Writer/creator Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) took to the stage at New York Comic Con 2019 to allow the audience to meet the impressive cast for his impending HBO series, Watchmen. He also gave those in attendance a special treat—a sneak peek at the entire first episode which debuts on Sunday, October 20th, 2019 at 9:00 PM EST. This article will not spoil anything, nor does it serve as a review for this pilot, but it will provide insight into what the series is all about as well as the inspiration.
Beginning simply, Watchmen the 2019 series is a continuation of the infamous graphic novel created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in the mid-1980s. It is not a reboot of the source material, nor does it have anything to do with the 2009 film by Zach Snyder. While explaining his vision, Lindelof (a long time fan who shared a heartwarming story of receiving the comics as a boy from his father) jokingly called the production “one of the most expensive pieces of fan fiction ever made.”
This series asks the question—what if the events in the original Watchmen book happened? What would that alternate reality look like in 2019?
It is also important to note that Watchmen is currently planned as a 9-episode comprehensive arc. Lindelof noted that he wanted to create something that had a clear resolution—and teased added with complete self-awareness, that his definition of “resolution” has at times differed from others. The creative team did note, however, that if audiences had a positive reaction to Watchmen and were vocal about wanting more, they would at least consider crafting another season.
Finally, the show received on-stage endorsement from co-creator Dave Gibbons who admitted that he was skeptical of the project at first but agreed that Lindelof had indeed preserved the spirit of his book in that it is a story not about superheroes, but rather a mirror version of our current society.
While reviews are embargoed until the release date, we can report that the audience was incredibly enthusiastic about what they saw, and the first episode received an uproarious ovation.
Watchmen debuts on HBO on October 20, 2019.
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