HBO has released an official teaser trailer for Watchmen, the new show based on the seminal DC Comics storyline of the 1980s. The clip runs just over a minute and features snippets of characters and imagery that is meant to pique interest, but for fans of the comics, leaves a great many questions. Watchmen was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and told the story of a world where superheroes had come and gone, and was now on the brink of nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. It was a world that needed its heroes more than ever, and one ex-hero answered the call in devastating fashion.
This new HBO live action version of Watchmen has nothing to do with the 2009 film by Zack Snyder, and was created by LOST veteran Damon Lindelof. This version seemingly uses the comics as a launching point for a new story altogether, and not an adaption. As of right now, only one classic Watchmen character is confirmed for this project, Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt, played by Jeremy Irons.
For comics fans who’ve been reading DC’s sprawling 12-issue Doomsday Clock mini-series, which is a sequel of sorts to the Moore and Gibbons classic, two characters from that story are also in this version of Watchmen. Mime/Marcos Maez, played by Tom Mison, and Marionette/Erika Manson, played by Sara Vickers crossover from the comics to live action.
This addition actually sheds some light on the story of HBO’s Watchmen, in a way, as Mime and Marionette play pivotal roles in Doomsday Clock’s plot, and without giving anything away, their inclusion here, coupled with Adrian Veidt’s advanced age, points this series in an interesting direction.
Watchmen also stars Regina King, Louis Gossett, Jr., Jean Smart, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Even if HBO’s Watchmen takes the story into uncharted territory, this teaser serves as an appetizer for the debate that comics fans will be having from now until the fall, when the show is set to premiere. The imagery of an army of Rorshach followers chanting, cops in faceless masks, more clocks than should be allowed in a one-minute teaser, and Don Johnson’s Chief Judd mentioning the end of the world are enough to get fans excited. Check it out below.
Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen premieres this fall on HBO.