When Watchmen first hit shelves in 1986, the graphic novel revolutionized what comics were capable of. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic, dark tale of vigilantes and superheroes in the 1980s grappling with self-destructive society instantly became a classic and remains considered the greatest graphic novel of all time. Ever since, fans have craved a proper adaptation. Back in 2009, Zack Snyder attempted to bring Watchmen to the big screen. It was garbage. Hot, steamy garbage. Now, it looks like we might be getting the small-screen adaptation we deserve.
This past summer, whispers surfaced that HBO was developing a Watchmen TV series with Damon Lindelof, fresh from his gig writing and executive producing critical hit The Leftovers. Yesterday, Lindelof confirmed that the project was moving along with this Instagram post:
In case you’re not familiar with this tentpole of nerd culture, the photo depicts a trophy given to the first Nite Owl, a WWII-era vigilante and one of the first to don a mask and costume. At the time of Watchmen‘s present, Nite Owl is a retired and aging memoirist who serves as an inspiration for younger vigilantes. Lindelof’s photo, captioned “Day One” and taken in what could be a writer’s room or even at a table-read, is as good a confirmation as any that the series is going forward.
HBO seems like a perfect fit for the project. Snyder’s film adaptation, aside from being unevenly-cast and boring, often felt like it was buckling under the weight of its source material, which includes 12 comic issues along with supplementary newspaper clippings, manuscript excerpts, and a comic within the comic. An extended series sounds like a far more promising format, especially from the network that turned Game of Thrones into a small-screen juggernaut.