Filming is slated to begin on HBO’s Watchmen pilot early next month and we have some intel about what to expect from the Damon Lindelof production and it’s not at all what you’d be expecting. Lindelof is on record as a fan of the 2009 film by Zack Snyder and believes now is the time to tell the Watchmen story again because, according to him, “these are dangerous times.” We know that Lindelof has put a great deal of work into developing the show but we don’t know exactly what to expect from the pilot and the breakdowns for the group of series regulars that we got our hands on leave us with more questions than answers. Check them out below!
Angela Abraham: African-American female cop. Independent and intelligent, she’s also a realist. She’s married to Cal, with whom she has a daughter and is fiercely protective of them both.
Cal Abraham: African-American male who is the stay-at-home husband of Angela. While he seems at home as the king of his castle and being a loving husband and father, it’s clear his past has a different story to tell.
Looking Glass: A good looking cop, the native Oklahoman isn’t simple as his rural accent makes him appear to be. A top interrogator and behavioral scientist, he may also be a bit of a sociopath.
Panda: An ethnic desk cop, he’s cynical and tough and puts his job first. Not a friend to many, he uses comedy to keep people at bay.
Red Scare: Mafioso, track suit wearing cop. His Russian accent lends to his abrasiveness.
Pirate Jenny: An androgynous and lustful bisexual cop, Jenny is an anarchist at heart.
Jane Crawford: The wife of the police chief, Judd, Jane is a veterinarian who’s sharper than her guarded persona lets on.
Old Man: A former cop who is still an imposing figure despite his age.
Based on what we’re seeing here, we can expect at least the pilot episode to revolve around a group of Oklahoma police officers? Fans of the comics will know that as the Watchmen grew in popularity, many police went on strike to protest their jobs being taken away by costumed vigilantes. Could the pilot revolve around this event, known as the Police Strike of 1977? Another option is that these characters are only cops in the breakdowns and what we are seeing here are perhaps the Watchmen or even the Minutemen written in a way to disguise who is really being cast. We certainly don’t want to make too many assumptions, but given Lindelof’s professed love for the source material, it’s hard to believe he’d make a Watchmen show that didn’t feature the Watchmen…
Stay tuned to That Hashtag Show as we will continue to dig for info on this story and cover the series as it develops!