Watchmen's full-length trailer is released – and it looks epic

Dan Seddon
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San Diego Comic-Con brought us the first full-length trailer for HBO's Watchmen this weekend... and it looks epic!

Taking inspiration from Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name, Watchmen is Damon Lindelof's new baby, after he previously worked on HBO's existential favourite The Leftovers.

Zack Snyder helmed a cinematic adaptation of the comic back in 2009, but the upcoming TV show looks to explore all of the dark, bloody action at a more leisurely, in-depth pace.

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The series is set to be a sequel to the classic comic (not the film), with the trailer teasing its connections to the source material in a newspaper declaring that Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias) has been declared dead and a news programme sharing that Dr Manhattan is living on Mars.

The new footage also teases several masked vigilantes, including a gang of gun-toting Rorschach imitators, and there's plenty of violence, strong language and dramatic dialogue too.

"You know how you can tell the difference between a masked cop and a vigilante?" Agent Blake (Jean Smart) asks. "Me neither..."

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HBO's latest ensemble series boasts an enviable cast, with Jeremy Irons, Aquaman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Regina King, Don Johnson and Tim Blake Nelson all starring in the show.

Speaking about the direction of the show last year, Lindelof said that they had "no desire to 'adapt' the twelve issues created thirty years ago".

"Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted… they will, however, be remixed," he teased.

"Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we'd be fools not to sample them. It must be contemporary… The tone will be fresh and nasty and electric and absurd… Some of the characters will be unknown."

Watchmen will air on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK this October.

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