Watchmen TV series gets its first teaser trailer

Will you be watching the Watchmen TV show? Here’s a new teaser trailer that’s trying to convince you to do so…

“Set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws,” the official synopsis explains, “this drama series from executive producer Damon Lindelof embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own.

“The cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers and Dylan Schombing. ”

Lindelof, who co-created and served as showrunner onĀ Lost, is a passionate fan of the Watchmen comics, who has an interesting take on how to bring this world to the small screen.

Here’s the trailer…

And here’s how Lindelof has described his approach to making the show…

“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”

“They will, however, be remixed. Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it…it all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen. The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica. To be clear, Watchmen is canon. Just the way Mr. Moore wrote it, the way Mr. Gibbons drew it and the way the brilliant John Higgins coloured it.”

Sounds to us like a sequel series that will feature plenty of nods to the original Watchmen comics.

HBO will broadcast the show in the USA, with Sky Atlantic doing the honours here in the UK. Neither channel’s premiere date has been announced yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated…