New set photos have emerged from HBO’s upcoming big-budget adaptation of the acclaimed DC Comics series Watchmen featuring a suited-up Don Johnson.
While Zack Snyder famously brought the Minutemen and the Watchmen to life in 2009’s superhero blockbuster, Lost‘s Damon Lindelof promises to take the vigilante heroes in a very different direction from their source material. Using Alan Moore and David Gibbons’ acclaimed twelve-issue run as a blueprint, HBO’s Watchmen will be a “remix of the original story.” How Johnson’s character fits in remains to be seen, but audiences can get a cryptic look at who he’ll be playing.
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Shared by Hollywood Pipeline, the set pictures show Johnson wearing a police uniform. Seeing Johnson in uniform further reiterates Lindelof’s ambitions to move away from what has already been established by the comics and the movie while putting his own spin on Moore and Gibbons’ world.
The images also continue to fuel the rumors that the The Police Strike of 1977 that featured briefly in the comics will play a part in HBO’s show. The casting call for Watchmen left fans confused as they failed to recognize big names like The Comedian, Night Owl or Ozymandias, and it looks like the first part of the series will at least focus on the right side of the law.
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Known for his roles in the likes of Miami Vice, Django Unchained and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Johnson joins other confirmed cast members including Regina King (The Leftovers), Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk), Louis Gossett Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation) and Andrew Howard (Bates Motel).
The pictures so far only show Johnson in action, but with filming underway, it shouldn’t be long before viewers get to see more of the upcoming characters and start guessing what Lindelof is up to.