Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What to expect from Netflix’ take on The Watchmen

By now, fans of comic book adaptations and superheroes would be aware of the upcoming Netflix reimagining of Alan Moore’s The Watchmen. But what’s interesting is that its creator has gone on record to insist that, unlike the movie some years back, the series is not an outright adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel, explains comic book buff Joseph Cianciotto.

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The hype is certainly present, as this new Watchmen iteration is being developed by Damon Lindelof, the man behind successful TV sagas Lost and The Leftovers. Lindelof explains that the series will take place in the same universe of the graphic novel, but it will present new heroes and storylines and not simply reprise the plot of the original. Nonetheless, Jeremy Irons is starring and playing Adrian Veidt, so we can still connect the series with the novel.

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Lindelof has likewise been somewhat ambiguous in his posts about the TV series, saying that he has no desire to “retread nor recreate nor reboot” the twelve issues of Moore and Dave Gibbon’s comic books. In the same breath, he cautions that his series is also not to be interpreted as a sequel. Instead, Lindelof insists that the source material is sacred ground, and while the new story will be set in that world, his version will be more contemporary: it “will resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin."

For now, what’s sure is that the new HBO show is generating both excitement and anticipation, especially with the cable channel’s hugely popular Game of Thrones now in its final season, Joseph Cianciotto adds. In any case, we should expect to see (and judge for ourselves) this intriguing new Watchmen take late this May.

Digital media native Joseph Cianciotto obtained his degree in Visual Communications from Carnegie Mellon. He resides in Long Island, NY with his wife Jen and daughters Hannah and Sophie. Visit this blog for similar posts.

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