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With 'Watchmen,' Oscar winner Regina King gets to play superhero with Black Wall Street massacre as backdrop


Added 10-20-19 10:13:01am EST - “In "Watchmen," HBO's latest foray into the superhero genre, the newly-minted Academy Award winner portrays Angela Abar, a lead detective turned masked vigilante named Sister Night, in an alternate America where superheroes are treated…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “With ’Watchmen,' Oscar winner Regina King gets to play superhero with Black Wall Street massacre as backdrop”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In “Watchmen,” HBO’s latest foray into the superhero genre, the newly-minted Academy Award winner portrays Angela Abar, a lead detective turned masked vigilante named Sister Night, in an alternate America where superheroes are treated as outlaws.

“I always wanted to play a superhero," the veteran actress, whose career dates back the 1980s sitcom “227," told the Daily News.

“[She’s] somebody who was just like a total ultimate bada-- and I’ve never thought that it could be a story that’s complex,” King, 48, said of the Damon Lindelof-produced series she’s headlining, based on the 1986 DC Comics graphic novel of the same name.

Getting the opportunity to reunite with the “The Leftovers” co-creator was a major factor for the three-time Emmy Award-winning actress who, in recent years, has branched out into directing and producing television series including “Scandal” and “Being Mary Jane.”

The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 serving as the backdrop for the “Watchmen” storyline was also a major draw for King. “That the Tulsa Massacre is our entry point into this world … is fricking fantastic,” she said. “Who would have thunk, Damon Lindelof, who is someone, I’m a fan of [his] work and I just thought it was just genius.”

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