HBO has released a couple of intriguing new teasers for their upcoming Watchmen TV series. Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers) is in the driver's seat for this adaptation of the beloved and important DC Comics series from the legendary Alan Moore. It's been made very clear up to this point that this TV show won't be a direct adaptation of the book in the way that Zack Snyder's movie was. Instead, this is going to be a new story set within the same universe, which will feature some very strange police officers.
We previously got a glimpse of a cop in a yellow mask via a similar teaser. Now, the network has released two additional motion images with these same masked officers of the law. What we know for sure now is that there aren't just one of these masked cops running around. The first teaser, which features the tagline "Masks Save Lives," sees a whole group of them standing at attention in a hallway. The second features a lone masked officer standing in front of a squad car shining into the dark with a flashlight. This teaser comes with the caption "hiding in plain sight."
So what does this mean as it specifically relates to the small screen version of Watchmen? That's a very difficult question to answer without more context, but a major theme in the graphic novel has to do with superheroes being outlawed by the government. That makes the line "Masks Save Lives" all the more interesting. Why would officers of the law now be dressed to resemble masked heroes if they were outlawed in that universe some time ago? If nothing else, this raises all sorts of questions about Damon Lindelof's take on the material, which we know will be taking place, at least in part, years after the events of the Watchmen comic book.
There are going to be a mix of new and familiar characters in the show. It was recently confirmed that Jeremy Irons will play an older version of Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias. Beyond that, no other specific characters from the book have been confirmed. The cast also includes Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers and Dylan Schombing.
Zack Snyder previously adapted Watchmen for the big screen in a very faithful, if not universally beloved, take on the source material. The movie was a modest success at the box office, but may have been a bit ahead of its time. The time certainly feels right in many ways for a TV series adaptation. But will fans take to Damon Lindelof's interpretation of the material? We'll have to wait and see how that goes. Watchmen is filming now and HBO has yet to announce an official premiere date. Be sure to check out the new teasers from the Watchmen Instagram account below.