At long last, we have finally gotten a look at HBO’s upcoming adaptation of the Watchmen comics. Though the series won’t debut until this fall, the first trailer has arrived for Watchmen, giving a peek into the world the series will be set in.
While the trailer is brief, it sets up a story that seems to be set after the events of the Watchmen graphic novel. Based on what little we see, a group clearly inspired by masked vigilante Rorschach are preparing to take up arms. “We are no one, we are everyone,” the leader of the masked clan says. “And we are invisible.”
It could certainly be the way the trailer is cut together, but it seems like this group the vigilantes are coming up against are the police. “We convinced ourselves they were gone,” a senior officer played by Don Johnson tells his fellow cops, in reference to the vigilantes. “But they were just hibernating.”
What remains to be seen is how the story will play out. It’s possible HBO’s take on Watchmen will largely tell the tale of vigilantes vs. police. However, the trailer also sees the character played by Regina King suiting up in a vigilante costume or her own, the centerpiece of which is a police badge.
The teaser also gives us the first look at Jeremy Irons as an older version of Ozymandias, the villainous figure central to the graphic novel. Additionally, yet another masked character is seen, though not identified.
Sadly, the official series description, released in conjunction with the trailer, doesn’t give any more hints as to what the series is about. It reads, “Set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws, 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.”
So you’re just going to have to wait for plot details. At the very least, though, we know who will appear in Watchmen. In addition to King, Johnson, and Irons, the series stars, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.
Watchmen premieres in the fall on HBO.