Watchmen: How accurate is the HBO series to the original story line?

Watchmen is set to premiere tonight and no doubt you will want to stream it live, or later in the week. Here’s where you can do just that.

Watchmen officially debuted on HBO and both fans and critics can’t praise the new series enough; but how accurate to the original story line is the series?

HBO’s latest original series, Watchmen, has debuted and it has gotten off on the right foot. Both fans and critics have praised the series, with some calling it an exhilarating ride and the show of the year.

Like most TV shows right now, Watchmen is based on a comic book series of the same name. And, like most TV adaptations of comic books and novels, fans are wondering how accurate the series is to the original story line?


Advertisement: Get the Deluxe Edition of Watchmen by DC Comics

Watchmen, Deluxe Edition


Published by DC Comics in 1986 and 1987. The American/British superhero comic book limited series was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The HBO television adaption is not the fist adaption of the comic book. It has been adapted to film, an animation film and motion comic.

More: Where can you stream Watchmen?

Damon Lindelof, the showrunner of the HBO television series, announced via Instagram how accurate to the original story line the HBO adaptation will be and what he had to say is surprising; in a good way.

Releasing a five-page letter to fans. Lindelof discusses a range of different topics about the series, including how accurate the adaption is, and, in a nutshell, it is neither a direct adaption or a prequel series.

View this post on Instagram

Day 140.

A post shared by Damon (@damonlindelof) on

Depending on your point of view will depend on how you view Lindelof’s letter. For those of you who prefer adaptions to stick to the original source material, you will find this extremely disappointing. Whereas those of you who prefer change and surprise will find this take both refreshing and unique.

So, to answer the original question. How accurate is the Watchmen to the original story line? Well, it turns out, not a whole lot.

Did you watch the premiere of Watchmen? Have you read the original DC Comics? If so, what did you think of the adaption? Drop a comment just below sharing your thoughts.

Image Credit: Watchmen — Mark Hill/HBO — Acquired via HBO Media Relations

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.