Watchmen: Character Name Revealed



HBO posted a press release earlier this week, casually noting that Tom's heretofore unnamed character is named Mr. Phillips. If this were any other show, that might sound like a butler's name, but in the twisty turny world of Watchmen, not much is as it seems on the surface. No other information was divulged, so we wait until October to find out for sure just what Mr. Phillips is really all about. Here is the full text of the press release:

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN, from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”; HBO’s “The Leftovers”) embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Nicole Kassell directs the pilot from a script written by Lindelof.

Debuting in October, WATCHMEN reunites Lindelof with Regina King (HBO’s “The Leftovers”; Oscar® winner for “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emmy® winner for “Seven Seconds” and “American Crime”; Golden Globe winner for “If Beale Street Could Talk”). King leads the cast as Angela Abar, who wears two masks; one as a lead detective in The Tulsa Police Force and another as wife and mother of three. The cast also includes Jeremy Irons (Oscar® winner for “Reversal of Fortune”; Emmy® winner for “Big Cat Week” and “Elizabeth I”) as the aging and imperious Lord of a British Manor; Don Johnson (Golden Globe winner for “Miami Vice”) as Judd Crawford, Tulsa Chief of Police; Jean Smart (Emmy® winner for “Samantha Who?” and “Frasier”) as FBI Agent Laurie Blake; Tim Blake Nelson as Detective Looking Glass; Louis Gossett Jr. (Oscar® winner for “An Officer and a Gentleman”; Emmy® winner for “Roots”) as Will Reeves; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar; Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips; Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. Additional cast include Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, the mysterious trillionaire, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dylan Schombing and James Wolk.

Produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer/writer Damon Lindelof; executive producer/director, Nicole Kassell; executive producer, Tom Spezialy; executive producer/director, Stephen Williams; executive producer, Joseph Iberti. Based on the iconic graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.

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Photo credit: Mark Hill/HBO

Happy Birthday, Tom!



Congratulations to Tom for completing one more trip around the sun - he celebrates his 37th birthday today! Sending out the very best wishes to him for a perfectly wonderful day.

Watchmen: Official Comic-Con Trailer

After months of anticipation, HBO has dropped a meaty trailer for us to obsess over until the premiere in October. Still no specific day for the start of the series, but at least we're narrowing it down!



Not much about Tom's character can really be gleaned - he is rumored to be Mime/Marcos Maez but that hasn't yet been officially confirmed. At 2:32, it seems to be him with pigs, but he is dressed more like a butler (another rumor about his role). He could also be the masked guy in the wig at 2:23. Is he a butler with a masked alter ego? Is that actually Mime? The mystery continues.

Watchmen: San Diego Comic Con 2019

Promotion for the series is starting to expand as San Diego Comic Con opens this week. There won't be any Watchmen panels or appearances inside the Con (at least none that has been announced), but expect to see lots of photos posted by fans from the 2 off-site locations for their immersive "in-world experience" nearby. Enamel pins will also be given away. Could this tweet be a preview of what to expect at those sites? We'll find out starting tomorrow.



Hotel key cards at official Con hotels, pictured below from @englishmansdcc, will also have the Watchmen branding - and embedded QR codes. Fans who read the QR code will be taken to a secret tweet telling them they will be among the first to see the new Watchmen trailer (hint: you can read the code from these photos).



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Twitter dropped some Watchmen hashtags today.

Also, Warner TV has a series of official Comic Con bags, including the designs below for the show.

Does all this mean that they might screen the trailer at the Con and then release it this week? Who knows. It's still a mystery, but it feels like we'll finally be getting something more substantial sooner rather than later. Maybe we'll even get a premiere date. Dare to dream.