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HBO's 'Watchmen': Jeremy Irons Confirmed as Ozymandias, 'Legion's Jean Smart Cast


HBO's Watchmen continues to expand its impressive cast as it heads towards production. It's now being confirmed that Jeremy Irons is playing an older Ozymandias in the show while some new casting news points to Legion actress Jean Smart also joining the show in the role of a "mysterious FBI agent."
/Film snagged the confirmation of Irons' role, which had been rumored to be Ozymandias as far back as last summer. It's going to be one of the more pivotal roles in the show, as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias, the "smartest man in the world," was actually the one responsible for the planning the series of events that manipulated his former Watchmen teammates and major world figures into causing the cataclysmic doomsday event that killed thousands in Manhattan. That event inspired world leaders into ending the Cold War and making peace, a price that Veidt was willing to pay with soul, which he knew would be forever tarnished, afterward. Given that this HBO series is set decades after that event, it will be very interesting to see how Adrian has fared with the weight of so much death on his shoulders, for so long. The show described his role as an "aging and imperious lord of a British manor," but there have also been set photos suggesting that Veidt could be dead when the show begins, so Irons could be appearing only in key flashbacks if that's true -- or perhaps Veidt's death is just an illusion...

As for Jean Smart, an actress of her caliber probably won't just be playing a bit part like a random FBI agent; it's a safe bet that there's some larger purpose to her presence in the show. What that twist could be remains to be seen, but /Film notes that her character is named "Agent Blake," which could also have some big implications. Edward Blake was The Comedian, and one big twist of Watchmen is the reveal that Laurie Juspeczyk (Silk Spectre II) is actually the Comedian's illegitimate daughter. Naturally, fans are now speculating that Jean Smart will be the older version of Laurie.

Here's the synopsis for Watchmen according to showrunner Damon Lindelof:

"This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… 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."
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WATCHMEN Set Photos Seemingly Focus On The Wild West Origins Of Hooded Justice

While we've seen Watchmen set photos teasing a documentary about Hooded Justice, a new batch seemingly reveal that the character's history will be explored in some flashbacks. Read on for



Last week, set photos for Watchmen started doing the rounds revealing that this sequel to the legendary graphic novel will feature a documentary series about Hooded Justice. Since then, comic book fans have been speculating that his story will play out in this show similar to Tales of the Black Freighter as a side story of sorts which runs parallel to the main narrative.

However, this latest round of images points to what looks like a flashback to the Wild West/Civil War era as we see what may be the original Hooded Justice and someone the version we know actually inherited the mantle from when he joined the Minutemen.

Hooded Justice was a closeted gay man who was in a relationship with Captain Metropolis but he hid that by pretending to be in love with Silk Spectre. He even went so far as to brutally attack The Comedian when he learned that his teammate had sexually assaulted her. It seems the American Hero Story: Minutemen documentary could delve into that and more.

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‘Watchmen’ Actor Tim Blake Nelson Says the HBO Show is “Way Beyond” a Standard Adaptation




You may know Tim Blake Nelson as the hapless Delmar O’Donnell in the Coen Brothers’ Homeric comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but the successful character actor is about to step into a totally different type of world with Damon Lindelof‘s unconventional new Watchmen TV series.


In a recent interview, Nelson (who also appears as the title character in the Coens’ upcoming western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) says the Watchmen HBO show is “way beyond your run of the mill comic adaptation”, shares what the Coens and Lindelof have in common, and explains how his role in the highly-anticipated new show was expanded for him.


