Watchmen Set Photos Reveal a Look At a Familiar Hero

Watchmen's Hooded Justice

New photos from the set of HBO's Watchmen provide a sneak peek at a character Watchmen fans will remember from the original graphic novel (and the 2009 film adaptation), as well as hint at what they can expect from this new series in terms of worldbuilding.

The photos in question feature advertisements, one on a bus and one on a bus stop, which seem to be promoting a fictional television documentary titled American Hero Story: Minutemen. Of course, this references the fabled Minutemen, the team of costumed heroes that preceded the Watchmen in-universe. Additionally, the advertisements feature images of Minutemen member Hooded Justice.

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According to Watchmen lore, Hooded Justice joined the Minutemen in 1939 before going missing in 1955 (though these dates will likely change due to the new series' present-day setting.) During his time with the team, Hooded Justice became known for his particularly violent treatment of criminals.

Moreover, he was a closeted gay man who carried on a relationship with teammate Captain Metropolis. In order to hide this, he pretended to be in love with Silk Spectre and, in fact, was the one who saved her from the Comedian's attempted sexual assault (giving him a taste of his trademark brutality in the process.)

That said, Hooded Justice's true identity remains a mystery to this day. It is heavily suspected that he was circus strongman Rolf Müller, given the similarities between the two, but this was never officially proven.

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It seems as though American Hero Story: Minutemen will be a series that attempts to shine some light on the true story behind the Minutemen for the residents of the Watchmen universe. How much the public actually knows about Hooded Justice's identity, sexuality and role in the team is unclear. However, given how prominently he is featured in the advertisements, his story is sure to be a major talking point.

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 is expected to premiere on HBO sometime in 2019.

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