a comic book convention in New York City, long before attending a comic book convention was something anyone wanting to ever have sex with another person would admit to. I definitely want to have sex with another person. My father finally harangues the merchant down to thirty dollars for a guaranteed authentic screenplay of Watchmen, soon to be a major motion picture! Now, he reads aloud from the script as “The Watchmen” battle terrorists at The Statue of Liberty. Something is wrong. The old man’s brow furrows, scanning the text in a mixture of disappointment and rage, a child who has just been told that Santa didn’t bring him presents this year, then robbed the house and beat up his parents. “What the fuck is this?” my father mutters. It is the first time he swears in front of me.
Another man offers me the opportunity to adapt Watchmen for television. I am forty now. I tell him someone else asked me to do this a year ago and I declined. He inquires as to why I said no. I tell him that Alan Moore has been consistently explicit in stating that Watchmen was written for a very specific medium and that medium is comics, comics that would be ruined should they be translated into moving images. The Another Man pauses for a moment, then responds – “Who’s Alan Moore?”
I am twenty-three and living in Los Angeles. My father flies out from New Jersey for my birthday and gives me a present, a new edition of the “graphic novel” that is Watchmen. He explains to me that this is the publisher’s way of retaining the rights to the characters. He tells me that Dan and Adrian and Jon and Walter and Laurie are all serfs, working the land for a Feudal Lord that will never grant them freedom. My father is more than a little drunk.. More so, he is a hypocrite for buying me the new edition. “I know, I know…” he says, that same mischievous glint from years ago obscured by now thicker lenses, “But it’s so goddamned good.”
Yet Another Man offers me the opportunity to adapt Watchmen for television. “Just a pilot,” he says, “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.” I am forty-three now and I am thinking about something I read about Orthodox Judaism. While most religions are cultivated by evangelizing and conversion, Orthodox Judaism doesn’t solicit. If someone from another faith wishes to become an Orthodox Jew, they are rejected. If they are stubborn enough to ask again, they are denied even more harshly. But should they have the audacity to ask a third time? The door cracks open. And if they’re willing to invest an immense amount of time and effort and sacrifice and faith, they are embraced into the fold. Why am I thinking about this? I have said no to Watchmen twice now. This makes me Orthodox Judaism. I crack the door. And now I’m a hypocrite too.
I am standing over my father’s hospital bed. I am twenty-nine, the last age at which I will consider myself “young.” The breathing tube was removed two hours ago and they said he wouldn’t last longer than fifteen minutes. It’s a cliché. I’m living a trope. He is unconscious and unable to impart final wisdom nor tell me he was proud all along, even though he never said it out loud. There is no beeping machine showing his weakening heartrate. My father is beyond machines. I hold his cool hand and try not to pray to God because he detested the very idea of God so instead I pray to his gods. I pray to Cthulhu. I pray to 42, the Eternal Cosmic Number. I pray to Dr. Manhattan, far away in a galaxy less complicated than this one. The television is on and the Lakers win the championship. My father never cared about basketball. He didn’t even know the rules. When he dies, I finally understand that I don’t know the rules either. No one does.
I am forty-five and I am writing a letter to the fans. The fans of Watchmen. It’s unnecessarily wordy and an exercise in oversharing, but nothing gets people on your side more than telling them about the moment your father died. Sharing such intimate details with strangers feels needy and pathetic and exploitative and yucky and necessary and freeing. I am also looking for an elegant way to escape from this device of quantum observance, a device appropriated from Mr. Moore so that I can speak to those fans from the bottom of my cold, thieving heart. Perhaps I could switch from referring to them in the third person and shift into the second, thus bringing them closer to the first?
Would that be amenable to you?
First and foremost, if you are angry that I’m working on Watchmen, I am sorry. You may be thinking I can’t be that sorry or I wouldn’t be doing it. I concede the point, but I hope it doesn’t invalidate the apology, which I offer with sincerity and respect.
Respect. That’s second and twicemost. I have an immense amount of respect for Alan Moore. He is an extraordinary talent of mythic proportion. I wrote him a letter, parts of which are not dissimilar to this one, because I owed him an explanation as to why I’m defying his wishes and to humbly ask him not to place a curse on me because he knows magic and apparently, he can do that. His response, or whether he responded at all, is between he and I. Suffice to say, even before I sent it, Mr. Moore had made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t want anyone to “adapt” his work. To do so is hubris. Worse yet, it’s unethical.
There are a million ways to rationalize unethical behavior – I could argue that Mr. Moore’s partner, the brilliant artist, Dave Gibbons, is equally entitled to authorize access to his masterwork and that he has been kind enough to offer us his blessing to do so. Or I could offer that Mr. Moore cut his veined teeth on the creations of others; Batman, Superman, Captain Britain, Marvelman (he’ll never be “Miracleman” to me), Swamp Thing and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, not to mention The Charlton characters upon whom his Watchmen characters are based… So am I not allowed to do the same?
No. I am not. I am not allowed. And yet…
I am compelled.
I am compelled despite the inevitable pushback and hatred I will understandably receive for taking on this particular project. This ire will be maximally painful because of its source. That source being you.
The true fans.
I once said that if one were a true fan of something, they weren’t allowed to hate it. A prominent writer took me to task for such heresy, arguing that just because one was the creator of a show, this did not permit them to pick and choose who was and wasn’t a fan of it.
The writer went on to win a Pulitzer for television criticism. I went on to get snubbed by the Razzies for Prometheus.
As such, I concede this point, too. After all, even the most fervent lifelong fan of, oh, let’s say the New York Jets, is allowed to shout at the top of his lungs, “YOU SUCK OH MY GOD YOU SUUUUUUUUUCKIII II” and do so while wearing a replica Namath Jersey he purchased for an ungodly sum of money that may or may not have constituted his entire first paycheck on Nash Bridges. But the point.
The point is, you love Watchmen. That gives you the right to hate it, too. Because no matter what… You’re still true fans. But to quote the immortal P.W. Herman…
“I know you are… But what am IT’ What am I? I’m a true fan, too. And I’m not the only one.
What I love most about television is that the finished product is a result not of singular vision, but the collective experience of many brilliant minds. I have the pleasure of sitting in a Writers Room each and every day that is as diverse and combative as any I’ve ever been a part of. In that room, Hetero White Men like myself are in the minority and as Watchmen is (incorrectly) assumed to be solely our domain, understanding its potential through the perspectives of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community has been as eye-opening as it has been exhilarating. We’ve committed to doing the same in front of and behind the camera. And every single person involved with this show absolutely adores Watchmen. But in the spirit of complete honesty, we also sorta want to… uh…
Disrupt it?
Except I hate that word because now it’s not disruptive anymore. And how can I present as punk rock when I’m now cozy in bed, spooning with Warner Brothers, HBO and DC? Truth be told, everyone there, particularly Geoff Johns (who is as true fan as it gets) has been extraordinarily supportive. Sure, it’s fun to kick around the comic corporate overlords for exploiting writers and artists, but we all know what happened to Jack Kirby and we’re still first in line for every Marvel film. So… how do we answer the challenge of when it is appropriate to appropriate?
Which brings us to the most important part. Maybe the only part that really matters. Our creative intentions.
We have no desire to “adapt” the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.
They will, however be remixed. Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along, it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.
To be clear. Watchmen is canon.
Just the way Mr. Moore wrote it, the way Mr. Gibbons drew it and the way the brilliant John Higgins colored it.
But we are not making a “sequel” either. This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary.
The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev… ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of The World is off the table (THE LEFTOVERS! NOW STREAMING ON HBO GO!) which means the heroes and villains — as if the two are distinguishable — are playing for different stakes entirely. The tone will be fresh and nasty and electric and absurd. Many describe Watchmen as “dark,” but I’ve always loved its humor -worshipping at the altar of the genre whilst simultaneously trolling it. As such…
Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising, yet familiar set of eyes… and it is here where we’ll be taking our greatest risks. Risk is imperative. I need the feeling in my stomach before I leap from a great height without knowing the depth of the water below. If my body should shatter upon impact, at least it was in pursuit of glory. And let’s be honest… Isn’t there a small part of you that wants to see me explode like a fleshy watermelon?
But hopefully, there’s also a part that wants to experience something sort of amazing. As for what I want? I want your validation. I also want not to want it. I’ve given up the opioid highs of Twitter, but continue to score my methadone in the threads of Reddit and the hot takes of morning-after recappers. I’ll be reading and watching and listening to what you have to say because even though I wish I didn’t…
I deeply care about what you think. Which brings us, Thank God, to the end of the missive. Endings. I’m GREAT at them. A wise, blue man once said that nothing ever ends.
But maybe he wasn’t wise. Maybe he was just scared and alone and sad that he would outlive everything and everyone he ever loved. So I hope this isn’t the last time we correspond, fellow fans… after all, it’s just a pilot and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. But maybe… if everything works out the way I hope it does… and if you’re willing to give me a chance, it’s not the end at all…
It’s the beginning? With Respectful Hubris,
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HBO's WATCHMEN Pilot Cast Six Actors For Lead Roles But Are They Playing The Core Team Of Heroes?


