HBO’s Watchmen TV collection: Regina King character particulars, trailer, launch date, plot

HBO’s Watchmen TV collection introduced a brand new trailer to Comic-Con.


Adapting Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen graphic novel hasn’t precisely been all smiles. But HBO has stepped up with a TV collection sequel of kinds that guarantees to maintain the nostalgia of the unique whereas breaking new floor. A full Comic-Con trailer introduced a truckload of colourful vigilantes, wrapped up in a conflict with the Tulsa Police Force. Plus, Regina King’s character is barely completely different than initially thought.

Let’s unpack what we find out about HBO’s Watchmen TV collection.

Who are the brand new characters?

The mysterious Hooded Justice seems within the full trailer.


Regina King: Previously regarded as main the solid as Angela Abraham, King is actually enjoying Angela Abar, in line with a HBO press launch Tuesday. Abar is the lead detective of the Tulsa Police Force and a mom of three. As the total trailer explains, the police pressure should put on masks to guard themselves from the vigilantes raiding their properties, however Abar should additionally put on a metaphorical masks whereas taking care of her youngsters.

It’s additionally been speculated her crime combating persona is Hooded Justice, a mysterious male vigilante within the graphic novel, who seems within the trailer clad in a crimson cape and a trademark hangman’s noose round his — or her — neck.

Jeremy Irons: Next on the celebrated solid checklist, Irons is enjoying “the aging and imperious Lord of a British Manor,” aka an older Adrian Alexander Veidt/Ozymandias if the reviews are right. The billionaire genius who masterminded world peace in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation could have extra grand plans for the world (or a minimum of Tulsa, Oklahoma) within the TV adaptation.


Jeremy Irons, Regina King and Don Johnson star in HBO’s Watchmen.


We additionally know from the newest press launch that:

Don Johnson performs Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of PoliceJean Smart performs FBI Agent Laurie Blake — is she associated to the Comedian? Edward Blake, performed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan within the film, labored for the US authorities as a black-ops specialist… earlier than our pal Ozymandias had him killed for the better goodTim Blake Nelson performs the intriguingly-named Detective Looking GlassLouis Gossett Jr. performs Will Reeves, rumored to be Dr. Manhattan, who makes an look within the trailer, initially on Mars as proven in TV information protection, then apparently on Earth, scooping up a masks of his personalYahya Abdul-Mateen II (not too long ago seen in Black Mirror and Aquaman) performs Cal Abar, presumably associated to King’s characterTom Mison performs Mr. PhillipsFrances Fisher performs Jane CrawfordSara Vickers performs Ms. CrookshanksHong Chau performs Lady Trieu, a mysterious trillionaire

Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk even have components.

Comic-Con trailer

Just peeping out of Marvel’s huge shadow, HBO made its mark at San Diego Comic-Con this yr. Trailers for Westworld, His Dark Materials and Watchmen all introduced some hope to the Game of Thrones void. (Meanwhile, the Game of Thrones SDCC panel continued to supply premium drama.)

The newest Watchmen trailer presents a deeper look into plot particulars, together with a proof of why the police of this world put on yellow masks — to guard their identities from vigilante assaults. One of probably the most thrilling clips is a shot of a blue hand selecting up a blue masks. Is the space-travelling Dr. Manhattan able to arrange life again from Mars?

Teaser trailer

Our first take a look at HBO’s eight-episode adaptation reveals there’s not only one Rorschach mask-wearing vigilante on the market, there’s an entire underground neighborhood. Their speaker, featured on the very starting of the trailer, says, “We are no one, we are everyone and we are invisible.”

That does not bode properly for the destiny of this various universe, the place the “hibernating” vigilantes, or superheroes relying on the way you take a look at it, seem like enacting an rebellion which will result in a “reckoning” and conflict with the Tulsa Police Force. The ominous chanting of “ticktock, ticktock” actually sends a chill.

Development hell

Like all good superheroes, Watchmen’s historical past hasn’t been all smiles. Zack Snyder’s 2009 movie adaptation got here off the again of 20 years of growth hell. Twelve Monkeys’ director Terry Gilliam flirted with the challenge earlier than deeming the comedian (gathered right into a graphic novel in 1987) “unfilmable.” Others like Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and Paul Greengrass (The Bourne collection) entertained taking it on, earlier than Snyder stepped up in 2005.

His closing lower spanned 2 hours and 43 minutes, with an “Ultimate Cut” at three hours and 35 minutes. With an R-rating, six principal characters and a world set in another timeline that applies the multiverse concept, response was break up. But on the very least Snyder can declare to have given it a red-hot shot.

Now, a decade later, HBO is tackling Watchmen once more, however with a TV collection that provides showrunner Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) ample time to handle the comedian’s sophisticated narrative. That’s if he chooses to tread there in any respect. In a five-page open letter to followers, Lindelof, a lifelong fan of the graphic novel, detailed his intentions to not adapt the “sacred ground” however to remix it.

He flashed phrases like “original”, “contemporary” and “new faces” but in addition pressured that he would not “erase what came before.”


Lindelof will follow the unique story’s bones.


Setting, plot particulars

The trailers set up a conflict between an rebellion of vigilantes and the Tulsa Police Force, who additionally seem like donning masks to each defend themselves and go after criminals.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma setting, appears to comprise Lindelof’s adaptation on a barely smaller scale, regardless of footage of Dr. Manhattan on Mars. With this story going down after the occasions of Snyder’s film, characters like The Comedian are more likely to stay lifeless within the TV present’s timeline. But this doesn’t suggest Lindelof cannot nonetheless dip into the graphic novel’s solid of characters who have not been portrayed on display but.

HBO presents a reasonably normal description of the plot that covers Lindelof’s intentions to supply a contemporary tackle the unique story with out compromising the its bones:

“Based on the Alan Moore graphic novel, Watchmen is set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws. And while Lindelof (The Leftovers) plans to embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel, the series will also attempt to break new ground of its own.”

Lindelof likened his take to Noah Hawley’s Fargo TV collection, which grew to become “its own thing” from the Coen brothers’ authentic 1996 movie, he instructed Syfy in April, 2018. “I wouldn’t call Noah Hawley’s version of Fargo an adaptation because the film exists inside of his world, and so everything that happened in the film Fargo, it does precede the television show Fargo.”

All the best way again in 2009, earlier than  Snyder’s Watchmen got here out, Lindelof described to CBR how the film had influenced his writing: “From the flashbacks to the non-linear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write.”

So on the very least perhaps we are able to anticipate these components within the new collection, little doubt honed throughout Lindelof’s time writing Lost.

For his half, Watchmen comedian artist Dave Gibbons seems to approve of the script. “I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected,” he instructed Entertainment Weekly in September, 2018. “While it’s very reverential and true to the source material (by which I mean the Watchmen graphic novel that Alan and I did), it’s not retreading the same ground, it’s not a reinterpretation of it. It approaches it in a completely unexpected way.”

Release date, soundtrack, pilot

HBO has confirmed Lindelof’s “revamp” is coming in October, 2019, and in line with IMDb, the primary collection can be eight episodes, one-hour every, so there’s hefty display time for the massive solid of characters.

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Soundtrack followers, be aware that composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of The Social Network are on board.

Nicole Kassell, a HBO veteran from Westworld and Lindelof’s The Leftovers, directs the pilot. Lindelof praised Kassell for her work, posting on Instagram in June, 2018: “Yesterday, she called wrap on the pilot of Watchmen… and let there be no doubt — she WAS the pilot, navigating our owlship flawlessly from takeoff to landing.”

This story was initially revealed Oct. 19, 2018.