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Don’t Be Fooled by the Watchmen TV Trailer! (Nerdist News w/ Jessica Chobot)

September 15, 2019

– [Jessica] Don’t be fooled
by the Watchmen TV trailer. With HBO’s hit series Game
of Thrones coming to an end, the folks behind the cable
network are scrambling to replace the biggest water
cooler show of the decade as quickly as possible,
and what better way to fill the void left by one literary
genre show with a devoted fan base than with another
literary genre show with a devoted fan base? Watchmen. Now this week fans got
their first real look at the new adaptation and it left many scratching their heads. Where is Doctor Manhattan? Isn’t this supposed to be set in the ’80s? And what’s up with all the dudes in the Rorschach masks? To which we say, don’t
be fooled by the trailer, because this ain’t your daddy’s Watchmen, it’s something entirely new. Now for those of you who
never read the original comic series, Watchmen was a 12
issue mini-series written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons. Known for deconstructing
superhero comics and its overt adult themes, it’s
considered to be one of the seminal works in comic history. Long thought to be unadaptable,
the series made its way to the big screen
care of Zak Snyder in 2009 to mixed reviews. So what is this new TV
series and how does it fit into the overall mythology
of the franchise? Well first off, the series
is not a sequel to the movie, but instead will use the
Watchmen books as the source material to continue the story. Series creator Damon
Lindelof, one of the minds behind Lost and Leftovers,
took to his Instagram last year to explain his thought
process behind the show. “We have no desire to adapt
the 12 issues Mr. Moore “and Mr. Gibbons created 30 years ago.” And then he goes on to add, “Those issues are sacred
ground and they will not be “retread nor recreated nor
reproduced nor rebooted. “They will, however, be
(DJ distortions) remixed, “because the bass lines in
those familiar tracks are “just too good and we’d be
fools not to sample them. “Those original 12 issues
are our Old Testament. “When the New Testament
came along, it did not erase “what came before it.” And you can certainly see
that in play in this first trailer for the show. We know that the TV series
will take place in modern day and it appears that the
effects of the books’ final events are being felt. So let’s dig into the
trailer a little bit. Now in the opening shot of
the trailer we are introduced to a group of men all wearing
homemade Rorschach masks while one man cryptically speaks. “We are no one, we are
everyone, and we are invisible.” Which gives off a little
bit of that veep or vendetta vibe which ironically
enough, is also a comic by writer Alan Moore. In the final panels of the
Watchmen comic it’s revealed that Rorschach left his
journal to be found by the right wing newspaper, the
New Frontiersman, and it appears in this show that
this action has spawned some sort of doomsday cult or militia. As we continue through the
trailer, we get a closeup of a burnt watch while we
hear the words tick tock being chanted under the music. And although we don’t
see him in the teaser, the watch is an obvious
reference to our big blue boy. No, not the genie, Doctor Manhattan. We would imagine part of
the thrust of the show will be about what happened
to Doctor Manhattan. Next up we see a line of
police officers wearing bright masks in that Watchmen yellow. As to why they are
wearing the yellow masks, plenty of thoughts come to mind. They could be honoring the superheroes and vigilantes that saved the
planet, or it could be that the masks let them hide their
identities like superheroes, which allows them to
act without consequence. It definitely looks like
superheroes have been either deputized or been
brought into the fold, as we later seen Regina
King’s character strap a badge over the belt of her costume. Of course none of this
explains the dude wearing the panda head. Seriously, what is that guy’s deal? We then get a few shots
of cops at a funeral as they lower a casket
into a grave, mixed with a shot or two of the Rorschach
militia marching with guns, before we cut to a shot
of a futuristic version of the Washington Monument. Outside of the cool visual,
we’re not 100% sure what this means, but we do like
the take from our friends over at Polygon. They suspect that if you
take a birds-eye view of the monument, it forms the symbol on Doctor Manhattan’s forehead. For now, that works for us. Now the next shot that caught our eye was of this shiny gentleman. Based on the character
descriptions we believe that this is an original
character created for the show called Looking Glass, who is
played by Tim Blake Nelson. Later in the trailer we see
a closeup of him as images of soldiers and the moon
landing play behind him. Not sure who is reflected
in his face, but if we had to guess, we suspect it
might be Jeremy Iron’s character, Ozymandias, a
carry-over from the comics. Moving along in the trailer,
we get another montage of images while a voiceover
warns of a reckoning as the tick tock chant is
intertwined with actual old timey alarm clocks going off. We see a carnival covered
in dead people which definitely feels like a call
back to the final moments of the comic after the space
octopus destroys New York City. We get a better look at
Ozymandias meditating, Regina King kicking ass, a
shot of a skull and crossbones flag which is a nod to the
Tales of the Black Freighter comic within the pages
of the Watchmen book. Then the Rorschach boys
firing off heavy weaponry, and a rather large object
crashing down from the sky. Taking a closer look at
that object, now we can’t say with certainty, but
it does appear to be Night Owl’s owlship, especially
when you look at the windows on the front. As the trailer finishes
up, the tick tock chant with the Rorschach cult builds to a head, ending on the title reveal. We are then treated to a
button of Don Johnson making a joke about the end of the world. – Tick tock, tick tock
(suspenseful music). – Overall, it looks like
Lindelof and company are leaning in hard to create
something new and not rehash what we’ve seen before, and
honestly, we are on board to see if they can pull this off. Watchmen is considered by
many to be one of the greatest graphic novels of all time
by subverting superhero expectations, and if this show
can build on that success, and find its own way
to do the same with TV, it looks like HBO might have
another Game of Thrones style success on their hands. Well what do you folks think? Are you excited for the
Watchmen adaptation coming to TV, are you a fan of the
comic, and are you reading the pseudo-sequel to the
comic, Doomsday Clock? Let’s discuss. Thanks for watching. Be sure to like, subscribe
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we go live with the show or drop a new video. And, speaking of HBO, don’t
forget to tune in to our Game of Thrones aftershow on
Monday, All Kings Considered. We’re breaking down the oh
shit moments of Westeros, the good, the bad, and the Bran. Catch All Kings Considered
live Mondays at noon Pacific on Nerdist YouTube
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  • Reply ViciousProphet May 25, 2019 at 3:37 am

