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Even though we’ve known for months what the look, feel, and, albeit a bit vaguely, the plot of HBO’s Watchmen would be, it’s been tough to really understand how this show fits into the timeline — if at all — established in the 12-issues Watchmen graphic novel series first created by Alan Moore. Now, series creator Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) is clarifying where his show sits in that timeline and what audiences can expect in terms of story continuity in the wake of Moore’s Watchmen series.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in an extensive interview about the Watchmen series, Lindelof wanted to be clear about how exactly we should categorize this show:
Look - Series - Sequel - Box - Reboot
Look, [the new series] certainly fits into the “sequel” box, and definitely doesn’t fit into the “reboot” box. We treat the original 12 issues as canon. They all happened. We haven’t done any revisionist history, but we can maneuver in between the cracks and crevices and find new stories there.
Given the fact that the trailers for Watchmen have already teased the return of original characters including Laurie Blake (who will be played by Jean Smart in the HBO series) and Adrian Veidt (who will now be played by Jeremy Irons), Lindelof’s comments about this series acting as a sequel make sense. It should also come as a relief to fans (myself included) that this is not a reboot. In this way, it hints at Lindelof’s respect for both Moore’s creation and, to a degree, director Zack Snyder‘s 2009 adaptation of the graphic novel. Now, whether or not...
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