The new HBO series inspired by the classic comic book series Watchmen has been shrouded in mystery thus far, with stories and characters kept largely under wraps. While we wait to learn the truth, here's a look at everything we know and think we know.
Rumors about Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof wanting to develop a Watchmen series brewed as early as 2014, but it wasn't until August 2018 that Variety reported HBO had officially given the show the greenlight.
In May 2018, Lindelof posted a five-page letter on Instagram addressed to Watchmen fans, retelling pieces of his own life story in the non-linear style in which we learn the story of Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen #4. He went on to describe his vision as not so much an adaptation as a "remix" of the original story likening the comic book series to the Bible's Old Testament and his series to the New Testament.
So far, the only major character from the comics confirmed to appear in the series is the mastermind Ozymandias, played by Jeremy Irons, and he's clearly much older than he was in the original story. There's also the cult of Rorschach, but it's doubtful the original is among them. The other masked characters all appear brand new.
The question still remains: If the events of the HBO Watchmen series take place after the events of the comic book series, then did things unfold as they did in the comic book series? For example, did Ozymandias' plan conclude with the appearance of the artificial alien like in the comics, or with the faked Dr. Manhattan assault on New York City from Zack Snyder's film? And what happened to the other characters from the comic? Keep watching the video to see all the HBO Watchmen rumors and spoilers leaked so far!
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A dangerous show | 0:14
Future shock | 1:01
The cast | 1:39
Manta returns | 2:49
A steady hand | 3:16
Social media teases | 3:44
Rorschach pack | 4:30
Agent Petey's 'vast knowledge' | 5:26