It’s on like Donkey Kong! After suggesting he was penning a Watchmen series back in June, then denying he’d had meetings with HBO, hours ago Damon Lindelof Instagrammed this:
The statue in his photo is Hollis Mason – the original Nite-Owl from back in the 1940’s when superheroes walked the streets in Alan Moore’s alternate universe. His caption, “Day One” means the writers’ room is being assembled.
And if you’re a Watchmen, Lost, The Leftovers and Lindelof fan like me, then it’s like all your Christmases have come at once. Thank you, universe for giving me a screenwriter speaks to my soul like no other to work on one of my favourite graphic novels.
The series will divide the world into lovers and haters, but I don’t mind. In fact, I kind of relish it.
Whether or not Lindelof’s series will encompass events from 2012’s prequel Before Watchmen remains to be seen, but the showrunner and massive comic fan – who wrote Legends of the Dark Knight for DC and Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk for Marvel – is sure to create the richest, darkest comic book world ever, full of paranoia, abuse and rich metaphor… hopefully an allegory for this post-Trump world.
Rorschach, The Comedian, Ozymandius, Silk Spectre and Nite-Owl and Dr Manhattan will entertain, disgust and reduce us to quivering wrecks… again. Now all I gotta do is find my way into that writers’ room!
It’s far too early to think about a release date yet, but I wouldn’t bank on watching the Watchmen much before Summer, 2019.