When Zack Snyder’s neo-noir superhero drama Watchmen was released in 2009, like many of Snyder’s films, it was extremely divisive.
The decision to replace the Octopus from the Alan Moore comics with Dr. “I got my penis hanging out” Manhattan destroying the globe riled many fanboys and girls up.
We, on the other hand, fell in love with the film and its riveting characters including Manhattan, Nite Owl, Laurie and Sally Jupiter, The Comedian, villain Ozymandias and of course, Rorshach.
Now Leftovers and Lost creator, Damon Lindelof has set out to create a new Watchmen.
Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen looks like it will embrace the original groundbreaking graphic source material while attempting to break new ground of its own, per HBO.
The minute-long teaser shows off Jeremy Irons (who is apparently playing an older version of Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias) and features multiple mysterious groups — all wearing masks — teasing the “end of the world.” Watch below:
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. [Dave] Gibbons created thirty years ago,” wrote Lindelof, in a five-page letter he shared on Instagram. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. They will, however, be remixed.”
Will Watchmen be the new Game of Thrones? Will there be a Starbucks cup or Amazon Prime package mistakenly left on set? Time will tell.
The show’s cast includes Irons, Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.
The show will debut sometime this fall.