Last week, Nelson told Empire that he would be playing a character named Looking Glass, who does not appear in the original comic or Zack Snyder’s movie adaptation. Here’s how the character was described in a casting breakdown:
“A good looking cop, the native Oklahoman isn’t simple as his rural accent makes him appear to be. A top interrogator and behavioral scientist, he may also be a bit of a sociopath.”
Speaking with Collider, Nelson revealed that the part of Looking Glass actually evolved into a larger part because of Lindelof’s improvisational development style:
“I talked to [Lindelof] on the phone, and it was an evolving process for Watchmen, which in part is what makes Damon so interesting. He, like the Coens, is very much in control, but he also improvises, to a degree, with what he has…I read it and I read my character, and I found him interesting, but one doesn’t want to leap into television without knowing where a character is headed. And Damon, frankly, said, ‘Well, I’m not sure about this guy and whether there’s going to be enough for you, to where you would want to play this role. I’m not sure that having you in this role would be gesturally right, in terms of the casting, with what I have in mind for him. You may be, in a sense, too big of a gun to shoot a fly.’
But then, he started thinking about it and he changed his take on the role. He said, ‘You know what, I really would like you to be a part of this. Here’s how I wanna enlarge the role. If you’ll trust me, then I’d really like you to come on board.’ What he had to say was certainly enough, but more importantly, the pilot script and what it seemed like he wanted to address with the show, which is way beyond your run of the mill comic adaptation, really intrigued me.”
Damon Lindelof is not trying to remake Watchmen. He’s been vocal about how everything that happened in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ iconic comic actually happened in the world of his show, which takes place years later and features older versions of some characters we’ve seen before. (Example: we broke the news that Jeremy Irons is playing an older Ozymandias.)


“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof said in a lengthy Instagram post. “Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will however be remixed….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.”


Click here for more on Watchmen, or head over to Collider to read the rest of their interview with Nelson, who says the tone of the new show is “absolutely right” and that he hasn’t “encountered a false note” yet during filming.
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WATCHMEN Motion Photos Give Us A Much Better Look At Those Bizarre Police Uniforms

Another couple of motion photos from HBO and Damon Lindelof's upcoming Watchmen TV series have been released, and they once again focus on the strange yellow mask-wearing police officers. Take a look...


Production on HBO's upcoming Watchmen TV series officially kicked-off last month, with showrunner Damon Lindelof unveiling a first-look image of a mysterious masked police officer.

Now, the show's Instagram page has debuted a couple of similar motion photos, but these feature a whole squad and give us a much better look at their uniforms.

The images don't really tell us anything new about the closely-guarded plot, but if you look closely at the second pic, the patches on the cops' arms say "Tulsa Police," which suggests that the series will be at least partially set in Oklahoma.



This re-imagining of Watchmen remains shrouded in mystery for the most part, but we do know that it won't be a direct adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' iconic source material.
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All The Masked Vigilantes In HBO's Watchmen (So Far)





HBO's Watchmen TV show is finally being unveiled, with a recent promo and collection of clips revealing some of the masked vigilantes who will be featured in this modern-day follow-up to the acclaimed graphic novel. Written by Alan Moore with artwork by artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins, Watchmen was a dark twist on the superhero genre set in an alternate world history. The TV series was created by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and will star Jeremy Irons, Frances Fisher, Tim Blake Nelson, Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Don Johnson, Tom Mison, Lou Gossett Jr., James Wolk, Jean Smart, Sara Vickers, Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard.

Watchmen's original lineup of superheroes were called the Minutemen, and they were all flawed in one way or another. There was self-aggrandizing genius Ozymandias, the violent and brutish Comedian, the single-minded Rorschach, and the fame-hungry Silk Spectre. However, HBO's Watchmen isn't a direct adaptation of the graphic novels, nor even a direct sequel, but is instead an original story set in the same universe in modern times. So, while there will be some familiar faces, the focus will primarily be on new characters, and the main location will be Tulsa, Oklahoma rather than New York City.


Whereas masked vigilantism was at one point condemned in the world of Watchmen, it now looks like it has been adopted by the official authorities, with police officers sporting yellow masks and one tagline stating, "Masks save lives." Let's take a look at the masked individuals who have been revealed so far - both familiar and new.