    "One of the minds behind 'Lost'…"

    Oh no. No, no, no. Noooooonononononononoonooooo

  • Reply Tony Abraham May 25, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Pandaman is a side character in One piece the manga. This looks like someone is a one piece fan too me.

  • Reply Nomad May 25, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Jessica has literally been hot since I was a teenager. Jesus lol

  • Reply Ronark May 25, 2019 at 4:30 am

    I eat socks in my free time.

    This will go either way. As another GOT though?I highly doubt it, but I hope so. I'm totally in for it to be.

  • Reply Khandar William May 25, 2019 at 7:37 am

    then don't use the word "watchmen"

  • Reply kevin hopkins May 25, 2019 at 8:52 am

    'This aint your daddys watchmen'…so its not watchmen then,cool..think i'll pass..if alan moore hated the film adaption this will make him throw his typewriter through a window

  • Reply sebastian gam May 25, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Ozy men Dias. Huh

  • Reply snarkus63 May 25, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    I think I'll just wait for an actual adaption….and it can be done. The movie proved it's possible,but you need more time than you can get in a theatrical release.

  • Reply Paul Kensmoe May 25, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I lost all my shows so I could not be more excited for Watchmen.

  • Reply James Lawrence May 25, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    This makes jesus cry. Notg the content of the trailer – this idiot's commentary on it.

  • Reply Box Addict May 25, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Here weee go SJW watchmen err watchpansexuals

  • Reply Specify21 May 25, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    OMG it's been so long have I seen Jessica Chobot 😍

  • Reply paul D May 25, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    she said O zy M aN D YE AS 💀

  • Reply BuckShot May 26, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Hard pass on this show, I can already see it being completely filled with politics, no thanks

  • Reply Unknown May 26, 2019 at 1:44 am


  • Reply Harry Alpert May 26, 2019 at 1:58 am

    looks great! good that it's not a reboot!

