As far as casting goes, this feels absolutely pitch-perfect.
“Who watches the Watchmen?”
There are some filmmakers out there who seemingly everybody harbours strong opinions on, and one of those is undoubtedly Zack Snyder. His output has been divisive – to say the very least.
He has delivered audiences the likes of Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and beyond. However, most would agree that his greatest achievement is his adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel Watchmen, which many considered genuinely unfilmable beforehand.
The 2009 epic has its detractors, but for every sceptic, there will be two more superfans there to defend it wholeheartedly. When news of a series emerged, fans were thrilled and worried in equal measure. Trailers began to emerge, teasing an entirely new story and an impressive ensemble. Hopes were high, but finally, Damon Lindelof’s (Lost) series emerged for its first episode on Sunday, October 20th 2019.
Watchmen: Adrian Veidt
If you’ve come to the exciting new series after seeing the 2009 film, then chances are you’re looking out for characters that were present in Zach’s take.
Well, remember Ozymandias? He was one of the central characters in the Watchmen novel and was played in the film by actor Matthew Goode (Stoker). He is celebrated as a genius and a billionaire, but it was eventually revealed that he is the true antagonist of the narrative.
His real name is Adrian Alexander Veidt, who appears in the series as an older gentleman. The series takes place in an alternate present-day United States, acting as a refreshing sequel of sorts, rather than an adaptation of existing material.
This gives Damon plenty of room to sculpt his own path, allowing the performers to provide their own take on familiar characters while spotlighting new ones.
He’s played by Jeremy Irons!
The character of Adrian is excellently portrayed by beloved 71-year-old English actor Jeremy Irons.
He does well to elaborate on what Matthew Goode established with his performance while still conveying a sense that such a great deal of time has passed.
Jeremy has appeared in so many iconic roles, such as Scar in Disney’s animated 1994 classic The Lion King, Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance, Aramis in The Man in the Iron Mask and beyond.
That’s really only the tip of the iceberg, as he’s also appeared in David Lynch’s Inland Empire (he played Kingsley Stewart), Kingdom of Heaven (Tiberias), Eragon (Brom), High-Rise (Royal), Their Finest (Secretary of War), Assassin’s Creed (Rikkin) – and let’s not forget that he played Alfred in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
There have already been some intriguing theories about the actor’s Watchmen character, with the below tweet even suggesting that he may actually be Dr. Manhattan; we’ll be sure to watch it with this possibility in mind!
Audiences are won over
Since the first episode screened, audiences have taken to Twitter to discuss.
One viewer wrote: “After watching the series premiere of @watchmen, I want more, and I want it all RIGHT NOW. Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias is brilliant casting and @ReginaKing was phenomenal. The storyline arc with the boy, the old man in the wheelchair, and the “note” has me hooked. #WatchmenHBO.”
Reflecting on the introduction, another added: “I just got done with the Watchmen pilot and it definitely piqued my interest almost immediately. A couple of cool ideas expanding off the original novel and I can’t wait to see where it goes and what else happens. And Jeremy Irons was PERFECT casting as Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias.”
Continuing the praise of Jeremy’s performance, one expressed: “I just watched the first episode of Watchmen and it was pretty damn good. Don Johnson and Jeremy Irons were amazing.”
We’re more than excited to follow this television event for a whole nine episodes; maybe we’ll still be desperate for more.
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