This year’s big-budget retelling of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ beloved graphic novel “Watchmen” has been one of the most tantalizing question-marks on the TV landscape this year. We knew it was coming but what would it be? Thankfully, a new trailer, released to coincide with San Diego Comic Con, has shed some light on the project, if not given us any straight-up answers. Maybe it’s best if you just watch the trailer for the Damon Lindelof-created series yourself:

As you can see, there are some hallmarks from the original work: Dr. Manhattan (who is playing the character has yet to be revealed), on and off of Mars; the Owl Ship; a sneering Ozymandias (Jeremy Irons); Nixon; squids! There are also allusions to Silk Spectre and the pirate comic strip that acted as a through-line in the original series. Everything else though … wow. It seems to involve a vast conspiracy, the philosophical conundrum of vigilantism, and Don Johnson chewing the scenery with reckless abandon. And, true to earlier reports, it seems to be something of a companion piece/sequel to the original story (fitting for a series as obsessed with alternate history as Moore and Gibbons’ book) and not a direct adaptation. We are in.

The series, which features a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, will premiere before Halloween this year. But something tells me that after watching the show, maybe you won’t want to wear a mask.

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