– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Watchmen has been around for decades and was commenting on the concept of superheroes before superheroes were even really cool in the mainstream media. Now we’ve long since passed that point, and if you’ve seen Amazon Prime’s The Boys, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, or even the 2009 Zack Snyder version of Watchmen, you know we’re well within the deconstruction era of superhero stories on TV and film.

HBO’s Watchmen is yet another step in that direction, and while it’s been confirmed that the new show takes place well after the events of the graphic novel, we now know, thanks to a featurette whether or not that graphic novel is necessary reading.

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“Our Watchmen honors the graphic novel,” says creator Damon Lindelof, “without making it necessary to have read it in order to understand this new story.”

In this alternate reality, there is a new terrorist organization on the rampage, and because of that, police are forced to wear masks in order to protect their families, which turns into this whole thing of not knowing good guys from bad guys, and both sides wearing masks.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.