The original Watchmen 12-issue series ran in the 1980s and was very much a product of that time. It later spawned the 2009 live-action film with animated side story material. DC Comics hasn’t let the property really rest in recent years with a Before Watchmen batch of books and now the characters involved in the Doomsday Clock storyline that’s running as an event.
We knew previously that HBO was looking to bring the property to series form with an expanded view and not a strict adaptation of the original comic series with Damon Lindelof working on it after a fantastically successful run with the Leftovers series. The project was given a series order after the pilot that was produced late last summer and the show is on track for a fall 2019 debut. While we’ve had one trailer for it earlier this year, HBO rolled out a three-minute trailer for it as part of DCC to show off more of what they’re bringing out.
The cast includes Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson and Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.
The original comic was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.
Original Concept: In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect. WATCHMEN begins as a murder-mystery but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes—Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias—have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil.