The word Watchmen comes with a lot of weight. In the eyes of many readers, it stands as one of the greatest pieces of literature of all time — including all the other non-comic-book material out there, which is no small feat given the pretentiousness of the literary world. So, when we first heard that HBO would be making a new TV series, we did not take it likely.
Would they ever actually be able to capture the essence of the graphic novel, and was there a point in trying since the 2009 Zack Snyder (in my opinion) already did an admirable job? Well, that wasn’t their approach at all in this show, which you can easily see below!
The new Watchmen takes place in an alternate present-day following the events of the graphic novel, meaning they live in a world where Ozymandias successfully took out millions using his fake alien, supposedly uniting them under a common cause. It also means that Rorschach’s journal has since gone out there, so there’s likely a huge schism between those who believe Ozymandias and those who believe Rorschach.
The trailer shows off a world where both vigilantes and cops now wear masks, and while I can’t say I fully understand the politics based on this trailer, it’s clear this whole conflict is careening towards a cliff. I just can’t wait to see what happens when it all comes tumbling down.
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