  • Reply Jacob Taylor May 26, 2019 at 5:37 am

    “You’ve mutated the world” – nighthawk

  • Reply James Rininger May 26, 2019 at 8:57 am

    This show will have one to two seasons at max.

  • Reply Joshua Loveless May 26, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    She failed to mention Frank Miller! WTF! I'd take this vid with a grain of salt.

  • Reply jerry pablos May 26, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    At least they agent rebooting or ruining original I stead Contiuing the history I like this idea

  • Reply G123 May 26, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Anyone who hasn't read up on what the show is about is a fake ass fan!

  • Reply Giorgio Cusinato May 26, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    The leftovers is the best series ever. No one could ever do a greater job than Lindelof in remixing the watchmen comics

  • Reply This is Clem Fandango. Can you hear me? May 26, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I'd like Jessica to Cho on my Bot

  • Reply Shashi Pancholi May 26, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Ozzi mun die yass

  • Reply Red Star Arcadia May 27, 2019 at 2:11 am

    I wonder if they used Archie the owlship from Watchmen film?

  • Reply Zachary Jochumsen May 27, 2019 at 3:12 am

    This is probeblyngoing to be a show everyone will watch pun intended get it it's going to be game of thrones for supheroes

  • Reply Kashi Kagë May 27, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Lets hope they don’t end it like game of thrones 🤢🤮

  • Reply Hash Vendetta May 27, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Don't be fooled, by this dogshit video. This show is going to be garbage, and the nerdist is a shit pile. I'm upset, this video even played on up-next.

  • Reply John Devon May 27, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Vigilante citizen vs vigilante police. Recipe for disaster.

  • Reply 801 May 27, 2019 at 5:32 am

    im on second season of lost now.
    and love leftovers

  • Reply rakkatytam May 27, 2019 at 7:55 am

    How about we fucking not? Just make a whole new IP instead of constantly making soap operas out of existing things.

  • Reply mnpirateradioshow May 27, 2019 at 10:51 am

    We are not fooled… We actually aren't even paying attention…. It's DC…. and anything DC does not exist in the Marvel Universe.

  • Reply matthew gill May 27, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    All i know is if i enjoy it i expect it to disappear and if it sucks it will stay around only to anger me more

  • Reply Random Citizen May 27, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Jessica Chobot is HOT!!

    also, can't wait for the new Watchmen show

  • Reply kung Few May 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Something tells me H.B.O wont portray those guys wearing the rorschack masks in front of a statue of crucified Jesus as the good guys, shocker.😴

  • Reply Yuri May 27, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Damon Lindelof wrote it so just expect endless mystery-mongering that leads to nothing.

  • Reply Ricardo Arrieta May 27, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    This show already is a shit show, why not just make a good show that has more than enough material to use. But nah, y’all gonna let that idiot from Lost ruin another show. HBO dropped major cash for this feature, because it’s easy to see just how bad they fucked Watchmen up. Seriously!
    “Oh it’s just called that and even though it’s completely different from the source material, it’s still gonna be called watchmen.”
    Fucking idiots…

  • Reply Daniel Green May 27, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    who wrote the script of this garbage show? "its not your dad watchmen"?? bunch of idiots

  • Reply Jake Graham May 27, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    The only reason this isn’t an adaptation is so hbo can keep it going for a long time

  • Reply David Mayberry May 27, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I like that she says "whats with the guy with the panda head" but then right below the highlighted character of looking glass there's a description for the character PANDA!!!!

  • Reply SantoDominus Channel May 27, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Wow a Six Minute Video of NOTHING. Not your daddy's Watchmen.. Oh brother, regurgitating blurbs. You would think your Channel would actually do some reporting…..😒

  • Reply D WG May 28, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Wheel of time wil hopefully fill and even be better then GOT.

