HBO is beginning to let us in on Damon Lindelof’s upcoming Watchmen series. The network created an Instagram account earlier this morning for the show. And with the account’s creation, we’ve got our first Watchmen image.
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The posted Watchmen image is a perplexing one. It’s a close up shot of an officer with a yellow mask on. Published with the post is the vague anecdote, “Who watched the Watchmen?” Well, we will be next year.
Who is this mysterious character? Why the yellow mask? When are we going to get a trailer? Answers to all these questions will come in time. What we do know is that Lindelof and HBO’s Watchmen will be neither a remake nor a sequel. Instead, the series is said to be “an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws” and that the show “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
While at New York Comic-Con, one of the creators of the original graphic novel, Dave Gibbons, lauded Lindelof’s take on the new series, confirming that there was no need for a retelling or sequel on he and Alan Moore’s original work:
“The original is something that we always saw as standing alone and it never in our mind required prequels or sequels or homages or pastiches or anything like that. It isn’t that we thought it should be treated with great reverence, it’s just that we thought: If you’ve done something right just leave it alone.”
Casting details have impressed thus far too. We heard back in May that Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard had all joined the cast. And later that Jeremy Irons, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Sara Vickers had joined to shoot the show’s pilot as well.
HBO hasn’t said exactly when the series will air, all that we know currently is that it will debut in 2019. Perhaps it could piggyback the final season of Game of Thrones. Or, it could be the show that jumps into the fantasy series’ time slot when it wraps its story next year. For now, just appreciate this first Watchmen image. It’s likely all we’ll have to chew on for a bit.