Is there a trailer for Watchmen?
After releasing a teaser in late May 2019, HBO finally dropped a full-length trailer for the San Diego Comic-Con crowd in July. Up until this point, audiences were given only a glimpse at the ominous group dressed as Rorschach -- real name Walter Kovacs, if you're nasty -- and the police officers hiding behind their own yellow cowls. Now, upon closer inspection of the Watchmen trailer, it's looking like those wearing the iconic inkblot masks are not heroes -- instead, a white supremacist group known as "The Seventh Cavalry" who are using the Rorschach mask as their own symbol of hate.
Series creator Damon Lindelof explained this choice during HBO's presentation at the TCA Summer Press Tour. "What in 2019 is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff between the Americans and the Russians?" he asked, comparing the subject matter in the new series to the main conflict explored in the comics. "It is race and the police."
A whole slew of Easter eggs and hints are on full display in the clip, including the appearance of Hooded Justice, one of the original members of the Minutemen, who shows up in what looks like a fictional made-for-TV movie, titled "American Hero Story," that may explore the lives of the original heroes.
A brief glimpse of The Tulsa Sun newspaper and its cover story titled, "Veidt Officially Declared Dead," the biggest connection comes in the form of Jeremy Irons' Adrian Veidt. In the comics, it was revealed that Veidt's -- that's Ozymandias, if you're nasty -- plans of staging an alien invasion caused the death of The Comedian, kicking off the whole 1986 story. A squid shower, alluding to Veidt's history with the Alien Monster -- better known as the Squid -- makes us certain he'll still be pulling the strings.
Hidden identities are another common theme in the trailer, showing both law enforcement officials, vigilantes and members of the radical Rorschach-themed hate group all hiding behind masks. The theme of duality in human nature -- light and dark, good and evil, etc. -- will surely be explored here. And we suspect the moral lines will get quite muddied.
Aside from the hint that Dr. Manhattan will be returning to earth and the quick appearance of Night Owl's Owlship, there are a few visuals that allude to Robert Redford as the sitting president, which transpired towards the original paneled story's end as well as the comic sequel, Doomsday Clock.
How many episodes will there be?
It looks like Season 1 includes 10 episodes that will air weekly.
Who are the showrunners?
Lindelof, who was behind one of HBO's best series, The Leftovers, as well as ABC's 2004 game-changer, LOST -- among a whole gang of other projects -- is spearheading Watchmen as the show's creator/writer/executive producer. He's working along with Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman, The Americans) and Stephen Williams (LOST, Westworld) who will both direct and executive produce, and Tom Spezialy (The Leftovers) and Joseph Iberti (Mr. Robot) will also executive produce.