Less than 24 hours after comments from Damon Lindelof shed some light on what we should expect from HBO's take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, six actors have landed lead roles in the series.


The cast of Watchmen is starting to come together as six actors have been cast in Damon Lindelof's HBO pilot today. Those are Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard, with King described as the actual lead of the planned series. Unfortunately, specific details on who they'll all be playing having actually been revealed right now.

However, it's hard to ignore the fact that the core Watchmen team was made up of six characters -Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Nite-Owl, Rorschach, Silk Spectre, and The Comedian. Recent comments from Lindelof have pointed to the show being set in the same world but with new characters in the present.

Some took his comments to mean that he'll reimagine the heroes listed above in a different setting but we simply don't know at this stage. With any luck, though, more details will start popping up soon.

King's credits include The Leftovers and The Strain. Johnson has shown up in cop shows like Miami Vice and Nash Bridges, Nelson is known for everything from The Incredible Hulk to Lincoln, while Gossett's career has spanned sixty years and he won an Oscar for his work in An Officer and a Gentleman. Clemens has popped up in Rectify and Parade’s End and Howard will be known to fanboys after starring in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's a pretty impressive ensemble!

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HBO’s Watchmen Is Perfectly Timed To Take Aim At Hollywood’s Superhero Stories





As more and more news regarding HBO’s upcoming adaptation (or “remix,” as showrunner Damon Lindelof puts it) of Watchmen continue to surface, fans have greeted the news with piqued interest and often a dash of trepidation. The original twelve-issue limited series (not graphic novel; Watchmen was on a monthly-ish release schedule from DC Comics) is often considered one of the comic book medium’s sacred cows, and with good reason.
Writer by Alan Moore with art by David Gibbons and John Higgins, Watchmen was (and still is) seen as a masterwork. The series tackled tough realizations when it comes to applying superheroes to a real world aesthetic, while also grappling with some tough melodrama that challenged the reader’s own morality.

