Following previous images of Hooded Justice on a bus, bus stop and an advertisement promoting a documentary in the HBO Watchmen TV series, we now have our first, unofficial look at the character in action.
This comes via leaked set photos thanks to a Watchmen Brazilian fan site, showing the character in what seems to be a rural setting in the past, holding a rope and ready to exact vigilante justice.
Fotos tiradas durante as filmagens do piloto de Watchmen. O padre e a mulher são interpretados por Charles Green e Victoria Blade. Mas o que chama mais atenção é o visual incomum do cavaleiro na primeira imagem.— Watchmen Brasil (@Watchmen_Brasil) November 10, 2018
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With the series set in the present day, fans are speculating if this is the origin of the character or someone who donned the hood before circus strongman Rolf Müller purportedly took on the mantle. Hooded Justice was a member of the fabled Minutemen, the team of costumed heroes that preceded the Watchmen universe, although his identity remains shrouded in mystery to this very day.
Fans will likely remember the character from the original 12-issue miniseries (and the 2009 film adaptation), and how he was fleshed out as a closeted gay man who carried on a relationship with teammate Captain Metropolis. To hide this, he pretended to be in love with Silk Spectre and was the hero who saved her from The Comedian's attempted sexual assault, brutally beating down the hothead in return.
However, this series could be set to reveal his true identity, especially if the American Hero Story: Minutemen documentary in the show will indeed share intimate insight into the team and its roster.
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.