Damon Lindelof, producer of HBO's Watchmen sequel, says that the original 12-issue series is "canon" that the show won't "mess with" - but when it comes to co-creator/writer Alan Moore's opinion of his show, Lindelof has a very different attitude.
Lindelof says Moore, who is notoriously disapproving of adaptations of his comic book work into other media, will have to deal with the show whether he likes it or not.
“It’s an ongoing wrestling match,” Lindelof told Deadline of the conflict with Moore. However, ultimately, Lindelof says his opinion boils down to him feeling like he's channeling Alan Moore's own 'punk rock' spirit and saying “F--k you guys, I’m doing it anyway.”
As for how Lindelof's sequel reflects Moore and co-creator/artist Dave Gibbons' original work, Lindelof says they're building on the alt-history of Moore's world with an America where Robert Redford is president, superheroes are outlaws, and racial tensions between masked police and citizens are stronger than ever.
“What in 2019 is the equivalent of the nuclear standoff between the Americans and the Russians?” Lindelof said at a Television Critics Association panel (via Deadline). “It is race and the police."
However, according to Lindelof, his Watchmen will address the problem of racial violence and tensions surrounding the perception of white supremacy without offering a concrete solution to a complex, multi-layered issue.
“There is no defeating white supremacy — it’s not going away,” Lindelof explained. “There are no easy answers and grandiose solution.”
Watchmen stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk. It's set to debut later this October.