HBO’s Watchmen bills itself as an outcome of the influential 1986 graphic book, not a remake, and it has gone through. With a tale set 34 years post the events of the novel, the show has gone through the fallout from Watchmen, but not conversed with its tale directly.
But that all transforms in the series’ sixth episode, “This Extraordinary Being,” in which Watchmen the TV show acquires a huge change to Watchmen the comic — and does it without really transforming a thing.
This Extraordinary Being” discloses something that the real Watchmen comic forcefully left a mystery: the identity of Hooded Justice.
America’s initial costumed crime fighter, who acquired the other Minutemen to acquire up the life, was William Reeves who was the childhood survivor of the destruction of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Black Wall Street, and a queer black person.
This is a huge expansion of the real source material. But what is interesting about it is not just the change itself, but how nicely the folks behind HBO’s Watchmen transcribed it into the canon of the Watchmen novel.
WHO WAS HOODED JUSTICE IN THE COMICS?
For a part who was the very initial “superhero” of their alternate past of the United States, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons gave few details regarding Hooded Justice in their comic book.
He seems in an only single scene in the 12-issue sequel, and the huge majority of what we have information about him arrives from a secondhand account: beneath the Hood, the fictional memoir of Hollis Mason, aka Nite Owl.
Watchmen episode 6’s title, “This Extraordinary Being,” is a straight quote from Under the Hood.
The lack of this information can be chalked up to what Hooded Justice was most popular for being the only costumed vigilante to have never disclosed his secret identity, not even to other ready vigilantes.