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At Long Last, Our First Look at HBO’s Upcoming Adaptation of ‘Watchmen’

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brian-mcgee - May 9, 2019

 

If there's one thing you can say about Zack Snyder's 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, it's that it was a pretty comprehensive and slavishly faithful adaptation of a book deemed un-filmable by its creator and numerous filmmakers. He pulled off the feat of capturing the essence of the story in three hours, something previously thought impossible.

A decade on, word came down that HBO was taking its own shot at adapting Watchmen, but as this first trailer indicates, this is a continuation of the story from the film and graphic novel. In this world, a cult has sprung up around Rorschach's diary, with masked vigilantes taking to the street in emulation of their deceased icon. Some of the original story's characters are still hanging around like Jeremy Irons as an aged Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, but this is mostly full of new characters.

I'm curious to see what this turns out to be, as it obviously has a lot of potential, however, Damon Lindelof is the guy behind this. His entire schtick is great setup, lackluster payoff. For examples of this see Lost, Prometheus, Tomorrowland, The Leftovers, Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, basically everything he's ever done. Hopefully this bucks the trend.

Watchmen debuts on HBO this fall, hopefully to fill the gaping hole left in your life when Game of Thrones ends a week from Sunday.

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