Ozymandias



Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias technically wears a crown rather than a mask, and he's one of the few Minutemen who didn't drop his persona after the Keene Act outlawed costumed vigilantism. Instead, he used his great intellect to create the megacorporation Veidt Enterprises, selling Ozymandias action figures and merchandise as one of his many ventures. At the end of Watchmen it's revealed that Ozymandias has been the mastermind behind many terrible recent events, and he caps off his evil plan by teleporting an enormous "alien" squid monster into New York, resulting in countless deaths in the hope of averting nuclear war by giving the world a common enemy to focus on.

The Adrian Veidt of HBO's Watchmen is now around 70 years old, and is played by Jeremy Irons, who was featured in one of the recent clips saying, "It's only just begun." It seems as though Veidt still prefers to operate from the shadows, since a headline on a prop newspaper in one of the show's set photos stated, "Veidt Officially Declared Dead." Perhaps he has found another secret lair to operate from.
The Yellow-Masked Police



The masks that we've seen the most of in Watchmen's marketing are those worn by the police. These bright yellow masks cover the wearers' face up to just below the eyes (with the eyes themselves mostly concealed by the brim of a hat), revealing nothing except the vague bumps of ears and noses underneath. Captions for social media posts featuring these masked policeman include, "Hiding in plain sight," "Who watches the Watchmen?" and the aforementioned "Masks save lives." It's unclear as yet why police have become the new masked vigilantes, but it's possible that in Watchmen's alternate timeline, police have become the focus of hatred and violence from citizens, and the masks are intended to protect their identities.


Of course, there's something very unsettling about a faceless army of law enforcement officers, and everything we've seen of these masked cops so far has framed them as authoritarian and intimidating. It's not yet known if this new uniform is worn by police all across the country, but it certainly seems as though all the police in Tulsa wear the yellow masks - and even carry shotguns with yellow stocks to match.
Rorschach



The original Rorschach - Walter Kovacs - won't be appearing in HBO's Watchmen, on account of being blasted into a bloody smear on the snow at the end of the original graphic novel. Rorschach I was killed by Doctor Manhattan because his moral absolutist approach compelled him to tell the truth about the "alien" that attacked New York, which in turn would have meant that all those deaths would have been in vain. However, it seems that his mask and his mantle lived on, as a brief clip shows a mysterious new individual wearing a version of Rorschach's mask. It's unclear whether or not this mask, like the original, changes its pattern according to the emotions experienced by the individual underneath, or whether the pattern is simply sprayed on.

We also don't yet know who is under this mask. In the sequel comic series Doomsday Clock, written by Geoff Johns, a new character called Reggie Long donned Rorschach's mask and vigilante name, but it doesn't seem as though HBO's Watchmen will be based on Doomsday Clock. Given that the Minutemen's legacy has been cemented in history, it's likely that this Rorschach is simply some kind of copycat - though we won't rule out the possibility of him being somehow connected to Walter Kovacs.




Gold Mask and Red Mask

The teaser clips from HBO's Watchmen have given us a tantalizing look at two entirely new masked individuals, standing together in the same shot. One simply wears a dark coat with the collar turned up and a shiny gold head covering, similar in design to the ones that the police officers wear. The other wears a red and yellow sports jacket and a red balaclava-like mask (you can see the front of it reflected in the gold mask, revealing that it actually has eye holes). We know nothing at all about these two characters so far, but their teaser clip was accompanied by creepy music, which indicates that they may be bad guys. Moreover, if you look behind them you can see one last masked individual...

The Cowboy Hat



Seemingly either the Sheriff of Tulsa or in some other position of authority at the police department, the identity of this mysterious figure in a pale cowboy hat has been deliberately obscured so far. We see him in one shot walking down a hallway lined with yellow-masked police officers, and in the background of the shot with the red- and gold-masked individuals. In the latter shot it seems as though Cowboy Hat is also wearing a face covering of some kind - unless his face was simply obscured for this promo.