The Big Idea
In short, Watchmen asked impossibly big questions, and the answers to them were not easy. What makes the series truly brilliant is that it’s satire of the fifty years of comics that proceeded it, causing Watchmen to work on two levels: One is for the uninitiated, the non-comic reader who just likes heady stories. The other is for readers who have a working knowledge of the tropes and iconography of superhero comics. It’s on this second level where Watchmen truly transcends the medium by turning it up on its ear.
Now, superhero deconstruction stories were nothing new when the first issue of Watchmen was released in the September of 1986. In fact, Moore already had a dry run at this with his reimagining of Miracleman (nee Marvelman), and Frank Miller had just tossed Batman out on the highway from a speeding Mack truck with The Dark Knight Returns earlier that same year. (1986 was a good time for DC Comics, you guys.) But what set Watchmen aside from its predecessors and contemporaries was the prism through which it was presented.

There was a laser focus with the construction of Watchmen. Everything, from the limited color palette to the six by six panel layout, was rolled out with deliberate precision. Each page of every issue was built on invoking a sense of nostalgia from readers who were familiar with the medium, while feeling completely alienated by the political, social and theological subject matter that pushed its way to the surface. Watchmen was speaking a familiar language, but with words never heard before.
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WATCHMEN: The First Set Photos From The HBO Series Have Surfaced Featuring Don Johnson As [SPOILER]

The first photos from the set of HBO's Watchmen have surfaced featuring Don Johnson's mystery character but what do they reveal about the still very mysterious series? Hit the jump to take a look...




Filming has commenced on HBO's new Watchmen TV series and we're now starting to get our first look at the show's impressive cast of characters. As you can see by heading on over to Hollywood Pipeline (we can't share the photos here as they're copyrighted), Don Johnson has been spotted suited up as a police sergeant surrounded by officers whose faces are covered by yellow masks of some sort.

So, who is he playing? Well, it's hard to say but the site has described what they saw as follows: "Don Johnson appears to head some form of parapolice organization in an alternative universe city of Tulsa." This lines up with reports that the series will focus on cops in Oklahoma as opposed to the comic's original characters, something which is bound to disappoint fans of Alan Moore's epic.

It is, however, worth noting that Hollis Mason was a cop in the 1930s so perhaps Johnson is playing the original Nite-Owl, a member of the Minutemen who later passed on the mantle to Daniel Dreiberg. That seems like a stretch, though, and it seems far more likely that we're getting a sequel which reveals what became of this world after Dr. Manhattan left (wait, isn't that called Doomsday Clock?).
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Watchmen Set Photos Reveal New Details About HBO’s Series




Set photos from the upcoming HBO series Watchmen reveal some intriguing details about the adaptation of Alan Moore's popular graphic novel. Though the photos don't include any heroes (or antiheroes), there is plenty for fans to chew on.
Published in the late 1980s by DC Comics, Watchmen is as much a superhero story as it is a gritty, unrelenting satire of the entire superhero genre. In an alternate timeline of American history, Watchmen imagines a world where super-powered beings played a role in rewriting history, only to be forced into retirement when the government deems their abilities illegal. In the upcoming HBO series, writer/creator Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) revealed that he won't be directly adapting the original comic series, and will instead create a sort of "remixed" version of the story, which will star Jamel Chambers, Regina King, Adelaide Clemens, and Time Blake Nelson. Now, some behind-the-scenes photos have surfaced revealing some interesting details about the upcoming series.

Related: Recasting Watchmen For HBO's New Series
Courtesy of Birth.Movies.Death., production in Macon, Georgia reveals a redressed downtown area that is meant to represent Tulsa, Oklahoma. In one photo, a bus stop is dressed with a poster that is adverting a fictional television show within the show called "American Hero Story:

Minutemen." Not only is this an obvious nod to FX's American Horror Story series, but a reference to a band of heroes within the Watchmen universe. The Minutemen were superheroes that predated the Watchmen by a few decades, and this ad might hint at a show-within-a-show that details their dramatic history. Another behind-the-scenes photo reveals some new storefronts for the show, including a clothing store called "Millennium," a bakery called "Milk & Hanoi Bakery," and another store called "Treasure Island." There is also a red, white, and blue-colored cab, as well as a gastropub called "Pale Horse."



While the upcoming series is riddled with secrecy (which is no surprise, considering Lindelof's involvement), another behind-the-scenes photo has surfaced recently - namely one of Don Johnson as a police officer. Though it's unclear which character he will be playing (not to mention what characters any of the cast will be playing), it's opened the door for plenty of speculation.

Though the concept of not directly adapting the comics has proven to be slightly divisive among fans, Watchmen appears to be in good hands with Lindelof. Risks aren't guaranteed successes in movies and television, but in the hands of someone who has been a loyal fan of the series since he was a young boy, this Watchmen Remix could prove to be an entertaining love letter to Moore and Dave Gibbons series.

Pssst: Wanna See Some Exclusive Photos From The Set of HBO’s WATCHMEN?

The WATCHMEN televisual universe: it's just like ours!
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Filming on HBO's Watchmen pilot is officially underway in Macon, Georgia, where the city's downtown area has apparently been extensively redressed to stand in for (checks notes) Tulsa, Oklahoma. Late last night, we received an email from a friendly BMD reader who managed to take a stroll through that set, snapping some photos along the way.
Let's see what we can see.

A few weeks ago we learned that Watchmen would be something of an update of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal comic series, with showrunner Damon Lindelof calling the series a "remix" of the original source material. Lindelof didn't nail down the exact time period in which Watchmen would take place, but indicated that it might not take place in the mid-'80s.
That said, the string of shops seen here - a clothing store called "Millenium", the "Milk & Hanoi Bakery" and what we're guessing is a comic store by the name of "Treasure Island" - all look like they'd fit right into that decade; even the font used on these signs looks ripped straight from Gibbons' panels.
Are the scenes being shot here for a flashback sequence? Or could it be that, in this reality, downtown Tulsa simply hasn't been given an overhaul in several decades? We have no idea, but seeing those signs is pretty intriguing (we're particularly fond of Treasure Island).

