Posted on the Instagram account of the upcoming drama, the teasers depict more police officers sporting the masks, in appropriately unsettling backgrounds. The first features a group of officers gathered in a hallway. As the camera slowly zooms in to the doors at the end of the hall, the officers stand stock still. Accompanying this image is the caption, "Masks Save Lives."
The second teaser features a lone officer walking out of his patrol car, flashlight in hand, presumably checking out a crime scene. But the caption for this image, "Hiding in plain sight," seems to indicate he may be hunting rogue superheroes as opposed to regular criminals.
While the teasers still don't provide any more details about the world of the Watchmen series, they do give fans an idea of what the police in the show's universe may be like. The "Masks" caption may indicate that the presence of superheroes have inspired the police to keep their own identities secret. By contrast, the "Hiding" caption paints a much darker picture, indicating the police are hunting down unauthorized superheroes, and the masks are meant to be a symbol of terror, dissuading others from becoming superheroes.
With the world of Watchmen, the latter is more probable, but like the original comic's story, things might not be how they appear, and the masks may be part of a larger mystery.
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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, 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.