On October 21st the Watchmen return. Not to the big screen, but to every one of your homes via the power of television.
And here you thought going digital was a good idea.
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen, from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”; HBO’s “The Leftovers”) embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Nicole Kassell directs the pilot from a script written by Lindelof.
Not too sure if that Lindelof thing is particularly good news given the trauma of many thanks to LOST, but hey, maybe unanswered scenarios may work well for the Watchmen.
You can check out more on the show with this more recent teaser from HBO:
The show seems to be functioning as a sort of sequel to the comic series (as conically as a sequel as a television show can get) set a good thirty years after the events of the comic.
While there may have been an early chance of the series tying into Zack Snyder’s 2009 take on the story for the big screens, HBO has since confirmed that nothing came out of talks with the director. This, theoretically, means that the show could be considered a branch off the comic rather than the movie.
It also remains to be seen if this may have any effect on the R-Rated animated adaptation that DC had been planning as part of their animated feature line-up. It’s been two years though, so that may have fallen through.
In the meantime, if you’re looking to just whet your Watchmen appetite a little more, get yourself a copy of the film’s Blu-Ray and check out the Director’s Cut. Unlike recent DC movies, this was one where the Snyder cut is truly worth your time.