Thanks to Hollywood Pipeline, we now know that filming has started on HBO’s Watchmen, and the first set photos feature Don Johnson (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) in a police uniform.
Although there isn’t much context to go with the photos (CLICK HERE), there’s speculation that this scene addresses the Police Strike of 1977, in which law enforcement protested costumed crime fighters. The strike also caused mass rioting. Dr. Manhattan, Laurie Juspeczyk, Nite Owl, the Comedian and Rorschach did what they could to calm civil unrest in their respective areas. Despite their efforts, the Keene Act was passed that outlawed “costume adventuring.”
Executive producer Damon Lindelof said this series isn’t a direct adaptation, reboot or sequel. Rather, the story takes place in the world Alan Moore and David Gibbons created in the original 12 issues, which explains the absence of named heroes from the graphic novel in the first casting lists.
Johnson will be joined by cast members Regina King (The Leftovers), Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four), Louis Gosset Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation) and Andrew Howard (Hell on Wheels). Nicole Kassell is set to direct the pilot. Her career as a TV director includes Westworld, The Leftovers, The Following and Better Call Saul.
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