Whether intentionally or accidentally, Cowboy Hat appears to be framed in opposition to Rorschach, who is shown in the darkness with police car lights reflecting off his mask. It may well be that Cowboy Hat is the leader of official law enforcement, but there are still masked vigilantes illegally operating in the darkness. Regardless, Cowboy Hat does give off something of a villainous air in the brief glimpses we've seen so far, and it will be interesting to find out which actor is hiding under that brim.

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The Minutemen in Watchmen didn't actually use many masks that covered characters' entire faces. There was Hooded Justice, whose mask only had eyeholes, and - of course - Rorschach, who kept his entire ugly mug covered. However, Mothman, Dollar Bill and Captain Metropolis had masks that left the lower halves of their faces exposed, while Nite Owl and the Comedian only wore small domino masks, and Silhouette, Ozymandias and Silk Spectre didn't wear masks at all... and there wouldn't have been much point in Doctor Manhattan trying to hide his identity.
By contrast, HBO's Watchmen so far seems to have a heavy emphasis on masks that conceal characters' entire faces, making it difficult to tell who is who... and who can be trusted. Only Ozymandias and Frances Fisher's character have so far been shown entirely unmasked. We'll update this article with more information about these characters (and with entries on any further masked character reveals) as more footage and images emerge.
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Watchmen Theory: Ozymandias Is Trying To Make Another Doctor Manhattan





The plot of HBO's Watchmen TV series is still shrouded in secrecy, but what we've seen so far suggests that Jeremy Irons' Ozymandias could be trying to create a new Doctor Manhattan. Created by Damon Lindelof (Lost), the show takes place around thirty years after the end of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' original graphic novel, in a modern-day Tulsa, Oklahoma that looks rather different from the one in our own timeline.
Doctor Manhattan was born Jonathan Osterman and later became Dr. Jonathan Osterman - a nuclear physicist who was vaporized after accidentally shutting himself inside an intrinsic field subtractor. Though at first presumed dead, he later began to manifest sporadically as a series of disturbing blue apparitions, before finally succeeding in creating himself a new body. Doctor Manhattan was effectively a walking, talking, thinking weapon of mass destruction, capable of reducing matter down to its atoms and rebuilding it in new forms. The American government wasted no time in putting him to use, sending him to Vietnam to put an end to the war within three months, and employing him in the Cold War strategy of mutually assured destruction.


At the end of Watchmen, after Ozymandias carries out his horrifying plan to transform and transcend the world (teleporting an enormous mutated squid into the middle of New York City to create the illusion of an alien invasion), Doctor Manhattan decides to leave Earth and explore the rest of the universe. With HBO's Watchmen setting up Ozymandias to return as the villain, it seems perhaps inevitably that Adrian Veidt will want to get his hands on another weapon like Doctor Manhattan - or perhaps even turn himself into one.
Jeremy Irons Is Playing An Older Ozymandias




Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias is the only character from the original Watchmen story who is confirmed to be returning for HBO's Watchmen (so far), and he will be played by veteran villain actor Jeremy Irons. In a lengthy open letter regarding his intentions for the series, Damon Lindelof said that everything that happened in the graphic novel is canon in the TV series - including Rorschach and the Comedian dying, and Doctor Manhattan leaving Earth - and that the TV show will not "retread" what happened in the original story nor be a straightforward sequel. So, don't expect to see too many familiar faces dropping by.

That being said, Lindelof's letter said that, "We also intend to revisit the past century through a surprising, yet familiar set of eyes... and it is here where we'll be taking our greatest risks." That (like much in the letter) is vague, but the "surprising, yet familiar" eyes could be Ozymandias, and this time around we could get to see the story play out more from his perspective. This wasn't really possible in the original graphic novel, because showing too much of Adrian's perspective early on would have spoiled the ending twist of him being the villain. So, if Irons' Ozymandias is more of a protagonist this time around, what is his goal?

