HBO has released our best look yet at their upcoming Watchmen TV series. Tick tock... the end of the world is being teased in the new footage, which barely resembles the iconic source material from Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore. Damon Lindelof has talked about using the source material to create something new, comparing it to a remix in the music world, and it appears he was true to his world. While the first look may be a little disappointing for some fans who were hoping for something similar to the comics, it certainly looks very intriguing and original.
Even though this is our best look yet at the Watchmen TV series, it definitely prompts more questions than answers. Damon Lindelof previously stated he had no intentions to take the source material and "adapt" it for the small screen, which is a pretty risky idea. However, fans who wanted to see a continuation of the story are more than likely going to be pretty excited by the haunting and mysterious visuals presenting themselves in the teaser trailer.
New ground is being broken as the superheroes are treated as outlaws in the Watchmen TV series. Dave Gibbons was asked about the series late last year and while he couldn't say much about it, he did give it his approval. Gibbons' approval on the series should go a long way in getting some fans on board. He had this to say.
"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."
Damon Lindelof's bold idea to take the iconic source material and turn it on its head is a bold move. However, it sounds and looks like he has taken a good risk, which could pay off in further seasons of the show. That will all really depend on how the fans accept it when it premieres later this year. Dave Gibbons spoke more about how the Watchmen series differs from the source material. He explains.
"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 the source material (by which I mean the Watchmen graphic novel that Alan (Moore) 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."
Not a whole lot is clear about the characters of Watchmen, but the cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. Hopefully we'll get a better idea about the specifics in the coming weeks. Until then, you can check out the first teaser trailer for the Watchmen series below, thanks to the HBO YouTube channel.