Much of HBO's Watchmen series is being kept under wraps. In fact, the premium cable network hasn't even released a full trailer for the highly anticipated series yet, though brief teasers have given us glimpses at an aging Ozymandias, a new Rorschach and a very different world. However, thanks to a series of Instagram posts, we may have a better idea of what the series has in store.
The three new videos each tease something that fans of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' quintessential graphic novel should be familiar with.
The first teaser, which comes with the caption "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here," features a pirate flag swaying in the wind, with a Watchmen-yellow skull logo. Fans will instantly recognize this as a direct callback to "Tales of the Black Freighter," the backup comic strip featured in every issue of the Watchmen series. "Tales of the Black Freighter" was a comic book read by a young boy featuring stories set in the swashbuckling era of pirates, and the themes at the heart of the comic are usually echoed directly from what was happening in the Watchmen series.
The second teaser, which comes with the caption "Reach out and touch Mars," features a blue sphere surrounded by oscillating rings. While the caption references the red planet, the sphere's blue color calls back to Dr. Manhattan. Since Mars is the planet the Doctor would eventually call home, this is clearly a direct reference to the character, which makes us wonder if he'll come into play in the series.
The final teaser features an alternate American flag gently flapping in the wind. The flag's main difference is in its design: there is no blue square filled with stars but rather a circle at the center. The caption, which reads "It's not 1985 anymore," references the year of the events of the Watchmen comic.
We already knew this new series would take place years after the events of the comic, but this indicates that as time went on, the alternate history of the source material has continued to change into something even more different.
HBO's Watchmen series will not be a direct adaptation of the Moore and Gibbons' seminal story. Instead, it has been described as a remix by series creator Damon Lindelof, and a sort of sequel set years later.
Developed by Damon Lindelof, HBO's adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen stars Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, James Wolk, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon. The series is expected to premiere later this year on HBO.