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What a curiosity HBO’s Watchmen series is shaping up to be. Inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ celebrated graphic novel of the same name, the new series from The Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof just dropped an Easter Egg-heavy trailer during SDCC that teased some unexpected to connections to the iconic graphic novel, while also revealing some alt-universe flourishes that promised a whole new spin on the material. A world where cops where masks, Rorschach inspired a racist cult, and Dr. Manhattan is still chilling on Mars. Turns out, that was just scratching the surface.
Lindelof revealed new details for his upcoming series at the Television Critics Association press tour today, where he was joined by star Regina King and director/EP Nicole Kassell, to field questions from the press (who were given the pilot episode beforehand). It sounds like Watchmen will once again drop audiences into an entirely new, politically-charged alt-universe that doesn’t hold back on the cultural commentary.
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“It is not supposed to be a world that you recognize,” Lindelof said during the TCA panel. “What is actual history and what is alt-history and things start to get blended in the middle,” he added. Lindelof confirmed that Watchmen is set in 2019 but, in some key ways, a very different 2019 from the one we know. For one thing, as eagle-eyed viewers picked up in the Comic-Con trailer, America sits under the control of President Robert Redford. Yes, that Robert Redford.
You may recall the reference at the end of the Watchmen comic that Redford was thinking of running in the 1988 election, but Lindelof clarified the timeline during the panel, explaining that Nixon won another term and died in office, leaving VP Gerald Ford in charge. In the world of Watchmen, Ford lost the 1992 election to Redford, who remains in...
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