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"Who Watches the Watchmen?" Means More Than You Think in HBO's New Series

HBO is launching a new series Sunday called Watchmen, a fresh take on the world of the DC Comics series and 2009 film of the same name. The comics, film, and TV series are all set in an alternate reality where masked vigilantes take the law into their own hands. Over the course of the story, the presence of these superheroes leads to changes in world history as we know it.

The United States wins the Vietnam War and President Nixon's Watergate scandal is never exposed - mostly because he enlists one of the Watchmen who has turned evil to kill Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Nixon also abolishes term limits, so he is still president in 1985, which is when the film is set.

The TV series picks up decades later, when a white supremacy group who style themselves after famous Watchmen member Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley in the film) start attacking law enforcement officers.

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