Watchmen Footage Connects Ozymandias To Doctor Manhattan






The first footage from Watchmen doesn't give much away, but it does contain a massive clue as to what Ozymandias' plan could be. In the one shot where Irons says ominously, "It's only just begun," he is standing in front of lettering that spells out "Gila Flats 195_" - the testing facility in Arizona where Jon Osterman suffered the original accident that transformed him into Doctor Manhattan.
A set photo of a prop newspaper from Watchmen revealed that Adrian Veidt has been officially declared dead (or rather, "presumed deceased") after having not been seen by anyone for 10 years, so it's possible that the Gila Flats facility has become his new base of operations. The facility was shut down following a terrible fire and has presumably been left abandoned ever since, so it would be a fitting location for Ozymandias to turn into his new fortress - and one that would appeal to his poetic soul. Whether he has set up shop there or whether he's just visiting, there seems to be one very obvious reason why Ozymandias would want to go to Gila Flats: to recreate the set of circumstances in which Doctor Manhattan was born, and "gift" the world another godlike being.





Theory: Ozymandias Wants To Recreate Doctor Manhattan

The prop newspaper from Watchmen revealed more than just the fact that Adrian Veidt had been declared dead. Below that article was an intriguing headline that stated, "Intrinsic Chamber Talks Begin In Moscow" - obviously a reference to the intrinsic field subtractor that created Doctor Manhattan. If the Cold War has persisted into the 21st century in Watchmen's universe (perhaps an unintended side effect of Ozymandias' original attempt at ending it), then Russia and the United States may still be engaged in an arms race, and Russia may be planning to use an intrinsic field subtractor to try and create their own Doctor Manhattan. If that were to happen, it would radically disrupt the balance of global power, which would certainly give both the U.S. government and Ozymandias an incentive to create a new Doctor Manhattan before the Russians manage it.

To be clear, creating a superhuman being with godlike powers is not as simple as popping a person into the instrinsic field subtractor and turning it on. The initial effect of the accident was Jon Osterman's body being completely vaporized, and for most people that would likely be the only effect. Jon's rebirth as Doctor Manhattan was not an automatic process; he had to learn to rebuild his body from the atoms up, at first appearing only as ghostly apparitions of nervous and skeletal systems. It's implied that Jon was only able to do this by applying the same expertise he once used to repair watches - and his knowledge of nuclear physics probably helped as well.


So, if Ozymandias is planning to create a new Doctor Manhattan, he will need to have a very special candidate in mind... and it wouldn't be at all surprising if that candidate was himself. After all, Adrian Veidt is now approaching the tail end of his life without having achieved the seismic shift in world history he so desired, and becoming the new Doctor Manhattan would certainly be one way to cheat death and acquire unimaginable power. He's also regarded by many as the smartest man in the world, so if anyone can follow in Jon Osterman's footsteps and build a new body using knowledge and intellect alone, it's Adrian Veidt.

What This Theory Reveals About HBO's Watchmen






At the end of Watchmen, Ozymandias succeeds in his goals... in the short-term. He teleports a giant alien squid to New York City that kills half of the population. However, his belief that this would result in a "dazzling transformation" for all of mankind doesn't quite seem to have panned out, based on what we've seen of HBO's Watchmen TV series so far. There are more people wearing masks than ever, now including even police officers, and mankind seems as fraught with adversity, distrust, and hatred as ever (one of the headlines in the newspaper refers to the KKK vandalizing the Statue of Liberty). In short, Ozymandias' dreamed-of new world has not yet manifested itself.