Meanwhile, this is apparently a look at one of the cabs that will be glimpsed on the mean streets of Tulsa. As you can see, the traditional Yellow Cab design has been replaced by something a bit more patriotic: the Red White & Blue Cab Company. Truly, this is a cab fit for The Comedian (note: we have no idea if The Comedian will even appear in this version of Watchmen).

This photo's our favorite: a bus stop ad for a TV series called American Hero Story: Minutemen (at least, we're guessing it's a TV show: check out that note down at the bottom: "Tuesdays, This June"), which is obviously a riff on Ryan Murphy and FX's long-running American Horror Story series. Maybe, in this version of the Watchmen universe, they've got an entire anthology series dedicated to dramatizing the exploits of the various caped crusaders who've come and gone over the years.
Also interesting: that map on the right, which confirms that Macon, GA has been redressed as Tulsa (this report, from a local Macon TV news station, seems to believe the area's been overhauled to stand in for Brooklyn, which is the faux name the Watchmen pilot's been shooting under; we're not so sure we agree with their police work there, Lou).

And, finally, there's this shot: a look at a gastropub by the name of "Pale Horse". Once again, the logo treatment looks as if it was lifted directly from one of Gibbons' pages (we're also sure the apocalyptic name "Pale Horse" has not been chosen at random). We would 100% have some drinks inside this joint.
What do you folks think? Got any theories? Spot anything we missed? Hit the comments below to let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on HBO's Watchmen as it becomes available. We're super curious to find out where all of this is gonna lead.
(PS: Thanks so much to the BMD reader who sent these in! You rule, sir.)
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Wait, So What Is the Watchmen TV Show Actually About?



HBO and Lost’s Damon Lindelof are making a Watchmen TV show, but it’s going to be very different from Alan Moore’s iconic comic. Quite what the show - which is currently in the pilot stage - is has been the subject of much discussion, but from cryptic clues and set photos we can get an idea of what's going on.

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen remains one of the most iconic and influential comics in the history of the medium. For years, some of the world's top directors tried to take on the lofty task of adapting it for the big screen:

20th Century Fox acquired the film rights way back in 1986; Terry Gilliam was attached to the project in 1991 but he and producer Joel Silver were only able to raise a quarter of the budget; a decade later, David Hayter took over and produced a screenplay that Alan Moore himself said was the closest he could imagine anyone getting to a true adaptation of the comic, but he left due to creative differences; Darren Aronofsky flirted with the project, as did Paul Greengrass, but it took Zack Snyder to bring the film to fruition. 2009's Watchmen was warmly received but as with any adaptation this ambitious, things were left out. Terry Gilliam believed the only way the comic could be adapted properly was by a mini-series. Clearly, HBO agree, and so last year, a TV series was announced.



Rumors swirled and fan casting went into overdrive with the news that Damon Lindelof of Lost and The Leftovers would be the showrunner for HBO's take on Watchmen. But this isn't that show Gilliam attempted nor a bid to redo Snyder. This is something completely different.

THE WATCHMEN TV SHOW ISN'T AN ADAPTATION OR A SEQUEL


In an Instagram post, Lindelof shared some background on his relationship with Watchmen as well as some brief details on what shape his version would take, saying that it won't be an adaptation of the comic. The wording he used was certainly confusing: "they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed." The accepted understanding from this is that Lindelof's Watchmen will be inspired by the continuity of the comic books, but it won't be depicting those events in the series itself.

It also seems likely that the project will not be adapted from either the prequel comics Before Watchmen or the official sequel, Doomsday Clock. Whether either of these projects will be official canon in the TV show remains to be seen; neither of these was written with the involvement of Alan Moore, who has done everything in his power to distance himself from adaptations of his own work, so may be dismissed because of that. Including Doomsday Clock in the series would probably be beyond HBO’s reach given how it connects the characters with the rest of the DC multiverse.

THE WATCHMEN TV SHOW WON'T FEATURE THE CLASSIC HEROES


Lindelof's has also teased that there will be "new faces. New masks to cover them", but that the series will also explore the past, through "surprising, yet familiar sets of eyes."
of the post is cryptic and deliberately avoids giving away specific details (fitting of one of the key brains behind Lost).

Still, the vague platitudes he shares suggest a show that will primarily be new in content and character but still familiarly Watchmen. The note about "surprising, yet familiar sets of eyes" hints at the possible inclusion of characters we know from the comics. As for who, that's unclear, but those eyes are likely coming from an outside presence.

Recently, set photos of the Watchmen pilot have provided a lot of information and confirmed long-whispered details. While the series' working title is reportedly Brooklyn, the downtown Macon, Georgia area has been redressed to stand in for Tulsa, Oklahoma. It had already been hinted that the series would not take place in the 1980s, per the comics, and the set images seem to confirm that; one image shows a poster for a TV series titled American Hero Story:

Minutemen, a cheeky riff on Ryan Murphy's anthologies, suggesting that this alternate universe has begun to dramatize the stories of its most famous heroes (the Minutemen was the name of both generations of superhero groups in the comics). That detail is important as it also suggests we're somewhat removed from masked heroes.


Recently, set photos of the Watchmen pilot have provided a lot of information and confirmed long-whispered details. While the series' working title is reportedly Brooklyn, the downtown Macon, Georgia area has been redressed to stand in for Tulsa, Oklahoma. It had already been hinted that the series would not take place in the 1980s, per the comics, and the set images seem to confirm that; one image shows a poster for a TV series titled American Hero Story:

Minutemen, a cheeky riff on Ryan Murphy's anthologies, suggesting that this alternate universe has begun to dramatize the stories of its most famous heroes (the Minutemen was the name of both generations of superhero groups in the comics). That detail is important as it also suggests we're somewhat removed from masked heroes.



