HBO has released a new featurette for the upcoming Watchmen television series. The quasi-sequel to Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins’ 1986 maxiseries, the program is set some 38 years later and sees the world Adrian Veidt (Jeremy Irons in the series) hoped to create in shambles. A terrorist attack by a white supremacist organization known as the 7th Cavalry has forced police departments to adopt masks and some trappings of superheroes — including secret identities. The politics of that anonymity appear to be at the heart of the program. At least, that’s what the featurette suggests, with characters espousing opinions like “masks make men cruel.” The cast and producers of the show, meanwhile, want you to believe Watchmen is an all-encompassing beast of a television show. Which, considering the source material is also all-encompassing beast of a comic book, it isn’t really that much of a stretch.
Watchmen comes to HBO on October 20th.