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Fans hoping that they won’t have to wait long for Watchmen to arrive on UK TV can rest easy: Sky Atlantic has confirmed its air date and it’s right on the heels of its US debut.

Created by Damon Lindelof, the series is a modern-day reimagining of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes. The show introduces us to a world where a vast and insidious conspiracy at play, an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. The result embraces the nostalgia of the original graphic novel 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, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.

There are hints of the events that took place in Watchmen, which Lindelof has said will be canon and have taken place. And so the stage is set for a world where Ozymandias (Jeremy Irons) has grown old, where Rorschach appears to have inspired a movement, and where people wonder whether Dr. Manhattan is alive on Mars.

The series will premiere on Sky Atlantic on 21st October at 2am – a simulcast with its US debut on HBO. It will then be repeated at 9pm on Sky Atlantic, but will be available to watch online on NOW ad Sky immediately following its early-morning broadcast, so you can catch up with it alongside your breakfast, lunch or dinner, without having to wait for 9pm. Episodes then arrive at the same time on Mondays.

HBO orders full Watchmen series from Damon Lindelof

19th August 2018

HBO has officially ordered a full series for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen.

Adapted by the Lost and The Leftovers writer, the show is based on the DC graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws, the novel needs no introduction to comic book fans, with its alternate, subversive and violent take on superheroes legendary within the genre.

Indeed, this is not the first time the text has been brought to the screen, with Zack Snyder directing a film in 2009. That movie, however, was met with mixed reception. The notion of a new version of the story, then, is one that fans have treated with caution.

HBO’s take on the project was first ordered to pilot back in September last year and has been subject to wary speculation about how the book would be transformed for TV, and which characters would make the jump. In May, Lindelof wrote a letter to fans to explain his intentions.

“We have no desire to adapt the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created 30 years ago,” he wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”

However, they will be “remixed”, he added.

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“Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we’d be fools not to sample them. Those original 12 issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with Watchmen.”

“This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built… but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original,” he continued. “It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the 80s of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table… which means the heroes and villains – as if the two are distinguishable – are playing for different stakes entirely.”

He also promised that there will “new faces” and characters.

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“We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes… and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks,” he teased.

Three months on and HBO has officially green-lit a full series based on that principle. The original book followed a group of veteran crime fighters investigating the murder of one of their group, with former costumed heroes such as Nite Owl, Silk Spectre and Rorschach uncovering a dark conspiracy.

HBO’s official description of Watchmen simply says it “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own”.

What we do know is the project has a impressive cast list, with Regina King leading an ensemble that includes Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.

Lindelof is writer of the series and Executive Producer, alongside Nicole Kassell, director of the pilot, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, director of the series, and Joseph Iberti. The show is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Watchmen will air on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK in 2019. Here’s the teaser video HBO released announcing the project is officially a go.

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  • 18 October 2019

An astonishing visual and narrative treatment of a classic graphic novel which brings it crashing superbly into the contemporary world

Watchmen, the seminal comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, has long been considered unfilmable. Zack Snyder took a decent punt at it with his big-screen adaptation in 2009 which was visually arresting if only superficially faithful. The story has been crying out for the lengthy running time of a multi-episode TV series to let it breathe, ideally bolstered by a generous budget and considerable talent.

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Thankfully, showrunner Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers) has joined forces with HBO to create a startling, almost flawless piece of work that pays homage to its source material while telling a mostly brand new story set within the same universe. While most of the original characters are sidelined in favour of a fresh set of participants, the fundamental essence of Watchmen remains intact. A story about reluctant heroes donning masks to tackle systemic injustice to the chagrin of the establishment they represent, it acts as a conspicuous examination of the fractured state of current US (and world) politics.

Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma in an alternative 2019, a group of white supremacists called The Seventh Kavalry breaks a ceasefire with local law enforcement. Following this outbreak of violence, we follow Angela Abar (Regina King), a local police officer who also operates under the secret guise of Sister Night, determined to mete out justice in a world where vigilantism is not just forbidden but is being specifically targeted by the FBI. An encounter with a mysterious old man (Louis Gossett Jr) sets Abar off on a painful journey through her own ancestry, a past that's bursting with secrecy and contemporary relevance. Flashbacks and other devices are used to flesh out both her personal history and the foundations upon which the broader narrative rests.

Abar later finds herself under the close watch of federal agent Laurie Blake (Jean Smart, playing the daughter of Silk Spectre and The Comedian from the source novel), while we also meet fellow officer Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) whose decision to wear a mirrored mask is explained in one of the series' most astonishing scenes. Elsewhere, Jeremy Irons chews all the scenery he can consume as the mysterious Adrian Veidt, a wonderfully unpredictable Promethean character with shades of Howard Hughes.

Despite the story's vast scope, Lindelof successfully binds his various loose threads which tangle around time, space and other dimensions. Shocking revelations are frequently inverted by the very next chapter, but it never exploits your investment as an impressive logic underpins the whole. Helpfully, Lindelof's script is brought to life by an exceptional cast. King, hot from her Oscar win for If Beale Street Could Talk, brings to life a fascinatingly complex character whose fragile existence is in constant flux. And Jean Smart clearly relished her role as a federal agent who takes sadistic pleasure in her sport of apprehending vigilantes, despite their categorically noble intentions.

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Never forgetting the source material, Watchmen is visually captivating, most notably in the numerous flashbacks which employ audacious match cuts to segue between past and present. An electric score, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, drives the occasional bursts of action with a mesmerising, percussive thrum, while a suite of contemporaneous songs lends pathos and subtext. In crafting his own story, Lindelof has conjured up something quite extraordinary and, for a first season, remarkably ambitious. Watchmen is a bravura piece of television which takes the best elements from its source material and repurposes them into a fascinating allegory for the present day.

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Watchmen starts on Sky Atlantic, Monday 21 October, 9pm.