Executive Producer, writer, and showrunner for HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series Damon Lindelof declared the series is about “white supremacy.”
Lindelof appeared at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Watchmen panel on Wednesday to discuss and promote the show. As reported by Deadline, Lindelof questioned, “What in 2019 is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff between the Americans and the Russians?” He answered his own question, “It is race and the police.”
Lindelof would then add, “There is no defeating white supremacy — it’s not going away. There are no easy answers and grandiose solution.” Lindelof would even add that the alt-history of the Watchmen series will begin to blend with our actual history.
“It is not supposed to be a world that you recognize to Trojan horse themes that are in a real world in a fictional one. What is actual history and what is alt-history and things start to get blended in the middle.”
According to Deadline, the show will see a “very liberal” Robert Redford as the longest serving President of the United States ever. They also note that Ozymandias, played by Jeremy Irons, is in seclusion. However, as you can see in the trailer, the newspaper reveals that Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias is dead. The world apparently has also not developed the Internet or smartphones. The report also indicates that a “killer cult” has formed around the murdered Rorschach.
The series is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will focus on Regina King’s character who Deadline notes is a police officer in a world where cops wear masks. However, based on the trailer footage, King might be a little more than just a police officer as her character is seen wearing a very different mask compared to other police officers. The trailer also appears to show that King’s character is the wife of a police officer who was murdered by the Rorschach cult. It appears the cult targeted a number of police officers, and the police responded by hiding their identities with masks.
Lindelof did confirm once again that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen series is canon to the show, “We are not going to mess with it, it’s canon.” Lindelof had previously detailed how the series is canon in a lengthy Instagram post detailing his vision for the HBO series.
The series is expected to debut in October. Along with Irons and King, the series stars Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.