  • Reply Psychonaut 59 May 28, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Damon Lindeloff actually has a thought process?!?!?
    Love Watchmen, but if this moron is involved, I'm not wasting my time with this…

  • Reply TheReverend_808 May 28, 2019 at 2:08 am

    "Doomsday Clock"? With Dr. Manhattan involved, it should be "Doomsday Cock"

  • Reply Akil Solomon May 28, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Please! No more subvert expectations

  • Reply Neil Brown May 28, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I didn't like the original graphic novel. The movie was worse. The show will be beyond bad.

  • Reply Dennis Johnson May 28, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I don't know, DC hasn't been known for translating their shows to TV well.

  • Reply Joseph Lawhorn May 28, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Wouldn’t the New Testament of watchmen by doomsday clock?

  • Reply Evan Abbott May 28, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I just hope they do a good job.🤔

  • Reply RyoMassaki May 29, 2019 at 2:15 am

    All you need to know: Damon Lindelof.

    Thats it. I rest my case.

  • Reply Donnie Garbonzo May 29, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Glorified shitpost video.

  • Reply keepitwolf23 May 29, 2019 at 5:48 am

    this is an inspired sequel.

  • Reply Christoph Swager May 29, 2019 at 10:31 am

    please don't make anymore videos

  • Reply StealMyMuzak May 29, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Am I the only one cringing when she says, “Ozymandias”?

  • Reply Detective J May 29, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Watchmen (the book) came out the same year I was born. When I was a child my father used to read it to me all the time. Rorschach was my hero. Now as an adult I am the number 3 Private Investigator In The World

  • Reply atm Shuvo May 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    This channel has gone to shit

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  • Reply Bender stalka May 29, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Dr. Manhattan left the planet …. Thats what happen to him … Fucking #read people !

  • Reply Findlay Robertson May 29, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I'd leave a like if she'd pronounced Ozymandias correctly.

  • Reply Agesilaus Of Sparta May 29, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    if this is supposed to be a prequel, why is Ozymandias so old???

  • Reply Ben Wilson May 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Why, it’s ending was complete

  • Reply Leo Nidas May 30, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Did you say hbo.. the ppl that took part in messing up game of thrones. You say don't worry it will be another pathetic attempt to make something good a fail like star wars and/or other sjw driven shows…. riiiight.

  • Reply Adam Zielinski May 30, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    No. There is no subsitute for GOT period

  • Reply Big-E May 30, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I don't know. This could be really good or fall flat on its face with no in between. It's the characters of the Watchmen that make it so well loved. And those characters are put into a story that has depth and meaning in it. To just act like the source material is like a bible you can easily pull off without these characters leaves me skeptical. We'll see but I'm not so sure.

  • Reply the burning clutch May 30, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    So instead of good it will be woke…

  • Reply Tedward May 31, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Subverting . Thanks for shoe-horning that into the review. I don't think I've heard the word enough this week. Unrelated observation , Chobot doesn't seem to be even trying to be interested as she reads the cards.I miss that fire she had for this industry. Is it time for a reboot of her slot on this channel?

  • Reply Brent Ryan June 1, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Sounds a lot more interesting than watching Batwoman taking credit for a man’s work…

  • Reply Thr33D June 1, 2019 at 3:00 am

    …oh… …lost… …yay?…

  • Reply Ben June 1, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    This looks really stupid so far. I expect it to suck ass like the the last few seasons of GoT. I expect it to be mostly a vehicle for SJW ideology because that religion seems to have taken over the industry. I wonder how long this wave of annoying bullshit will last before we can all agree that strong ideologies ruin creative endeavors.

  • Reply Screechgames June 2, 2019 at 5:19 am

    That is in reference to these first suicide squad movie

  • Reply Christian Burgos June 2, 2019 at 5:28 am

    So … I get Nada from here!!!