WILL THE WATCHMEN TV SHOW BE ABOUT EVERYDAY PEOPLE?

Moving the setting outside of New York, which is almost as much a character in Watchmen as the heroes themselves, is a contentious one, but presents new storytelling opportunities. Superhero stories don't tend to take place outside the major coastal cities, fictional or otherwise, so this could be a unique vision for an iconic story. Character details revealed the ensemble, which seems to mostly be a group of Oklahoma cops.

In the comics, it is told that many police officers went on strike because they feared their jobs would be put at risk due to the influx of heroes taking over all the crime-fighting work, something that directly led to the Keene Act of the same year, outlawing vigilantism by costumed adventurers except for those in the employment of the United States Government. Could the series be more focused on the normal citizens of America and how their lives are impacted by the rise and fall of the vigilantes - and later the threat of Ozymandias' plan? That would certainly be a new angle, both for Watchmen and the superhero adaptation.

At whatever point in the continuity this story takes place in, it would work to see a narrative centered on the regular people who are either influenced by the heroes of the day or politically opposed to them. The historical, cultural and political backdrop that the comics create is richly detailed but remained mostly unexplored in the Snyder film, mostly due to lack of time. Any mini-series adaptation would give such elements room to breathe and offer an expansive alternate universe piece of speculative fiction.

WILL THE WATCHMEN TV SHOW EVEN FOCUS ON MASKED HEROES?



In a world of heroes, where do the masks come in? Chiming with Lindelof's words, if we're dealing with a modern-day story that treats Watchmen as some form of canon, a lot of the key characters are gone: the Comedian and Rorschach are dead, Doctor Manhattan has left the Solar System, and Adrian Veidt, Nite Owl and Silk Spectre will be considerably older and likely retired. That said, there's a lot more to the Watchmen mythos than the Minutemen, with a rich pantheon of masked crimefighters existing throughout the 20th century, mostly teased in extra materials written by Moore.

This opens up a lot of potential avenues: what’s it like being a masked crime-fighter in Atlanta or Helena or Austin or Tulsa? How do cultural perceptions of heroes shift when you move south of the Mason-Dixon line? What happens when masked vigilantes clash with the civil rights or LGBTQ+ rights movements of the 1960s and ‘70s? How does it change when technology becomes more advanced? And, if this is following-up the comic, how does a purported alien invasion alter the world makeup? However, that would still hit timeline barriers - by the 1980s, few heroes were left, and the status quo Watchmen left the world not in the need for supers - which points towards a proper down-to-Earth show.

Of course, there is always the possibility that the character descriptions of Oklahoma cops are totally fake, existing just for audition purposes or to keep fans speculating away from the truth. That's doubly true given we're dealing with a series this high-profile; HBO will want to retain the ability to surprise audiences, especially as it's still in the pilot stage.
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HBO and Lindelof have a rare opportunity to take one of the comic book world’s most beloved properties, enshrined in near untouchable glory and influence, and build upon its legacy in a new, daring manner. For fans of Watchmen, it is certainly something of a disappointment that we won’t see the comics fully adapted in a format that best suits it, but the opportunity to be truly surprised by the story is one we simply can’t turn down.
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WATCHMEN Set Photos Reveal The Fate Of One Of Alan Moore's Original Characters - SPOILERS

Some more behind-the-scenes photos from the set of HBO's Watchmen TV series have found their way online, and this time we finally get some details on one of the original team-members. Major SPOILERS ahead.




We've seen quite a few photos from the set of HBO's Watchmen at this point, but these latest ones finally provide some info on a character fans of Alan Moore's seminal graphic novel will be very familiar with.

A /Film reader send the site over several images, and they are all very interesting indeed. In addition to revealing the fate of one of the original members of The Minutemen, they confirm that the real circumstances of the "alien invasion" of earth never actually came to light.

Check out the pics below, but be warned, there will be major SPOILERS.

To view all of the photos at once, simply click on the VIEW LIST (ONE PAGE) button below!

New Red White 'n Blue



This first photo gives us a close-up look at the flag symbol on one of the taxi cabs that were spotted last week, and as you can see, this is a very different interpretation of Old Glory, with the stars and stripes rearranged in a very specific manner.

Of course, there have been many versions of the flag over the years, but what event could have prompted this particular change in the Watchmen universe?
Squid Shelters



There are several different photos of these alien shelter signs dotted around the city, which obviously suggest that the true details of Ozymandias' fake squid ruse never came to light and people still live in fear of another attack.

We'll just have to wait to find out why the information contained in Rorschach's journal never reached the public.

R.I.P. Ozymandias



And speaking of The King of Kings, it seems Adrian Veidt will have passed on just as the story gets underway.

Ozymandias dying could have major plot repercussions. In fact, the entire show could well revolve around the details of his fake alien invasion being revealed to the world in the aftermath of his death.

That's just pure speculation on our part, so be sure to let us know what you think all of this means in the comments section.
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Jeremy Irons to Star in HBO's 'Watchmen'


According to a new report, one DC Comics veteran is headed to the world of Watchmen.

Jeremy Irons has been tapped for a lead role in HBO's Watchmen television series, according to Deadline. While details on his character are somewhat slim, the report says he will play "an aging and imperious lord of a British Manor".

Irons is best known to comic book fans for his role as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, as well as his roles in The Lion King and Dead Ringers.

In addition to Irons, the cast of Watchmen will include Don Johnson, Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. While no details about their roles have officially been announced, it's safe to assume that more details will come about as production rolls along.

The series is reportedly largely set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and appears to follow characters who were not established in the Watchmen comics. As previous set photos have hinted, the plot of the original Watchmen will serve as a sort of jumping off point for the television series.

