The global phenomenon that is HBO’s Game of Thrones is now over. For eight seasons, the show grabbed everyone’s attention over all the political intrigue, and gore.
But does HBO have another blockbuster up its sleeves? The network has already teased their adaptation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling His Dark Materials book series.
But while that’s worth a watch, we have to admit that there’s another show we can’t wait for — Watchmen.
The Greatest Graphic Novel of All-Time, Soon on TV
Watchmen is a legendary work of fiction. It’s considered as the finest work in the world of graphic novels. And with HBO intent on providing only the best, it’s fitting that the company banked on the legacy of Watchmen.
So what should you know about it? First, Alan Moore wrote the series. Ever seen the 2005 movie V for Vendetta? The graphic novel that was based on was from Alan Moore as well.
Also, Moore wrote the Eisner Award-winning From Hell and Batman: The Killing Joke, which is arguably the best Joker origin story of all-time.
But while these works are all notable, none of them can still compare to the greatness of Watchmen. If the book forever changed how people viewed graphics novels, imagine what it can do to TV.
A Show of Superheroes Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Watchmen is a story featuring superheroes. But they’re not shown in the flashy, fun, kid-friendly, manner you see in Marvel films like Iron Man and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In this fictional world of Alan Moore, superheroes are dealing with trauma, depression, and the moral dilemmas of being a powerful entity in human society.
Watchmen is a deconstruction of superheroes as we know it. It’s an examination of the narratives we’ve associated with superhero stories. Here, we witness Moore’s knack for realism.
The world isn’t all about hope and courage. There is also fear and despair among people and societies. The difference between good and evil isn’t clear.
A ‘Watchmen’ Adaptation Without Snyder Under Control
This isn’t the first time the graphic novel is going to be adapted on the screen. See, the idea of adapting Watchmen has been around since 1986, but it proved extremely difficult.
But in 2009, we finally got a movie adaptation. Zack Snyder directed it — and it was a polarizing piece of cinema.
While some said that the 300 and Justice League director succeeded in capturing the essence of Watchmen, others argued that Snyder made it too stylish and forgot about substance.
With a history of failed adaptations and one movie that wasn’t critically acclaimed or did great at the box office, it’s interesting that HBO still took the plunge.
We’re both excited and anxious about the new Watchmen. No adaptation has ever captured its spirit, but HBO is all about prestige television. It will spend as much money as it can to hire the best cast and crew.
Damon Lindelof will serve as the director for the first season. He wrote the well-received Star Trek Into Darkness and created The Leftovers, the third season of which received universal acclaim. This alone proves that Lindelof knows how to handle drama and mystery.