Watchmen is a critically acclaimed comic book and while there had been a movie adaptation by Zack Snyder before, but this TV series adaptation of The Watchmen promises to be absolutely different. HBO has released a full teaser trailer for the upcoming live action series. Here is your first look at the Watchmen TV series:
What Is The Watchmen TV series About?
Watchmen is a love letter to the iconic DC Comics graphic novel of the same name. But it still forges its own narrative territory.
When the series was in its early stages, then executive producer Damon Lindelof said on social media that:
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are scared 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 twelve original 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.”
When Dave Gibbons, the co-creator of the original Watchmen comics was asked if he knew anything about the new series. He replied:
“I do know a little about it. I’ve had conversations with Damon, and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected. I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen.”
Gibbons reiterates what Lindelof had said about not retreading on the sacred twelve issue comicbook material:
“I’ve been resistant to the comic book prequels and sequels, but what Damon’s doing is not that at all, it’s very far away from that. While it’s very reverential and true to their source material it’s not retreading the same ground, it’s not a reinterpretation of it. It approaches it in a completely unexpected way.”