"Who Watches the Watchmen?" Thankfully, we do…
After weeks of vague, brief teases for Damon Lindelof's fully, completely, 106.3% authorized "remix" of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' 1986 comic book series Watchmen for HBO, a little lucky and some keen investigative work has unearthed a new bit of background info on one of the project's characters. Good Trouble's Dustin Ingram was originally cast in the cable series in January 2019, but with no information regarding his character disclosed.
Thankfully for us, Ingram is very popular: the actor was recently signed for a recurring role in Amazon's Utopia remake from Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Why does that matter? Because in the article posted by Deadline Hollywood, we have the following eye-opening bit of unexpected Watchmen backstory:
"Ingram is also a recurring character on Watchmen for HBO. In it, he plays Agent Petey, a junior FBI agent, with a vast knowledge of the vigilantes (the Watchmen)."
Hmmm… is Agent Petey partners with Jean Smart's FBI Agent Blake? Maybe part of her team/task force? As for the use of the phrase, "…the vigilantes (the Watchmen)," is that a reference to the original series capes? Could it be a reference to more modern capes? Or is it the name being given to the Rorschach-masked folks in the following official teaser? Based on Ingram's IMDB page, he's listed as being in the third, fourth, and seventh episode of the ten-episode series.
Tick tock. Watchmen debuts this fall on HBO.
Created by Damon Lindelof, Watchmen is a modern-day reimagining of Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes. Starring Academy Award-winner Regina King, Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Louis Gossett Jr.
Set in an alternate history where "superheroes" are treated as outlaws, the series is said to embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.
HBO's Watchmen includes Jeremy Irons an older Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias; Tim Blake Nelson as the interestingly-named Looking Glass, and Jean Smart as FBI Agent Blake. Regina King, Don Johnson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Dustin Ingram, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, James Wolk, and Hong Chau also star.
Nine Inch Nails duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are on board to compose music for the project.
In May 2018, Lindelof shared a series of Instagram posts to update fans on progress on the project (with a pilot directed by Westworld and Castle Rock's Nicole Kassell) and to emphasize that his vision was not a direct adaptation of the original graphic novel, but rather a "remix" that utilizes important elements from the original story while telling its own narrative. Here are some excerpts from those posts:
"We have no desire to 'adapt' the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago. Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.
They will however be remixed, Because the bass lines in those familiar tracks are just too good and we'd be fools not to sample them. Those original twelve issues are our Old Testament. When the New Testament came along it did not erase what came before it. Creation. The Garden of Eden. Abraham and Isaac. The Flood. It all happened. And so it will be with 'Watchmen.' The Comedian died. Dan and Laurie fell in love. Ozymandias saved the world and Dr. Manhattan left it just after blowing Rorschach to pieces in the bitter cold of Antarctica."
"This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table…which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable–are playing for different stakes entirely."
"Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes…and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks…"