“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” executive producer Damon Lindelof wrote in a recent social media post. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted."

"They will, however, be remixed." Lindelof continued. "Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica.”

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HBO's 'Watchmen' Series Adds 'Sleepy Hollow's Tom Milson in Lead Role





After spending four years as Ichabod Crane in the fan-favorite mystery series Sleepy Hollow, Tom Milson is returning to television. This time, the actor is trading in horror for comic books, taking on the lead role in HBO and Damon Lindelof's upcoming Watchmen series.

According to a new report from TVLine, Milson has been cast in a starring role in the Watchmen pilot. This announcement comes on the heels of Justice League star Jeremy Irons' casting on the series earlier this week.

In addition to Milson, Frances Fisher (Titanic) and Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous) are also joining the pilot, which is currently in production.

The series ensemble also includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard.

At this point, no details regarding any of the characters have been released, and there is a certain level of secrecy surrounding the project. Lindelof, who wrote the script for the pilot and will executive produce the series, made a long public statement about how he's going to treat the beloved source material from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Instead of making a direct adaptation, like Zack Snyder did with his film in 2009, Lindelof's series will essentially be set in the same universe as Watchmen, but won't tell the same story or follow the same characters.

Watchmen is set in an alternate history where heroes and vigilantes are treated more like criminals. Lindelof has said that his take is a "remix" of the original story.


Nicole Kassell will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer for the series, as will Tom Spezialy and Joseph Iberti. White Rabbit is producing Watchmen in association with Warner Bros. Television.
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WATCHMEN Adds AQUAMAN Actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II And THE CROWN Actress Sara Vickers





The cast of HBO's small-screen take on Alan Moore's Watchmen continues to grow, and the latest additions are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who we'll soon see as Black Manta in Aquaman, & Sara Vickers (The Crown).


Damon Lindelof’s HBO Watchmen series has been shooting for a while at this stage, but the casting announcement keep on coming.

The latest additions are British actress Sara Vickers (Endeavor, The Crown) and none other than Black Manta himself, Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

As has been the case with every bit of casting news up until now, the characters they'll be playing are being kept under wraps - but you might be able to match some of these recent breakdowns to the stars of the show.

Abdul-Mateen II and Vickers join the likes of Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr. and Adelaide Clemens. Lindelof with executive produce along with Nicole Kassell, who is directing the pilot.
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HBO's 'Watchmen': Jeremey Irons Character Possibly Revealed

Early this week it was reported that Jeremy Irons is heading to HBO's Watchmen in a starring role and now a new report may have revealed what that role is.



According to That Hashtag Show, Irons will be playing a character referred to as the "Blond Man" and a breakdown of the character has a description that sounds an awful lot like an older version of Adrian Veidt, better known as Ozymandias. Deadline previously reported that Irons is set to play an "aging and imperious lord of a British manor" while That Hashtag Show notes a breakdown for the character describing him as "highly intelligent and won't let you forget it. Think William Hurt with slight Asperger's. He's used to being obeyed and always correct. Arrogant, erudite and patrician. Physically fit, he's never missed a workout in his life."


This description is very similar to that of Ozymandias in the original Watchmen comics. While the character is of German heritage and not British, he is highly intelligent, blond, and extremely physically fit -- part of his story is that, as a young man, he trained himself to achieve peak physical condition and even became a world-class gymnast.


It's also worth noting that using hair color to describe a character without giving away their identity before their debut is something that DC has done before. Colin Salmon, who plays the infamous General Dru-Zod on Syfy's Krypton, told ComicBook.com that when he auditioned for the role the character was simply called "The Dark-Haired Man". In comics, dark hair is one of Zod's defining characteristics.


If Irons is playing Ozymandias, it will be interesting to see what role the character has in the overall series. Reportedly largely set in Tulsa, Oklahoma and appearing to follow characters who were not established in the Watchmen comics, set photos have hinted that the plot of the original Watchmen will serve as a sort of jumping off point for the television series.


"We have no desire to 'adapt' the twelve issues Mr. Moore, and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago," executive producer Damon Lindelof wrote in a recent social media post. "Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced no rebooted."
"They will, however, be remixed," Lindelof continued. "Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we'd be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love.



Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica."
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Watchmen Ordered to Series at HBO; Premieres in 2019





HBO officially picks up Watchmen for a full series order and it'll premiere next year. With the popularity of comic book based properties at an all-time high, every media outlet is trying to get involved. Disney's got the MCU, Warner Bros. is developing multiple DC related projects, and Sony is looking to get a Spider-Verse going. On the small screen, Netflix, Hulu, and more have become involved, but one of television's most popular channels, HBO, has yet to get involved. That is, until they ordered a pilot for a Watchmen TV series from Damon Lindelof.

The series has already filmed the pilot, leaving the future up to whether or not HBO would move forward with an entire series order. Alan Moore's graphic novel is highly regarded as one of the best ever made, but Lindelof is going in a different direction. While Zack Snyder largely adapted the novel for his 2009 big budget movie, the HBO series will dive into new territory - and HBO is officially moving forward with it.

HBO has given a full series order to Lindelof's Watchmen. The announcement comes shortly after the programming chief of HBO heavily teased this announcement was coming, but now its official. The series is going to move ahead quickly as the network already confirmed a 2019 premiere for the DC adaptation. In addition to the series being picked up, they also revealed the first art for the series, using one Dr. Manhattan's famous quotes to tease the continuation of this story.



Interest in the HBO series has been extremely high due to Lindelof's involvement due to his work on Lost and more recently with The Leftovers. It was always a bit unlikely that HBO wouldn't move forward with the show, but the full series pick up now should be a vote of confidence in the pilot. The first episode is directed by Nicole Kassell, who has worked with Lindelof before on The Leftovers, but she's also directed episodes of Castle Rock, Westworld, and The Americans to name a few.

