Watchmen is a 2019 HBO series in ten episodes created by Damon Lindelof and inspired by the eponymous comic books by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The story is original, as it is not an adaptation of the Moore/Gibbons comics, nor is it based on the 2009 film or any following material. Gibbons serves as artistic consultant on the series.
It stars Jeremy Irons as an older Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, Tim Blake Nelson as Looking Glass, Jean Smart as Agent Blake, as well as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Regina King as Cal and Angela Abraham, Andrew Howard as Red Scare, Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford, Adelaide Clemens as Pirate Jenny, Louis Gossett Jr., Tom Mison and Sara Vickers as husband-and-crime criminals Mime and Marionette, and Don Johnson as Chief Judd Crawford.
This series provides examples of:
- Alternate Landmark History: A trailer shot of the Washington Monument shows an anti-gravity ring around its pyramidion that is seemingly used as an observation deck.
- Malevolent Masked Men: The first teaser showcases a group of armed vigilantes who appear to be inspired by Rorschach, wearing a mask like his and ominously chanting "Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock..."
- Take That, Audience!: The first teaser depicts a group of men wearing Rorschach masks as violent, cop-murdering Right Wing Militia Fanatics, a direct potshot at the notorious group of fans who think Rorschach is someone to be idolized.