‘Watchmen’ Fans Are Going Nuts Over Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Character Reveal

As an actor, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is not any stranger to holding secrets and techniques. Having performed the villain within the superhero flick Aquaman and starring within the mysterious Us from Jordan Peele, Abdul-Mateen has been tight-lipped about loads of plot particulars. But he’s by no means needed to maintain a secret just like the one HBO’s Watchmen simply revealed.

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Abdul-Mateen performs Calvin “Cal” Abar on the collection, the husband to Regina King’s police officer Angela Abar, a.okay.a. Sister Night. But in Episode 7 of Watchmen’s first season, titled “An Almost Religious Awe,” a serious secret is revealed about who Abar actually is, and it’s a second that might change all the collection going ahead.

NOTE: Below are SPOILER ALERTS for the collection and graphic novel.

When Abdul-Mateen spoke to us earlier in 2019 in regards to the present, he mentioned: “Obviously Damon Lindelof and Regina King and the entire cast is really stacked. It’s one of those projects that people are going to be watching out for… so tune in.” Little did anybody understand how a lot enjoyable this collection can be.

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HBO’s Watchmen has been one of the crucial thrilling collection on TV this yr, and a part of the explanation why is the way it’s cleverly used the unique Watchmen graphic novel to create an alternate historical past for the TV collection’ world. On the present, the occasions of the e-book are thought-about canon, and the enduring characters of the graphic novel have confirmed up in varied methods.

Up till this level, main into Episode 7, viewers have believed Cal is solely Angela’s husband—and never instantly related to any characters from the unique Watchmen graphic novel. But the ultimate moments reveal that Cal is definitely one of the crucial iconic characters from the Watchmen collection: He’s Doctor Manhattan / Jon Osterman.

Here’s how Abdul-Mateen reacted to folks seeing the reveal on social media:


— Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2 (@yahya) December 2, 2019

Long regarded as residing on Mars or another planet following the occasions of the graphic novel, the atomic-powered Doctor Manhattan is principally a god-like determine to the folks of this world. He helped win the Vietnam War and allowed the U.S. to make Vietnam the 51st state. Later in 1985, he left Earth after an enormous assault in New York City that killed three million folks—or so everybody thought.

Instead, Doctor Manhattan has been hiding on Earth within the type of Cal Abar—who’s oblivious to the key he’s been hiding. Angela is aware of who Cal is beneath his pores and skin, as she’s the one who hits him within the head with a hammer and opens him as much as reveal who he really is: the blue-glowing superweapon that’s Doctor Manhattan.

Doctor Manhattan in a panel from the unique ‘Watchmen’ comedian (left), and a newer depiction from DC Comics (proper). Watchmen / HBO / DC Comics

With simply two episodes left within the first season, Watchmen has a whole lot of secrets and techniques to disclose and inquiries to reply, but it surely’s potential none of them can be as massive because the one they revealed with Abdul-Mateen.

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