What that means, essentially, is that Adrian Veidt's legacy is incomplete - or, to borrow his words from the trailer, "it's only just begun." It seems as though Watchmen is once again setting up Ozymandias as the villain, only this time the audience knows it from the start. The big remaining mystery, then, is who will oppose him. The brief footage we've seen so far included a shot of a new character wearing a Rorschach mask, and since the original Rorschach died because of his determination to sabotage Veidt's plan, it would be fitting for his successor to take up the same fight.
While this is just a theory for now, it would certainly be interesting for the Watchmen TV series to revisit the implications and ramifications of creating a "superman" by showing Ozymandias' efforts to do so. We don't yet know when in 2019 Lindelof's show will premiere, but hopefully HBO will be unveiling more clues soon.
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Hong Chau Cast In HBO's 'Watchmen'

The cast of HBO's upcoming Watchmen just got a bit larger.
According to Deadline, Hong Chau has been cast for a key role in the upcoming series from Damon Lindelof. It's unclear exactly what character Chau, who has appeared on two other HBO series Big Little Lies and Treme, will play though it's said that she will play Lady T., a brand-new character for the series who, like Chau, is of Vietnamese descent.
Fans got their first-ever look at the new Watchmen series in a network teaser released by HBO during last weekend's 76th Golden Globes. In that teaser, viewers got a few seconds of Jeremy Irons' Ozymandias as well as a quick look at Rorschach.
Not much is known about Lindelof's Watchmen, which is a take on the iconic, fan-favorite graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. However, Gibbons has given his blessing to the HBO series and confirms that the show will pursue something of an alternative reality.
"It does pursue the idea of an alternative reality," Gibbons said. "And that's essentially what Watchmen was [in its original comics form], and alternate-reality story. I think what's happening with the TV version is it presents yet another variation. And while I’ve only read the screenplay -- and I can’t speak to the tone or the way things been shot -- I'd say the reality it inhabits is one that feels quite authentic. It's not here, it's not now, it's something slightly sideways."
It's also set to be topical and political in the same vein as the original material as well.

"This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built... It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens," Lindelof said. "Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties or 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."
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What To Expect From HBO's Watchmen TV Show





There are few upcoming TV shows as hotly anticipated as HBO's adaptation of Watchmen. The legendary 1986 graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons is still considered the gold standard of comic book storytelling three decades one. Its dark deconstruction of superhero tropes would go on to heavily influence a generation of comic book creators. Indeed, along with Frank Miller's Batman epic The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen is often considered the point when superhero comic books gained legitimacy by primarily targeting adult readers rather than children.
Watchmen has something of a checkered history in Hollywood. Alan Moore had an infamous falling out with DC Comics in the late 80s and has publicly disavowed all efforts to adapt his work for film and television, including Watchmen. After several false starts by directors like Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, and Darren Aronofsky, Watchmen finally made its way to the big screen in 2008, helmed by Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder. The film proved modestly successful at the box office and garnered lukewarm reviews, though its extended "Ultimate Cut" home release has gained a significant cult following.


With 2019's Watchmen, HBO is ready to take another swing at the story that has been called "unfilmable" on more than one occasion. Spearheaded by Lost and The Leftovers writer Damon Lindelof, details on the project have been hard to come by, but some of the basics are starting to come together, signaling that this will be a very different take on Watchmen.


HBO's Watchmen Is A Sequel To The Comic Book



After the release of the 2008 film, Zack Snyder and HBO were in discussions about bringing Watchmen to the small screen in some form. That never materialized, however, and Lindelof's series will not be in continuity with Snyder's film. While Snyder's film was noted for its slavish devotion to the graphic novel's look and story, it actually did change some crucial aspects of the story, including the deadly climax, with Adrian Veidt framing Doctor Manhattan for the destruction of New York City, rather than unleashing the iconically horrific squid monster from the comic.

Lindelof has remained cagey about the exact relationship HBO's Watchmen will share with the source material, proclaiming it neither a reboot or a sequel in a widely shared Instagram post where he chronicled his lifelong love of the graphic novel he and his father shared. Yet there are hints emerging that this will indeed be a continuation of the original story. We know that the Watchmen TV series will take place in an alternate future where superheroes have been outlawed, and some familiar faces will play a factor as well.


