HBO and Damon Lindelof’s forthcoming Watchmen television series might end up diverging from the comic book source material. However, the show’s newly revealed working title seems to indicate that the series isn’t straying too far from its roots.
According to Production Weekly, the Watchmen series has received a working title of Brooklyn. This, of course, is quite fitting, as the events of the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal 1986 miniseries takes place primarily in New York City.
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Created by Moore and Gibbons, Watchmen is the story of an alternate history in which superheroes first emerged in the 1940s, drastically altering the course of history over the subsequent decades. Set in 1985, as the United States and the Soviet Union inch ever closer to World War III, the comic centers on the investigation into the murder of the former costumed government agent The Comedian, which leads to the discovery of a deadly conspiracy to defuse the powder keg and bring peace to the world at the expense of millions of lives.
The upcoming HBO series will be the second time the graphic novel was adapted for the screen, following Zack Snyder’s 2009 film. The Watchmen have also been introduced into the main DC Comics continuity in Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock, giving the renowned graphic novel’s characters even more mainstream exposure ahead of the television series.
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