For years, graphic novels and comic books were, for some reason, considered to be lesser than traditional books. However, over time we’ve seen a number of critically acclaimed graphic novels prove that the comic book format can be every bit as powerful as printed text.
One such graphic novel is Alan Moore and Gave Gibbons’ Watchmen, which took a gritty and unique look at what a world full of vigilantes might be like. Fans of the series may be aware that HBO has been working on a TV adaptation of the comic, ad now we finally have a release date.
HBO’s Watchmen is set to first air on Sunday, October 20 at 9 p.m and the first season will consist of nine episodes. The series will be available to watch on HBO or you can watch it at your own pace on HBO GO. The show will not be a direct adaptation of the graphic novel but will instead tell an entirely new story set after the events of the original.
As The Wrap reports, the show will star Jeremy Irons, Regina King, Jean Smart, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Louis Gossett Jr. Jeremy Irons will portray an older Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias, who was one of the main characters from the original comics.
Executive producer and writer, David Lindelof, explained everything that occurred in the original; comic will have occurred in this adaptation. “It’s canon,” he said of the events of the novel. “Everything that happened in those 12 issues could not be messed with. We were married to it. There’s no rebooting happening.”