This story contains spoilers for the series premiere of HBO’s Watchmen, “It is Summer and now we’re Running away from Ice,” therefore the novel that is graphic that the drama is situated.
“Nothing finishes, Adrian. Nothing ever finishes.”
Doctor Manhattan blinks out of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen with those haunting parting words, making Adrian Veidt and audience alike to ponder their meaning. In a literal feeling (and definitely an unintended feeling, provided Moore’s distaste for sequels to their sprawling superhero subversion), the erstwhile Jon Osterman’s strange farewell laid the groundwork to get more Watchmen — first as Zack Snyder’s 2009 function movie, then a number of extra comics like Before Watchmen and Doomsday Clock, and today HBO’s tv show from Damon Lindelof, featuring Regina King, and centering on a complete brand new group of dilemmas inside the globe Dr. Manhattan put aside.
Needless to say, Dr. Manhattan is not actually gone, at the least when we’re to just take the show premiere of Lindelof’s semi-sequel at face value. Certainly, he did not also keep our galaxy as guaranteed at the conclusion of Moore and Gibbons’ work; he is on Mars, nevertheless spinning structures away from sand, relating to a news broadcast that is blink-and-you-miss-it.
Even with one episode, questions regarding Manhattan’s actual whereabouts and agenda that is currentthough just what does current mean to at least one such as for example Manhattan?) currently abound — and rightfully therefore, given what is understood associated with the character: he’s got the capacity to experience moments across time; he is able to replicate himself; he had been final seen saying their intent of developing life that is new a long way away through the Milky Method; Veidt’s own want to drop a gigantic telepathic squid on nyc and therefore unite the planet under a provided utopian ideal ended up being completely fake news why think Manhattan’s Martian hangout is genuine, whenever there is sufficient reason to suspect otherwise?