DC has its separate TV universe set up. The latest report just confirmed that the comic book giant is expanding its presence to the small screen. One of its properties is being developed into a series for HBO with Warner Bros. Television producing it.
Watchmen being developed for HBO
Lindelof is known for his work on The Leftovers and will now be returning to the network for the aforementioned project. Justice League director Zack Snyder who once helmed a feature film titled Watchmen is no longer involved with the TV series.
Lindelof’s statement about Watchmen
Talking about Watchmen, the writer stated that he has been a fan of the comic books ever since he was a kid. He has read the entire comic series and it still continues to influence his work.
Describing how the comic series has influenced his work, he that flashbacks, deeply flawed characters, and non-linear storytelling are just some of the elements that he tries to incorporate in his work.
He had also praised Snyder’s vision for Watchmen when the movie released back in 2009. He believed the director’s movie was the most original and closely followed the text version that has been made till date.
Commenting on what approach he would like to take with the TV series, he stated that he wants to keep it limited. However, he did not elaborate more on this.
Second attempt of making Watchmen
Variety reported that the new TV series would be HBO’s second attempt at bringing the DC property on the small screen. They tried to develop it back in 2014 but it never materialized. It is also being reported that Lindelof’s version will be completely independent and different.
Origin and story of Watchmen
Watchmen is a miniseries published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987. It featured an alternate reality where superheroes emerged in the 40’s and 60’s. Their presence greatly altered history as the world was on the verge of witnessing a World War III in the 80’s.
With the US and the Soviet Union about to wage nuclear war, someone started targeting these superheroes. Most of the superheroes were already retired during this time except for Dr. Manhattan and The Comedian.
These two superheroes worked for the US government as sanctioned agents. Also, Dr. Manhattan was the only one who had actual superpowers. Things got complicated with The Comedian’s murder.
He had become aware of a plot to kill all the superheroes and before he could uncover the conspiracy, he was killed. His death triggered other superheroes like Rorschach, Nite Owl II, Dr. Manhattan and Silk Spectre II to come out of retirement.
While investigating the Comedian’s murder, Rorschach was framed for another murder. After Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II took him out of prison, they discovered evidence that one of their own must be behind the whole conspiracy.
It was later revealed that the man responsible for all of this was Adrian Veidt who was once a superhero called Ozymandias. He wanted to unite the US and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear war by making everyone believe that there is another common enemy.
To hide his real motive, he murdered The Comedian, framed Rorschach, made Dr. Manhattan leave the planet and even staged an attempt on his own life.
Watchmen movie by Zack Snyder
Snyder’s version of Watchmen was almost the same as the comic books. Reviews about the movie were divisive but it is highly adored amongst loyal comic book fans. The movie featured an ensemble cast including Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and others.
Other superhero TV series
Once work officially starts on Watchmen, it would join the likes of Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and other TV series that have expanded the superhero genre on TV.
It could become another successful project for HBO whose show Game of Thrones already has a massive following.
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