The official Instagram account for HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series from Damon Lindelof has released three new teaser videos on Instagram with captions that read: “Abandon all hope, ye who enters here,” “Reach out and touch Mars,” and “It’s not 1985 anymore.”
The videos have small references to elements of the original Watchmen comic including an American flag with 51 stars (with Vietnam becoming the 51st state), Doctor Manhattan’s travels to Mars, and the cultural signature of pirate entertainment rather than superheroes. The series will air sometime this year.
Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen includes the nostalgia of the original graphic novel while trying to break new ground of its own. Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. The original story centers on a murder-mystery before unfolding into a planet-altering conspiracy that eventually asks where the fine line is drawn between heroes and villains.
The series cast includes Jeremy Irons (Justice League) as an older Ozymandias, Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Louis Gossett Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake Nelson (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sara Vickers (The Crown), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Jean Smart (Fargo) as a mysterious FBI agent, and James Wolk (Zoo, Tell Me a Story).
Watchmen will hit your screens sometime later this year.