Who watches the Watchmen?

HBO’s darkly and brilliant Watchmen is one of the most hotly anticipated superhero series ever. 

Watchmen is based on the universe created in the DC Comics limited series of the same name. The story takes place in an alternative 2019, in a version of the United States that’s without the internet. Masked vigilantes have been outlawed because of their violent methods – and they’re not too happy about it.

The central figure in the original comic-book story was Rorschach, a vigilante whose mask changes frequently (like the inkblots on the famed Rorschach tests). That character perished in the books, but in the series, his presence still looms large. Inspired by him, a white supremacy group surfaces, all wearing masks. Meanwhile, the police are also forced to wear masks to hide their identities and protect their families.

Oscar-winner Regina King leads the cast as Angela Abar, and you’ll recognise some famous faces in the series.

Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons plays Adrian Veidt, also known as Ozymandias; TV legend Don Johnson plays Police Chief Judd Crawford and Robert Redford is President Robert Redford, who’s been in office since 1992.

Watch the Watchmen on Mondays on M-Net (101) at 21:00 - episodes come express from the US. Also available to stream at Showmax.

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