  • Reply Kyle Schnur June 2, 2019 at 10:12 am

    I may be out on a wing here but the dude reflected in the mask….. kinda looks like ……
    Jackie Earle Haley right before he gets evaporated and he takes of his mask and yells "DO IT"!!!
    Imo lol

  • Reply Andrew M June 2, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Bet it will be sjws ruining another popular franchise.

  • Reply Talal Almalki June 2, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    🍵😁👍🏼 This Is so amazing this terrorist organisation channel is still around wow

  • Reply Arendelft June 2, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    ….remix? Remix?! I don't know what the Watchmen is/are, never heard of it/them before, what I know is when you take the original works of ANY work and redo or remix it you aren't avoiding stepping on toes, your stomping them, pulping them, sawing them off with that decrepit, rusty saw that's been sitting in your shed for twenty years. When are these people going to learn, make your own stories! Be original! Stop trying to rip off EVERYTHING in your line of site that did well in the past! Ugh!

  • Reply BadNews Kelly Leak June 3, 2019 at 9:58 am

    HBO is PC SJW garbage

  • Reply my god its full of stars June 5, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Stop watching T.V. and start reading books and let your imagination run wild.

  • Reply EL David June 5, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    you wan to know about manhattan? read doomsday clock

  • Reply State of Aporia June 6, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I recieved no information from this woman, so I imagined cumming on her tits and face…

    …about the only satisfaction I can get these days from the clickbait "info" videos.

  • Reply turbotommyguns June 7, 2019 at 5:16 am

    It's good to see Don Johnson around masks again. This time he doesn't have to worry about misaligned eye holes.

  • Reply Antonio Guamil June 7, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Now we just need for Goyer to come aboard and screw this show's finale…… I' m LOST.

  • Reply The RED Samurai June 8, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    um it looks like a sequel

  • Reply NPC homosexual commie liberal #88 June 9, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Don’t be fooled it’s SJW liberal propaganda at its finest…making killing cops a thing of the norm. gg

  • Reply HeavyLiquidOfficial June 9, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Niteowl's "Owl Ship" is called Archie. This isn't Batman

  • Reply stephen Newman June 10, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Looks crappier than the movie And thats a major accomplishment

  • Reply David Ross June 12, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    If it's not written by Moore it's not Watchmen

  • Reply Fabrobin June 14, 2019 at 3:03 am

    The man in the panda mask is "Panda" lol. It's described in the page you showed. He's an ethnic desk cop using humour to push people away

  • Reply Caleb Cotten June 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Yeh it's my dumb feminist sisters watchmen. I'll pass thank you. I love that ppl have views about all kinds of things but I dont try to cram my believes down anyone's throat so I will just not watch shit trying to shove shit down mine. Thank you.

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  • Reply cal turner June 29, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    If you an idiot maybe.

  • Reply zach McIntire July 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    So its a sequal???

  • Reply Brad Kwastel July 4, 2019 at 6:08 am

    It’s pronounced “Oz zee Mandiss”. Not “Oz zee man die is”.

  • Reply Tom Fluxus July 11, 2019 at 4:59 am

    If you have not seen it look up the motion comic version by on YouTube. It's an amazing one to one adaptation of the comics

  • Reply Schnozzer July 18, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Thanks, I hate it.

  • Reply Aeolus 13 Umbra July 21, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Could you possibly get a narrator who is more annoying?

  • Reply The Left. Over July 27, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Don't be fooled by HBO Watchmen series….it's not Watchmen.

  • Reply The Left. Over July 27, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    NERDIST……NERD…IST. Can't pronounce name of main character in a famous comic book

  • Reply B B August 12, 2019 at 2:48 am

    So HBO picked up the Watchmen rights and a couple writers with an unrelated story and mashed them together. Begging for the pre existing fans and screaming WATCHME in big yellow capitals…. Classy.

  • Reply YungYahweh August 21, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    The show takes place after the events of the comics -_- duh dude

  • Reply Dom Cruz August 25, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Tick tok, tick tok shit-clock's tickin' Rick!

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