The official logline for the series reads: "Set in an alternate history where 'superheroes' are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own." While the actual story that the series will tell remains a mystery, it is being led by a great ensemble cast. Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are some of the show's many stars. More details are sure to come now that the series has been picked up by HBO, but that information could still be months away.
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HBO's Watchmen TV Show Is A Sequel (Sort Of)







HBO has a TV show based on Watchmen on the way in 2019, but we're still not quite sure what it's about. Show creator Damon Lindelof wrote a five-page letter about his history with the source material and his intentions for the TV show, but though that clarified that it wouldn't be a direct adaptation, it didn't really explain what it would be - whether it would be adjacent to the story of the graphic novel, a prequel, or a sequel.


Lindelof said that he and the other creatives behind the show intend to "disrupt" and "remix" Watchmen, but that the original comic will still be canon. The TV show will be "set in the world its creators painstakingly built," but will "vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates." That certainly sounds ambitious, but it doesn't really clear things up.

Based on what we do know about the TV show, which was recently ordered to series, it does appear to be a sequel... sort of. Set photos clearly point to a modern setting, and the show will feature a new cast of characters, with the original line-up either playing a minor role, or simply not appearing at all. But how exactly will it connect to the original graphic novel?
What The Watchmen TV Show Isn't

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One thing that Lindelof has been very adamant about is the fact that his TV show is not a direct adaptation of the comics. "We have no desire to 'adapt' the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago," he wrote. "Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted." So, while we will probably see references to the events of the original graphic novel, don't expect to see actual flashback scenes to iconic moments, and don't expect to see a great deal of the original characters.


What else won't it be? Well, Lindelof wrote in his letter that "we are not making a 'sequel' either" - but the quotes around the word "sequel" indicate that he's using a rather narrow definition of the word. Indeed, he goes on to say that it's not a "sequel" in the sense that it will be an "original" and "contemporary" story (even though sequels are often both of those things). So, if it's not a "sequel," then what is it?
HBO's Watchmen Is Modern Day & Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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One thing we know for sure about HBO's Watchmen is that it will have a modern-day setting, and therefore won't focus on the immediate aftermath of the calamity at the end of the graphic novel. Set photos show a world that has had time to adapt, with warning signs and references to showers of alien squid - presumably smaller versions of the same monster that Ozymandias unleashed on New York City at the end of the comic. A copy of a newspaper called The Tulsa Sun has a price of $1.75, in line with current newspaper costs, and a copy of the Tulsa World includes a "Never Forget" memorial article for the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing. Another set photo shows a new version of the American flag, with the stars arranged differently, and the same photo shows modern cars rather than vintage '80s vehicles. So, not only will the show be set in modern times, it also looks to be set in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


We also know that the TV show will center mostly, if not entirely, on original characters. One of the newspaper headlines in the set photos reads "Veidt Officially Declared Dead," which seems to imply that Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias went missing at some point. If he had simply died, the headline would read more like "Veidt Passes Away," whereas "Declared Dead" indicates that the authorities have simply given up the search. The other Minutemen appear to be remembered positively, as evidenced by a set photo of a poster for a TV show called American Hero Story: Minutemen (obviously a spin on the American Horror Story and American Crime Story anthology series).



This TV show may be what Lindelof was referring to when he wrote, "We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising, yet familiar set of eyes.... and it is here where we'll be taking our greatest risks." That suggests that at least one character from the original graphic novel will play a role - though whether the past century will be explored through an in-universe TV show, or whether HBO's Watchmen will stick to more traditional flashbacks, remains to be seen.
As for those original characters, the cast so far includes Regina King, Louis Gossett Jr., Tom Mison, Francis Fisher, Tim Blake Nelson and Jeremy Irons. Based on the pilot's character breakdowns, it seems that most of the main characters are cops or related to cops, indicating that the Watchmen TV show may specifically be about police officers trying to do their jobs in the world created by Ozymandias' actions. Lindelof's letter also mentioned that there will be "new faces" and "new masks to cover them," so superheroes definitely aren't out of the picture.



Watchmen Isn't a "Sequel," But It Is a Sequel

HBO's Watchmen is a sequel in the sense that A) it's set in the same continuity as the comics and B) it takes place after the events of the comics. It will not be a sequel in the sense of showing in-depth what happened to Nite Owl, Silk Spectre and Ozymandias after the squid was teleported to New York and exploded, but it will be a sequel in the sense of showing the impact that the tragedy had on the world and how it altered the course of history.

In the spirit of the original graphic novel, the TV show will also be influenced by contemporary politics, with Lindelof promising that it will "resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless." One newspaper headline in the set photos mentioned that vandalism by the KKK had forced the closure of the Statue of Liberty - reflecting the current resurgence of white nationalism and white supremacy within alt-right politics. Lindelof describes his show as the New Testament to the Old Testament of the original graphic novel:

Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along, it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica. To be clear. Watchmen is canon.

So, it's clear that the TV show will be a continuation of the world of the comics. Of course, the one fly in the ointment here is that Watchmen already has a New Testament in the comics: Doomsday Clock.


DC Now Has Two Watchmen Sequels Going At Once


Doomsday Clock is a 12-issue limited series written by Geoff Johns (whom Lindelof names as being "incredibly supportive" in his development of the TV show). It's currently midway through its story and set to conclude in 2019, meaning that the sequel comic and the sequel TV show will probably be telling their respective stories at the same time. Although Lindelof's letter is careful to promise that the original 12 comics will be canon in the TV show, he makes no mention of Doomsday Clock or the prequel series Before Watchmen.

