Only 3 episodes in, HBO’s Watchmen, a sequel series to Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name, is shaping up to be one of this years best shows. An anti-super hero-super hero show, that has so far played out more like True Detective than the Flash, with many plot points shrouded in sci-fi mystery, as is tradition with any Damon Lindelof run show.
Watchmen’s cast has been a closely guarded secret, with the biggest mystery surrounding the show at the moment being who is playing Doctor Manhattan, a scientist who was gifted with god like powers after an accident in his lab in the original novel. Manhattan has been discussed in detail on the show and paintings of him have been shown, however he has yet to make an appearance.
Many theory’s have been spat all over the Internet as to who the mystery actor may be, ranging from people already revealed on the show, to him not appearing at all, to the best one yet: WWE superstar John Cena will play the naked blue man. This theory first emerged wayyyyy back in 2017 when the show was in production, as few cast members had been announced, but filming was already nearing completion, which is when John Cena posted this on Instagram:
Pretty suspicious huh?? The issue is, Cena frequently posts out of context images on IG with no explanation, meaning he could just be stirring the plot simply to stir it. BUT FUCK THAT, show wasn’t really hyped up then, so what would be the point??
The theory lost all steam and was nearly forgotten about after the above post…until last weekend, when a painting in the background of a scene in episode 3 gave us our first glimpse of Manhattans face:
Reddit sleuths immediately pointed out the fact that Manhattans facial structure in the painting bears a striking resemblance to that of John Cenas, I mean that jaw line is ELITE, like 16-time world heavyweight champion ELITE, and I’m totally sold on this theory.
If you still aren’t hyped on this casting choice, let me sell you on the best part: given Doctor Manhattans appearance usually lacks clothes (he feels they are not needed) and he is completely blue because of the accident in the lab, John Cena is going to not only hang dong, but hang BLUE dong for all of our viewing pleasure.
Time will tell if Damon Lindelof made this surprise casting, but fingers are certainly crossed we are right on this. One last look at the naked blue man to really get you hyped:
“YOU CANT SEE ME, unless I’m blue and naked” – John Cena (probably)