A vigilante movement, inspired by the slain superhero Rorschach, embarks on a deadly terror spree in the new teaser for HBO’s upcoming adaptation of the famed graphic novel, Watchmen. An exact premiere date has yet to be announced, though the show is expected to arrive this fall.
Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) will helm the series, which won’t be a straight remake like Zack Snyder’s divisive 2009 film, but rather a “remixed” story that will “embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”
The new teaser doesn’t offer much in the way of plot points, but it does revolve around a movement of people who have modeled themselves after the vigilante Rorschach. Watchmen creator Alan Moore notably crafted Rorschach in the vein of Steve Ditko’s famously right-wing heroes, Mr. A and the Question, and the way Lindelof presents the new Rorschach disciples is strikingly reminiscent of extreme right-wing and White supremacist groups.
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As the Rorschach vigilantes mobilize, the trailer offers quick glimpses of the other Watchmen heroes including Nite Owl and Doctor Manhattan, while Jeremy Irons appears to play an aged Ozymandias, who at one point seems to take the fate of the world into his hands again when he plunges the trigger of a detonator.
Along with Irons, the cast for HBO’s Watchmen will feature Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson and more. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were tapped to compose the score.
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