HBO has confirmed their Watchmen series will premiere on October 20th. In addition, the network has provided viewers with a new behind-the-scenes look at the massive superhero drama. David Lindelof wants fans of the comic book source material to be get into the show, but he also wanted to create something that stands on its own, meaning potential viewers don't have to be experts to enjoy it. The new featurette is easily our best look at the Watchmen series thus far.
The Watchmen series begins when a new terrorist organization takes out some cops in a targeted attack. This leads to the police wearing masks to hide their identity, while the idea between good and bad starts to blur as people find new freedom from concealing their identities. Confusing things further, the show takes place in an alternate universe where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. Many were wondering what HBO was going to do without Game of Thrones, and Watchmen just might be the answer in terms of scope and ambitiousness.
The nostalgia of the source material is all over the Watchmen featurette, along with cast and crew interviews. Regina King says the show is the biggest TV production she's ever been a part of, while showrunner David Lindelof continues to tease fans of the source material about what and who will be in the series. HBO is taking a pretty big risk with the series, especially since it deviates so much away from the beloved source material. Either fans are going to get into it and the new world within a world that Lindelof has created, or they're not. Alan Moore has already revealed his displeasure with the series.
HBO's Watchmen examines how we as a society feel about heroes, most notably people who wear masks and fight crime. Like the source material by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, there is a social commentary thrown into the mix, which is sure to make some viewers think about the real-world. This could be another point of contention for certain viewers who are looking to escape the real-world for a few hours a week. With the show set to debut in October, we'll soon find out how viewers respond to the show.
Watchmen could end up being a big hit for HBO, who is in need of some big shows to fill in the hole that Game of Thrones has left wide open. Thankfully, it looks they have some exciting material on the way to compete with Netflix, Amazon, and the upcoming Disney+ streaming platform. In addition to Regina King, Watchmen also stars 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. You can watch the teaser for the upcoming series thanks to the HBO YouTube channel.