HBO released a special trailer for “Watchmen” to celebrate comic-com. The series comes from Damon Lindelof and is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. The official logline of the series reads, “Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.”

The show features an all-star cast for the first season, including 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.

Watchmen is based on the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC. The network released the video on social media, telling fans, “There is a vast and insidious conspiracy at play.”

The executive producers are Damon Lindelof, Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti. Damon Lindelof will also be serving as writer for the show, with Nicole Kassell directing the pilot, and Stephen Williams serving as director. Watchmen is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television, based on characters from DC.

In 2009, one year after Marvel’s “Iron Man” hit theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures released a “Watchmen” film nationwide. Zack Snyder directed the movie, which was a moderate financial success at the time. “Watchmen” made $107M domestically and $77M in foreign markets. That project featured Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. You can compare that with 2008’s “Iron Man” film from Marvel, which made over $318M domestically and over $585M worldwide.

San Diego Comic-Con runs from Thursday July 18th through July 21st, and you can find more SDCC Headlines to stay on top of the announcements and trailers.

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