Watchmen is often cited as one of the first pieces of superhero content to be regarded as ‘serious literature,’ helping to erase the stereotype that superhero stories are only for children.
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For those who don’t know, Watchmen takes place in an alternate 1980s, one where the U.S. won the Vietnam War. The plot follows retired heroes Rorschach, Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre II, Doctor Manhattan, and Ozymandias as they investigate the murder of one of their colleagues. Watchmen expertly uses each hero, and illuminates their individual backstories, highlighting larger societal issues and asking viewers to analyze intense moral gray-areas.
Watchmen, today, remains one of the most influential superhero tales in our current culture, and that’s why HBO’s adaptation has been so highly anticipated. Directed by Damon Lindelof, who is best known for his work on Lost and The Leftovers, this adaptation is set 30 years after the events of the original.
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Many fans have been burned by the word ‘adaptation’ in recent years, as flops like Aladdin (2019), and Kim Possible (2018) are constantly being pumped out in a last-ditch attempt to capitalize on millennial nostalgia. Lindelof, feeling the pressure, posted a statement on Instagram that explains his intentions with handling the material.
Basically, he explains that he has no intentions of altering or disregarding the original work in any way, as Watchmen has been one of his favorite works since childhood. However, if you’d like to compare the two side by side, now is the time!
In celebration of the new series, Amazon is now selling Moore’s novel at the lowest price it’s ever been. In addition to the bargain, the book also features recolored pages created by Watchmen‘s illustrator, Dave Gibbons!
Fans are sure to love this updated edition to the classic, and can purchase it here!
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