(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Zack Snyder’s Watchmen adaptation is a best case scenario situation.)
I will be the first to admit that Zack Snyder’s interpretation of Watchmen isn’t perfect. In fact, in some respects it’s a very strangely paced and plotted film, very long with meandering diversions into the psyches of its large and often disconnected cast to the point that it’s a turn-off for casual viewers looking for just another superhero movie. However, it’s one of the few comic book films that attempts a faithful adaptation of a specific and limited comic run, rather than just of the characters or brands that usually inspire the films of the Marvel and DC cinematic universes. Because of this, the film is often maligned as either being too faithful to its source material, not faithful enough, or even decried for its very existence, as comic author Alan Moore has in no uncertain terms.
10 years on (Watchmen opened on March 6, 2009), it’s easy to look back on Watchmen and recognize what the film was attempting and the ways it succeeded rather than failed, and while Moore’s comic is still the gold standard for telling this story, Snyder’s commitment to making a cinematic parallel made for probably the best version of this film we could possibly have hoped for.
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HBO has quite the slate of programming coming to the cable channel this year, and they want to get everyone excited for what’s in store. That’s why they’ve released a 2019 sizzle reel with new footage from the anticipated return of shows like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies, not to mention new shows like Watchmen, His Dark Materials and The Righteous Gemstones. Plus, fans will be excited to see a quick tease of the Deadwood movie, along with a slate of the rest of the HBO original movies and documentaries that are on the way.
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In this edition of TV bits:
- “Weird Al” Yankovic will play a Smoking Man Baby on Happy!
- Some nerdy professor named a beetle after Game of Thrones dragons.
- Fox is developing an animated series called Therapy Dog.
- Watch the trailer for One Day At a Time season 3.
- Oh, and watch the trailer for The Last O.G. season 2, too.
- Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone adds DeWanda Wise & Jessica Williams.
- Hong Chau joins the cast of Watchmen.
- Bourne spin-off series Treadstone fills out its cast.
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The mystery surrounding Damon Lindelof‘s upcoming Watchmen series is not getting any clearer, even with the casting of a “key” supporting character. Dustin Ingram, star of the CMT series Sun Records, is joining the Watchmen cast in a recurring role that remains undisclosed.
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HBO knows what you want: teasers! The cable network has a big year ahead in 2019, with the final season of Game of Thrones airing, along with their Watchmen show, Big Little Lies season 2, and more. To get everyone hyped up, HBO has released a 2019 teaser that features our first look at Watchmen TV series footage, along with a Game of Thrones season 8 tease, a clip from Big Little Lies season 2, and more. Check it out below. Read More »
Who is lending their voices to the animated Batman: Hush movie? How long is Captain Marvel according to AMC Theatres? Could Avengers: Endgame introduce an obscure Marvel character? When does Once Upon a Deadpool hit Blu-ray and Digital? Want to get some Shazam shoes like director David F. Sandberg? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
We’re intensely curious about what Damon Lindelof is cooking up over at HBO with his new Watchmen TV series, but in true mystery box fashion, the creator/showrunner is keeping us largely in the dark about the specifics of what he’s doing. Instead, the Watchmen Instagram account has revealed two new looks at some of the show’s characters, giving us a better view of the masked police officer characters seen in last month’s first look photo. Take a look below. Read More »
Want a first look at the upcoming Arrowverse crossover Elseworlds? How long has Chris Pine known that he would return as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman 1984? When will DC’s Legends of Tomorrow return from the midseason break? What would Spider-Man look like in a vibranium suit in the MCU? What do the breakdowns for Black Widow supporting characters tell us about the movie? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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You may know Tim Blake Nelson as the hapless Delmar O’Donnell in the Coen Brothers’ Homeric comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but the successful character actor is about to step into a totally different type of world with Damon Lindelof‘s unconventional new Watchmen TV series.
In a recent interview, Nelson (who also appears as the title character in the Coens’ upcoming western anthology The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) says the Watchmen HBO show is “way beyond your run of the mill comic adaptation”, shares what the Coens and Lindelof have in common, and explains how his role in the highly-anticipated new show was expanded for him.
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Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 by Jacob Hall
HBO’s Watchmen has been officially ordered to series, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lot of information out there about this mysterious project. This show, like justice, has gone hooded – its identity remains a well-kept secret.
However, a few new details have come to light. We knew that Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons had joined the cast, but /Film has learned that he is playing none other than the older version of Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, a key character from the original Watchmen comic series. In addition, we can exclusively report that Legion and Fargo star Jean Smart has joined the cast of the show as a mysterious FBI agent.
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