HBO's Watchmen Cast Features Returning Characters



There has been abundant casting news regarding Watchmen, but with virtually no character details attached. The show's cast is overflowing with talent, headlined by Emmy winner Regina King, who worked with Lindelof on his last HBO series, The Leftovers. Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are also onboard in undisclosed roles. Jean Smart will also be jumping superhero television franchises, boarding Watchmen just as Legion is concluding.

Our first - and so far, only - direct casting link to the source material is Jeremy Irons, who's been tapped to play Ozymandias himself, Adrian Veidt. Irons - no stranger to comic book fans after playing Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman and Justice League - is significantly older than Veidt during the events of the original story, in line with the modern day setting, and his ruthless plan to unite humanity will no doubt serve as the catalyst for the show's dystopian future.
So far, no other characters from the original story have been confirmed to return, though it seems a sure bet that the godlike Doctor Manhattan will play a role in some form.


When Will HBO's Watchmen Premiere?



There's still no firm release date for the Watchmen series. Production on the pilot began in June 2018, and production on the series proper began in October 2018. It seems a certainty that Watchmen will be an effects-heavy series and will surely need lead times similar to Game of Thrones and Westworld between seasons. A late 2019 premiere seems likely, though it could theoretically debut before that, as HBO is going to need another genre behemoth once Game of Thrones ends its run in May 2019.
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5 Character Guaranteed To Be Featured In HBO's Watchmen (And 5 We Hope To See)






When HBO and Damon Lindelof announced that they’d be creating a (not quite) sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s landmark graphic novel Watchmen, fans of the original graphic novel received it with mixed emotions. On the one hand, Alan Moore has spoken repeatedly about how he feels about his characters being used in anything other than the original story he wrote. But on the other hand, who wouldn’t want to see the aftermath of Ozymandias’ master plan, the world that emerges after the massive culling of humanity he brought to earth at the conclusion of the original graphic novel.


Whichever way you feel, the series is on it’s way, so it’s time to embrace that it’s happening and drive into what we know about who the series will be following. And who we hope to see return.


10 RORSCHACH - CONFIRMED






9 OZYMANDIAS - CONFIRMED




It’d probably be hard to have a somewhat sequel to the original Watchmen without the man behind the plan, the person responsible for wiping out a decent portion of humanity for the sake of peace, Ozymandias. It’s tough to say just how the world of Watchmen will have evolved since Ozymandius’ plan came to fruition.
What we can say with relative certainty is that Ozymandias’ plan to unite the entire world through the tragedy brought on by an outside source doesn't seem to have united the world in the way he originally intended. Maybe that means the “Smartest man in the world” bought into his own hype a bit too much. Maybe it’s time Ozymandias came up with a plan B.




8 LOOKING GLASS - CONFIRMED







Joining Ozymandias and some of the other characters from the original comics are a whole slew of new characters created especially for HBO’s new series. Among them, a hero (or anti-hero as the case may be) called the Looking Glass. Officially described as “A good looking cop, the native Oklahoman isn’t simple as his rural accent makes him appear to be.
A top interrogator and behavioral scientist, he may also be a bit of a sociopath.” Other than that there’s not much we know about the character other than that he will be played by the brilliant Tim Blake Nelson who recently starred in the Cohen Brothers film The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.
7 RED SCARE - CONFIRMED




Another new character that the HBO series is set to introduce is called the Red Scare. Much like Tim Blake Nelson’s character, we don't have much to go as far as who this character is or what he aims to accomplish throughout the course of the series. Officially described as a “Mafioso, tracksuit wearing cop. His Russian accent lends to his abrasiveness.”
The only other thing we know about the character besides his appearance is that he will be played by Andrew Howard. Not a lot to go on, but by the time the HBO series arrives, you can bet we’ll get a much better look at this newly arrived masked vigilante.


