One might think there would be a tipping point for superheroes on TV, but we are definitely not there yet. And HBO knows it, with the network going forward with its mega-ensemble adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel Watchmen. With a series order now secured, Damon Lindelof's episodic take on the superhero saga has finally started putting its cast list together, and the actors that have already joined are surprisingly fantastic.
Not surprising because HBO shows don't normally have fantastic casts, but the lineup altogether just makes one say, "Wow." So let's take a look at all the Watchmen characters we know so far, as well as who they will be playing, when applicable. We can expect to see a lot more announcements in the coming weeks, so bookmark this page to keep current with all the multi-generational heroes.
Don Johnson - ???
Former Miami Vice frontman Don Johnson has gone through a TV renaissance in recent years, from the short-lived Blood & Oil to the comedy Sick Note to Fox's cancelled LA to Vegas. But while he's always been a badass, he's never been part of the comics, and Watchmen should be a fantastic start. Though no casting details were given by Deadline, photos have surfaced that have indicated his character is aligned with the Tulsa Police Department.
Regina King - ???
From American Crime to The Leftovers to The Boondocks, Regina King knows a little something about making popular and wildly acclaimed TV. Watchmen will hopefully be just as popular and critically adored, and I would bet money on King being a big part of that appeal. Without any character clues to go on, and without a whole lot of female characters within the Watchmen universe, we'd guess she would be one of the Silk Spectres.
Tim Blake Nelson - Looking Glass
One of cinema's most fantastic character actors, and one who will next be seen in the Coen brothers' TV show, Tim Blake Nelson has popped up in two comic book movies that weren't the most memorable. Empire reported Nelson's been cast as an Oklahoman cop who may be a sociopath named Looking Glass. An officer wearing a yellow mask was recently featured on the show's Instagram page, which could be our first look at him.
Lou Gossett Jr. - ???
With such classics as Roots, An Officer and a Gentlemen and Iron Eagle in his past, Lou Gossett Jr. has appeared in so many TV shows and movies, it's hard to keep up. Most recently, he could be seen in the now-cancelled Hap and Leonard and in Season 1 of The Good Fight, with many more projects on the horizon. Gossett may play someone involved with the Minutemen, or someone independent of the heroes themselves.
Adelaide Clemens - ???
Having starred in one of TV's most powerful dramas, Rectify, Adelaide Clemens certainly had work cut out for her in finding an equally noteworthy follow-up show. But I believe we can all agree Watchmen is that show, and the Australian actress seems ripe to take on one of the Silk Spectre roles. Or perhaps there will be some gender-swapped roles to give females more of a role in this updated version.
Andrew Howard - ???
Having appeared in some of the most popular shows on TV, actor Andrew Howard is no stranger to the world of action and comic book stories. He was part of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast some years back, and has been seen in Limitless, Hell on Wheels, 24: Legacy, The Brave and Bates Motel. While it's hard to know who Howard could end up playing... he's possibly a good fit for Moloch the Mystic?
Jeremy Irons - Ozymandias
Jeremy Irons has a long history of prestigious and popular projects in showbiz, ranging from playing Alfred in the DC extended universe to Rodrigo Borgia in The Borgias to Scar himself in The Lion King. He even won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991 for his performance in Reversal of Fortune. Slashfilm has reported that Irons will be playing Adrian Veldt, aka Ozymandias, in what will be an older version of the character.
Tom Mison - ???
Prior to 2013, Tom Mison was primarily known for projects filmed across the pond. Pride and Prejudice fans will recognize his character's name, Mr. Bingley, from the 2008 miniseries Lost in Austen on ITV, and he was back on the miniseries circuit in 2012 with Parade's End. In 2013, he debuted as Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, which ran for four seasons. His Watchmen character is currently a mystery, as with a bulk of the cast.
Frances Fisher - ???
Despite a long and prosperous career, Frances Fisher is probably still best known for her role as Rose's mom in Titanic. More recently, she had multi-episode runs on Resurrection, Criminal Minds, Masters of Sex, and Swedish Dicks, as well as a memorable appearance in Fargo. Like Tom Mison, she appeared in a project based on Pride and Prejudice will the Hallmark movie Marrying Mr. Darcy. No details are available about who she'll play on Watchmen.
Jacob Ming-Trent - ???
The career of Jacob Ming-Trent kicked off back in 2007 with an appearance on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but he didn't get a bigger break into the TV biz until almost a decade later with AMC's short-lived Feed the Beast in 2016. He followed that up in 2017 with Showtime's White Famous, although that too was cancelled after one season. His Watchmen character is -- you guessed it -- unknown at this point.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II - ???
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II made a name for himself in 2016 with The Get Down, where he played the character Cadillac. He then moved to the big screen for roles in Baywatch and The Greatest Showman. He made a return to streaming television with an episode of The Handmaid's Tale and will be featured as the villain Black Manta in Aquaman when it releases in December. Who he plays in Watchmen is not currently known.
Sara Vickers - ???
Scottish actress Sara Vickers is best-known for her performance as Joan Thursday in Endeavour, which airs on ITV. She's turned in performances in the period pieces The Alienist and The Crown. In 2016, she appeared in the third season of British crime drama Shetland in a stint running six episode. Prior to that, she could be seen in Privates on the BBC. Who does she play in Watchmen? Only time will tell.
Jean Smart- Agent Blake
Jean Smart has had a couple of memorable gigs on television as of late, but superhero show fans may recognize her as Melanie Bird on FX's Legion. Smart will play an FBI agent investigating a murder, although her character's full name has not been revealed. Despite that, Deadline has pegged her as playing a new character series regular Agent Blake. Still, the fact that she shares the same last name as Edward Morgan Blake, aka the late Comedian, is fascinating.
James Wolk, who was a big part of CBS All Access twisted fairy tale series Tell Me A Story, is apparently playing a sizable role in Watchmen. As is the case with almost everyone announced for this series so far his role is under wraps, but reports have surfaced he'll be playing a junior senator from Oklahoma. The role is believed to be "major" according to Deadline, so his character may play a big factor in the plot.
Dylan Schombing- ???
He may be one of the younger actors of the lot, but Dylan Schombing has made quite a career for himself in a relatively short time. Schombing appeared in the much-hyped American adaptation of The Slap and had long-running roles on Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce and HBO's Sharp Objects. There are no details or rumors about Schombing's role in Watchmen at this time.
Adelynn Spoon is a fresh face to Hollywood with Watchmen being one of her first two roles in Hollywood. Spoon is one of three children involved in the production, and as usual, there are no details about the character she will be playing. Having said that, it will be interesting to see if any of these children end up being connected to any of our heroes or villains from the upcoming project.
Lily Rose Smith-???
Lily Rose Smith is another relatively fresh face in Hollywood who has joined the cast of Watchmen, but she has had one sizable role prior to joining. Smith was a part of The Vampire Diaries and played the part of Josie Saltzman from 2015 to 2017. Again, we're not sure how these three children will be incorporated into the show's plot, although we're optimistic Damien Lindelof has something in mind for all of these young talents.