HBO’s Watchmen series looks to be the streaming service’s new “go to” show after the end of Game of Thrones. Based on the 1980s DC Comics graphic novel created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the series is more of a remix than a direct adaptation. Series creator Damon Lindelof serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer.
“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original,” Lindelof wrote.
Watchmen portrays a world where superheroes are outlawed due to their dangerous, violent outcomes and method of work. This doesn’t sit well with some of these masked vigilantes who in turn begin a revolution, while other heroes try to stop it.
Zack Synder directed the 2009 Watchmen film which became a polarizing topic amongst fans and critics. Lindelof seemed to find some inspiration not only from the comics but also from Synder’s work in regards to visual appearance and style.
Alan Moore has made it clear that he wants no part or affiliation with the HBO series. While partaking in the Television Critics Association Q&A, HBO programming president Casey Bloys mentioned Moore’s disapproval for the adaptation.
“I think that remains the case,” said Bloys. “That he’s not thrilled.”
Lindelof used Moore’s own words as a response to his comments.
“He would say, ‘F–k you. I’m doing it anyway’… so I’m channeling the spirit of Alan Moore to tell Alan Moore, ‘F–k you. I’m doing it anyway,’” said Lindelof.
Watchmen co-creator and artist Dave Gibbons had a different opinion about the series than his
“I do know a little about it,” Gibbons said. “I’ve had conversations with Damon, and I’ve read the screenplay for the pilot. I don’t think it’s my place to say too much about it, other than I found Damon’s approach to be really refreshing and exciting and unexpected. I don’t think it’s gonna be what people think it’s going to be. It certainly wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I think it’s extremely fresh. I’m really looking forward to seeing it on the screen.”
Watchmen premieres on October 2019 on HBO.