Our best guess at the moment is that the TV show will ignore anything in the comics beyond the original graphic novel, so neither Before Watchmen nor Doomsday Clock will be considered canon (especially since Doomsday Clock brings well-known DC superheroes like Batman and Superman into the mix).

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While we have been able to piece together a general picture of what the Watchmen TV show will be, there's still a lot we don't know. The show is currently being filmed, so hopefully we won't have to wait too much longer for an official synopsis and - eventually - a trailer. In the meantime, we'll be sure to keep you updated on all the latest news and clues.
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Zack Snyder Previously Said 'Watchmen' Wouldn't Work as HBO Series



Last week it was made official: HBO is bringing the iconic Watchmen comic book series to life on the small screen, giving the project a series order. It's exciting news for fans who have long wanted a Watchmen series, but it will also prove Zack Snyder wrong.

Back in 2009, Snyder directed the big screen adaptation of Watchmen after a live-action film adaptation had spent decades in development hell. Even with the movie finally coming to fruition, many fans still thought that the complex comic story would have been better served as an HBO mini-series. Snyder didn't agree and made that clear in a 2009 question and answer video freshly surfaced on Reddit.

Reddit user "BeenTryin" posted a video of Snyder explaining why he felt Watchmen wouldn't work as a mini-series and that his movie was the better option. His rationale? Special effects and cost, especially for Dr. Manhattan.

"This is a question that has been brought up a lot about 'oh, it should be an HBO miniseries' or whatever which I think is cool, but you know it's like in order...there's no version of this movie where, no HBO miniseries version of Manhattan like that, can't do it, I mean it's just like impractical," Snyder said. "They'd never spend...each shot of him would be like your budget for an episode of the show."

While it would be easy to dismiss Snyder's comments as ego -- and to be fair, Snyder's visuals for Watchmen were one of the elements of the film that received nearly universal praise -- it's important to remember that in 2009, HBO was still two years away from Game of Thrones, the series that changed television in terms of what scope networks are willing to take on. Now, nearly a decade later, large scale, higher budgeted television is the norm which should address the issue of effects and budget Snyder discussed.

That said, it remains to be seen how HBO's Watchmen will turn out when it debuts sometime in 2019. The Damon Lindelof executive produced series isn't exactly an adaptation of the Watchmen comics, but instead appears to follow characters who were not established in that series with the comics serving as something of a jumping off point for the television series.

"We have no desire to 'adapt' the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago," Lindelof wrote on social media. "Those issue are sacred ground and they will not be retreat nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted."

"They will, however, be remixed." Lindelof continued. "Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so, it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love.



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WATCHMEN: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Will Compose The Score For The HBO Series

The first season of HBO and Damon Lindelof's Watchmen is still in production, and now it's been revealed that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have signed on to compose the music for the upcoming series...


HBO's Watchmen series, which is currently eyeing a 2019 release date, has already assembled an impressive cast, and now the new show has added some more talent behind the camera.

Via their official Twitter account, HBO announced that the award-winning duo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, have signed on to compose the music for Watchmen.
While Reznor and Ross are the newest additions to the Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers) project, they've worked together on a number of films, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, which saw the pair earn an Oscar for their work.




The cast of Watchmen includes the likes of Regina King (American Crime), Jeremy Irons (Justice League), Don Johnson (Django Unchanined), Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk), Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman).
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Damon Lindelof's WATCHMEN TV Series On HBO Will Be "What The Fans Need, Not What They Want"

It's no secret that Damon Lindelof's Watchmen won't be adapting the comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and now the latter has shared his thoughts on what fans should - and shouldn't - expect...


In the past, Damon Lindelof has made it clear that he has no desire to adapt Watchmen for television; instead, he wants to remix it and fans remain confused about whether that means it's a sequel, reboot, or just a totally new story set in the same universe. Presumably, it won't tie into Doomsday Clock in any way and with HBO ordering the show to series, we'll hopefully hear some official details very soon.

For now, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons has shed some light on what we should expect and he claims that Lindelof's vision for the property is "exciting, entertaining, and absolutely worthwhile."

That's high praise indeed and unlike Alan Moore, Gibbons has never shied away from getting involved with what DC Comics chooses to do with Watchmen. Deadline goes on to note that the plan is for the series to "subvert the basic idea of what it means to be a superhero," while adding that while Gibbons believes fans of the original will like it, they may also need to temper their expectations for the show.
In fact, he says it could end up being "what the fans need, not what they want." It goes without saying that most probably wanted a direct adaptation of the comics which played out over the course of a few seasons but Lindelof wants to do something new and that's...admirable, I guess? We'll just have to wait and see but feel free to share your thoughts on these remarks in the comments section down below.
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WATCHMEN Set Photo Features A First Look At Minutemen Member Hooded Justice

A new photo from the set of Watchmen has surfaced today and it features a bus with an advertisement for a documentary series revolving around the Minutemen. What does that tell us about the HBO series?




Damon Lindelof and HBO's Watchmen TV series remains shrouded in secrecy and while it's thought that it will serve as a sequel of sorts to the original Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel, the signs are pointing to it being a totally new story set in the same world which deals with the aftermath of Dr. Manhattan's actions.

Now, a set photo has surfaced which shows a bus adorned with an advertisement for a series titled American Hero Story: Minutemen. This is clearly some sort of documentary series about the original superhero team and it could be a sign that heroes are now regarded a little better than when the Watchmen were around.

It's highly unlikely that Hooded Justice himself will make a physical appearance in the series because he was gunned down (possibly by The Comedian) years before the Watchmen formed. A homosexual, he pretended to be in love with Silk Spectre to cover that up and this is something this in-show series would presumably cover.

Who knows, perhaps like Tales of the Black Lagoon, this documentary series will play out through each series. For now, we're all just going to have to wait and see...

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