Here at GQ, we think Watchmen didn't nearly get kind of mainstream love it deserved. It was a dark superhero movie in a time before dark Superhero movies really became a thing - a gritty, neo-noir inspired epic that spanned over 4 hours in its longest cut and and served as a remarkable indictment of the complex, conspiracy-laden world of about Cold War America.
Thankfully, HBO seem to have realised this, announcing that the iconic Graphic Novel - which considering that the director's cut went for over 4 hours, was probably always more suited to a TV show than it was a movie anyway - will come back to life as a TV show, having been green-lit for a first season.
Now, we have our first look at the show, courtesy of a post on Watchmen's new official Instagram. Naturally it gives away very few details, merely presenting a new character from the series: a masked vigilante wearing a yellow bandana. IGN have put forward a couple of theories, positing it may be a reference to Silk Spectre's classic black and gold outfit, or that it may be directly inspired by the Comedian and designed as an homage to Edward Blake.
HBO originally ordered a pilot for the show late last year, and have since announced that the cast for the new show will include Regina King (Southland), Jeremy Irons (Justice League), Tim Blake Nelson (Wormwood), and more. They also divulged that the new Watchmen will be “set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws,” embracing “the nostalgia” of the original graphic novel while “break[ing] new ground of its own.”
Damon Lindelof, who created the upcoming remake, has previously said that the show will "remix" the plot of Alan Moore's original work. Moore has previously claimed that the graphic novel, which he wrote specifically to play to the strengths of the medium, is "unfilmable" in its purest form.
Release details about the upcoming Watchmen show have now been released, with HBO confirming that the show will drop on October 20. They also took to Twitter to drop a new and final teaser for the show, which simply states 'Everything Begins' on that date.
What we now know from the trailer, and according to Collider, is that Watchmen will tell a story where the police find themselves hunted by an underground terrorist group styled after the vigilante Rorschach (the narrator of Moore’s Watchmen). Regina King in particular will play a new hero created specifically for the show.
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