Watchmen: Reflecting on Regina King’s game-changing performance

Photo: Regina King in Watchmen.. Image Courtesy Mark Hill/HBO
Photo: Regina King in Watchmen.. Image Courtesy Mark Hill/HBO /
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Watchmen — photo: Mark Hill/HBO /

What made her so good?

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Regina King played Angela Abar and her police persona, the enigmatic Sister Night. Angela Abar was one of the strongest characters we’ve seen in a comic book show. Although she didn’t have superhuman strength or anything like that, what made her strong was her will. This is immediately apparent in her will to raise a family, be the breadwinner, and maintain a healthy relationship with her husband.  At home, she was a caring mother to her adopted children as well as a source of strength to her husband. She seemed to control a lot of the household without making her husband feel inferior or insecure. In fact, she praises him for being secure in his role. Her main priority was being there for her kids, who never felt like their mother wasn’t around or didn’t care.

On the job, Angela Abar was the police’s most trusted detective, working on a case that went deeper as the season progressed. And as things hit closer to home, she didn’t quit. She made it a point to continue digging until she found the truth. Abar was so determined she was willing to risk personal injury to find out the truth. When things got deeper, she was willing to give up her loving relationship to set things right. She knew that her personal life wasn’t worth risking the lives of millions. You could tell it hurt her, but she did it anyway.