When the world of Watchmen returns in HBO's new series, the show's beleaguered heroes will face a threat much more insidious than nuclear war: white supremacy. At the TCA's Watchmen panel, creator Damon Lindelof revealed why he chose this topic as the theme.
“What in 2019 is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff between the Americans and the Russians?” Lindelof mused. “It is race and the police... There is no defeating white supremacy -- it’s not going away," he continued. "There are no easy answers and grandiose solution."
He also mentioned Black Panther and Captain America writer Ta-Nehisi Coates as his inspiration for this direction. Lindelof sought a subject currently "tearing out culture apart" and, after reading Coates' take on Black Wallstreet and the Tulsa riots, he chose white supremacy.
Damon Lindelof cites reading Ta-Nehisi Coates opened him up to Black Wallstreet and the Tulsa riots, and given that the original Watchmen dealt with the stress of nuclear war, he wanted #WatchmenHBO to tackle a similar major theme tearing our culture apart: white supremacy #TCA19— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) July 24, 2019
Developed by Damon Lindelof, HBO'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 will premiere this fall.