Regardless of whether or not he appears in the series, Dr. Manhattan had a major impact on HBO's upcoming Watchmen series.
"We’re living in a world where fossil fuels have been eliminated as a power source. All the cars are zero emissions and run on electricity or fuel cells -- largely thanks to the innovations of Dr. [Manhattan] decades earlier," writer-producer Damon Lindelof explained to Entertainment Weekly.
What's more, Lindelof offered some new details about the alternate history featured in the series, which takes place in modern day. "There’s also this legislation that’s passed, Victims of Racial Violence Legislation, which is a form of reparations that are colloquially known as 'Redford-ations,'" he said.
"It’s a lifetime tax exemption for victims of, and the direct descendants of, designated areas of racial injustice throughout America’s history, the most important of which, as it relates to our show, is the Tulsa massacre of 1921," he continued. "That legislation had a ripple effect into another piece of legalization, DoPA, the Defense of Police Act, which allows police to hide their face behind masks because they were being targeted by terrorist organizations for protecting the victims of the initial act. So… good luck sound biting that!"
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 October 20 at 9 pm on HBO.