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Watchmen's Adrien Veidt Is a Terrifying Presence in This Clip From the Show's Blu-Ray Release

Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias.
Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias.
Image: HBO

Adrien Veidt, Ozymandias himself, didn’t do it thirty-five minutes ago—it was decades ago. And he’s not quite the same man he used to be.

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In an exclusively released clip (via TV Line) from the upcoming Blu-Ray release of Watchmen, the HBO sequel to the classic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic, we get a look at Ozymandias (Jeremy Irons) as he appears in the series: old, kind of broken, deeply unsettled and unsettling.

“All of his activities are a means to an end of his own sense of greatness, his own sense of self,” story editor Jeff Jensen says, describing an interpretation of the character that is a bit less ambiguous than the messy, egotistical but possibly idealistic moralist in the comics. Safe to say, the show sees him in a different, more bleak fashion. In the featurette, Jensen and executive producer and director Nicole Kassell dig into how that interpretation functions. While this video doesn’t get hard into discussing spoiler territory, clips from the show reveal a lot, so be careful.

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Bad news is the video isn’t embeddable, so you’ll have to click through to TV Line to watch it, but it’s well worth it if you want a taste of the type of special features the Watchmen Blu-Ray release is going to bring. That release, by the way, is happening on June 2nd, this upcoming Tuesday. And Watchmen is currently available on HBO streaming platforms.


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lightninglouie
lightninglouie

Eh, Veidt in the comics is not an idealist. He is a pragmatist, maybe the ultimate pragmatist. As one of the wealthiest individuals on the planet he has come to see the human race and civilization not as something he belongs to, but an extended support system for his physical and mental well-being. He doesn’t “save” humanity out of love or charity, he does it because WWIII would irreparably damage his bottom line. (You could argue the same thing about the AIs and megacorporations in cyberpunk novels from the same era in which Watchmen was written.)

And there is arguably a whole generation of tech bros who would see Veidt as the hero of Watchmen, manipulating people’s base self-interests and insecurities to guarantee a better outcome. Zuckerberg going on about Augustus Caesar sounds exactly like Veidt obsessing on Alexander. Shit, Veidt even has a bug-out base in the Southern Hemisphere.