Watchmen: New Trailer Hints at 'Vast and Insidious Conspiracy,' Shows Regina King in Masked-Badass Mode

War is brewing in the latest trailer for HBO’s Watchmen, so we’re going to get this out of the way early: We’re on whatever side Regina King’s Angela plays for.

If the reasoning put forth at the beginning of the clip is to be believed, Angela is driven by trauma, obsessed with justice and has experienced grievous injustice in her lifetime. But that doesn’t stop her from donning a mask and kicking down doors in the pursuit of good — even if that means, as she informs Don Johnson’s police chief Judd Crawford, getting a little rough. “There’s a guy in my trunk,” she says, feet kicked up on the desk. And that kind of moxie is going to be valuable if, as Louis Gossett Jr.’s Will Reeves posits, there’s a “vast and insidious conspiracy” afoot.

The new series from Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers) is based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel of the same name and “set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws.” The limited series promises to embrace the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. The new trailer shows us a bunch of “terrorists” known as the Kalvary, who seem to be targeting police officers like Angela. When one is questioned, we see his interrogator don a mask that seems very similar to that of the comic’s Rorshach, right?

The cast also includes Jean Smart (as Agent Laurie Blake), Jeremy Irons (as “the aging and imperious lord of a British manor,” per the official release), Tom Mison (as Mr. Phillips), Tim Blake Nelson (as Detective Looking Glass), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (as Cal Abar), Adelaide Clemens, James Wolk, Andrew Howard, Frances Fisher (as Jane Crawford), Jacob Ming-Trent, Hong Chau (as Lady Trieu), Sara Vickers (as Ms. Crookshanks), Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon.

Watchmen premieres Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9/8c. Press PLAY on the video above, then hit the comments with your Watchmen-related thoughts!

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