Created by Damon Lindeloff
(Lost, Star Trek Into The Darkness)
Regina King as Angela Abar
Don Johnson as Chief Judd Crawford
Tim Blake Nelson as Looking Glass
Louis Gossett Jr. as Old Man
Adelaide Clemens as Pirate Jenny
Andrew Howard as Red Scare
Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Tom Mison as Marcos Maez / Mime
Sara Vickers as Erika Manson / Marionette
Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford
Jacob Ming-Trent as Panda
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abraham
Adelynn Spoon as Emma Abar
Lily Rose Smith
Jean Smart as Agent Blake
“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”
He adds, “They will, however be remixed .”
To Lindelof, his new series takes the events of the original as canon but fast forwards to our current time, far removed from the drama of the Watchmen and what repercussions their actions have left upon the world.
In short: Watchmen on HBO is a sequel, just not the sort of sequel you’re used to. While Jeremy Irons is starring as an aged Ozymandias, and armed vigilantes have appropriated Rorschach’s mask, the new series is only loosely tied to the actual characters and story of the original.
We’re not seeing Dan/Nite-Owl II and Laurie/Silk Spectre II living as married couple under new identities. We’re not following Doctor Manhattan living in isolation on Mars. And we’re definitely not seeing an adaptation of Doomsday Clock the actual comic book sequel that includes DC heroes like Batman and Superman in the story of Watchmen.
But nothing ends, anyway.