Last year, when showrunner Damon Lindelof posted a letter to Instagram about his upcoming Watchmen series for HBO, he classified it as a “remix.” On the one hand, this was good news for fans who were trepidatious about seeing the greatest comic book story of all time receive another direct sequel or adaptation. On the other hand, remixes already dominate the dance floor in Hollywood. When creators and critics use that word now, it either feels like industry code for a thinly disguised remake (amid all the other official remakes that are currently flooding the market), or it feels like a pejorative term for the repackaged greatest hits of a beloved IP.
By way of an example, this very week, we’ve got a new Terminator movie hitting theaters, which reviewers have likened to The Force Awakens of the franchise. However, if the first two episodes are any indication, that’s not what Lindelof’s Watchmen remix is. Instead, what it looks to be is a fascinating re-contextualization: a show that sets us down on familiar ground but updates it and makes it feel different enough that its echoes of Watchmen and other past superhero tales lay submerged within a fresh story.
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HBO’s Watchmen is off to a terrific start, thanks to showrunner Damon Lindelof taking the unusual approach of crafting a sequel to the seminal 1980s graphic novel instead of a direct adaptation of it. But it turns out the nine episodes in the first season may be all viewers get from Lindelof, because in a new interview, he indicates that if there is a Watchmen season 2, there’s a chance he could step down so a different person can tell their own story. Read his comments below.
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How many twists can you pile into one series? If anyone can overload a series with shocking turns, it’s Damon Lindelof, who practically made twists his bread and butter in series like Lost and The Leftovers. And it looks like HBO’s Watchmen will be no exception. In the wake of the cliffhanger at the end of last night’s Watchmen premiere, HBO has released a Watchmen season trailer that somehow teases even more twists and turns for the comic book series. Watch the Watchmen season trailer below.
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This Sunday night, HBO will premiere Watchmen, Damon Lindelof‘s live-action continuation of a story that began in the pages of a comic written by famed comic writer Alan Moore. Moore, who’s one of the biggest names in comics with credits like as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to his name, is a practicing occultist and magician who is notoriously unhappy to see any of his work adapted by anyone else, and in a new interview, Lindelof says he’s convinced that Moore actually put a “magical curse” on him because he made this new Watchmen show. Read More »
Who would say no to a tour of the Watchmen set from its Oscar-winning star Regina King? Not us. In anticipation of the HBO comic book series’ premiere in just a few days, a Watchmen behind the scenes featurette gives us a tour of the elaborate sets of the series. Well, some of them. Well, maybe one of them. Like the rest of the show, the Watchmen set is being kept under a tight lock, and King is forbidden by executive producer Damon Lindelof from showing more of the series than she needs to. Watch the Watchmen behind the scenes featurette below.
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Tick-tock. Time is of the essence for Damon Lindelof‘s upcoming Watchmen series, which continues the story of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ groundbreaking 1986 graphic novel. Set in modern day, the HBO Watchmen series imagines what would happen in the aftermath of the world-shattering event at the end of the original graphic novel. Maybe Robert Redford would run for president and win? Maybe police officers would start wearing masks to protect their own identities? Maybe a new legion of vigilantes would rise up in the face of racially-motivated terrorists?
The possibilities are endless, but Lindelof, who created, executive produces, and writes the series, wanted to focus on a very specific story that would be told in nine episodes
“It’s my very, very expensive bit of fanfic,” Lindelof joked at the Watchmen New York Comic-Con 2019 panel, where he confirmed that the HBO superhero series is set to run for only one nine-episode season. “The comics have a beginning, middle, and an end,” Lindelof said. “So does the first season.”
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How do you feel about heroes? That’s the question showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) asks in Watchmen, his new HBO show that picks up decades after the events of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal superhero comic series. But in a new featurette which showcases some brand new footage, Lindelof says potential audiences don’t need to have read the original graphic novel to understand what’s happening in this series. Check it out below. Read More »
The specter of time looms over Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic Watchmen comic, with its nuclear doomsday clock counting down toward the story’s unforgettable ending. But now, more than thirty years after the comic was first published, that story will continue in the form of a new TV show from Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers.)
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The first full-length trailer for HBO’s Watchmen premiered during Comic-Con and we’ve been exploring every frame, looking for Easter eggs and hints about what the show’s mysterious plot might entail. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ twelve-issue Watchmen series is arguably the greatest comic book story ever told. The collected edition is the only graphic novel that made it onto Time magazine’s list of the 100 best novels since 1923. Since Zack Snyder’s film adaptation hit theaters ten years ago, DC Comics has begun revisiting the world of Watchmen: first with the Before Watchmen line of titles, and more recently with the Doomsday Clock miniseries.
Like Doomsday Clock, showrunner Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen is venturing into “After Watchmen” territory. The show takes place in the same world some years after the original storyline, and judging from the trailer, it will include a fair number of connections and callbacks to the comics. Below, we’ll dive into all of those and more with our Watchmen trailer breakdown.
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Tick tock. As we continue to eagerly anticipate the release of showrunner Damon Lindelof‘s take on Watchmen for HBO, the network has finally unveiled a teaser trailer that gives us more than just a flash of what to expect. Compared to what we’ve seen of the upcoming superhero drama series thus far, this minute-long trailer feels like a full meal. Check it out below.
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