The first trailer for HBO’s Watchmen TV adaptation is upon us. The project, spearhead by Damon Lindelof is slated to debut in the Fall with a re-imagined feel meant to breathe “modernity” into Alan Moore’s comic book blueprint. In Lindelof’s altered universe, the superheroes” are rendered in a compromising light as “outlaws,” while altogether adhering to the story’s major sticking points.
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As you’ll see, the HBO trailer isn’t going for enigmatic appeal, as the montage cuts to various and settings to give the viewer a general layout of the film’s mise en scene. Die-hard fans of the iconic graphic novel will likely notice the subtle changes to the characters, at least in appearance.
For one, the “Chief Judd” played by Don Johnson has a short speaking part in the trailer, where he says, “We convinced ourselves that they were gone, but they were just hibernating,” in what seems to be a nod to their outlaw/exiled status. “Angela Abraham” played by Regina King, is also depicted in the promo clip, donning a reflective mask. While a majority of the cast members listed in the show’s production mock-up are hard to make out because Lindelof’s costume design is completely re-imagined as well.
Speaking of which: the remainder of the cast is made up of Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. Spot them if you can.