6 PIRATE JENNY - CONFIRMED





The last of the characters that we’ll be discussing that are guaranteed to make an appearance in HBO’s Watchmen series, is a masked vigilante called Pirate Jenny. Like the other new characters that are joining her, not much has been revealed about who she is or what she’s capable of. Her official description is “An androgynous and lustful bisexual cop, Jenny is an anarchist at heart.” We do know, however, that she will be played by actress Adelaide Clemens.
It doesn't appear as though we’ve seen any pictures of her character behind the mask, but we have seen a character standing beside Red Scare, wearing a gold mask, who could possibly be Pirate Jenny. We’ll just have to wait for the HBO series to be released in order to find out.
5 DAN DREIDBERG/NITE-OWL - HOPEFUL




There are plenty of new characters that will be introduced in HBO’s new Watchmen series, but the real question most viewers will want to be answered is what happened to the Watchmen? With that in mind, we’re hoping to see the return of Dan Dreiberg, or as villains of the Watchmen universe know him, Nite Owl.
It’s tough to say where exactly he might be, but the last we saw of Dan, he was wrapped in the arms of his lover Laurie Juspeczyk. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the couple survived the trauma of being involved in, and unable to stop, one of the greatest catastrophes in their version of earth.




4 EDWARD BLAKE/THE COMEDIAN - HOPEFUL




Alright, so this one is a bit of long shot seeing as his murder by Ozymandias is the event that kicked off the entire Watchmen series, but how great would it be to see the Comedian again? He’s not the nicest or funniest masked vigilante as his moniker would suggest, but he certainly knows how to have (what he would describe as) a good time.



Hopefully, whether through flashbacks or perhaps through another character deciding to pick up that mantle like while likely see in Rorschach’s case, we’ll get another look at this classic cynical character.
3 WALTER KOVACS - HOPEFUL





We already know that Rorschach is going to be making an appearance in the new series, but assuming that it’s not the original Rorschach, we’d still like to see the original come back in some form. We know that his pulpy, frozen remains are resting somewhere in Antarctica, but that doesn’t quite mean he’s gone for good. There are three possible ways that might make some sense of Walter Kovacs making another appearance in the Watchmen series. Scenario the first: we know that Rorschach sent off his journal before he arrived at Antarctica, so it’s possible we’ll see some flashbacks while someone reads through it’s contents.
Scenario B: we also know that Dr. Manhattan did a fairly decent job of un-aliving the cynical detective, so should big blue manage to grace us with his presence, it’s not too far-fetched too assume he could...alive him again as well. Lastly, there’s always a chance Ozymandias, after years of living with his failure, and realizing just how right Walter was, decided to go back to Antarctica and pull some of the perfectly preserved DNA from the frozen tundra.
2 LAURIE JUSPECZYK/SILK SPECTRE - HOPEFUL




It’ll be very interesting to see where Laurie ended up after the events of Watchmen. The last time we see her, she’s wrapped up in the arms of her lover Dan Dreiberg as they lament the events that take place during the conclusion of the comics, knowing that not only could they not stop one of the greatest catastrophes Earth has ever faced but also that the mastermind behind the event was right under their nose all along; an even harder pill to swallow when you consider just how close they were to Adrian. By the time the series takes place, it’s not too far-fetched to assume that Laurie would be around her the age her mother was in the comics.
It’d be interesting to what, if any, parallels exist between the two women and this stage in Laurie’s life. Is she left alone to romanticize and revel in the past the way her mother did? Or will her story take a much darker turn? Who knows? But hopefully, we’ll get a chance to find out when the series premieres.
1 DR. MANHATTAN - HOPEFUL




Last but certainly not least, we have Dr. Manhattan the only true superhero of the Watchmen landscape, at least as we last left it. Dr. Manhattan is one of the most powerful beings in all of comics, much less when you toss him in a world where he is the only living superhero.
After Adrian’s plan comes to fruition, Dr. Manhattan sees the logic in his plan and agrees that it’s the right things to do to lead the world into a new era of peace, which makes him just as culpable as Ozymandias himself, maybe even more so. Dr. Manhattan will be sorely missed if he’s not present in the HBO series, so hopefully, we’ll get a look at how he has (or hasn’t) changed since we saw him last.
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