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Watchmen *SPOILERS*

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I really thought I was going to make it to this movie's opening without getting my hopes up. One picture of a kid reading "Tales from the Black Freighter" and I start to jibber. :urock:

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On the movie backlot, like a sailor on shore leave, I gawp in wonder at a New York City that never really was. Once a Canadian lumber yard, it's become a complex of American city streets.

At the corner, a Treasure Island store promises a bounty of pulp thrills; down the block, the Gunga Diner beckons, fully fitted out in chrome and purple leather and, over there, the Rumrunner sign looms luridly. Even the austere facade of the Institute For Extraspatial Studies can't spoil the gaudy fun.

On an upper floor, I spot the windows of the Judomaster Martial Arts Studio. I’m stopped in my tracks. Judomaster? Detail piles on dizzying detail.

Rain's falling hard now and I'm led inside, through a grubby little hovel crammed with dressmaking dummies, past the huge halls of Karnak, into Dan Dreiberg's homely brownstone and down to where the Owl Ship sits. I clamber aboard in giddy delight.

The rest of the visit kaleidoscopes crazily by: I watch footage of Rorschach pulling Nite Owl off a bloodied Knot Top; I flip through an issue of the Black Freighter; on a laptop, I see raw CGI blocking for the Vietnam sequence; I hold a smiley face pin splattered with what looks like real human bean juice; sitting in my own personal director's chair, I sign dozens of books and posters for cast and crew...

Finally, tired but happy, arms around my new buddies, costumed and otherwise, it's my turn to smile for the camera.

A month later, I'm smiling still.

-Dave Gibbons

December 2007

http://rss.warnerbros.com/watchmen/

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20th Century Fox has initiated a legal battle against Warner Bros. over the rights to develop, produce and distribute a film based on the graphic novel Watchmen, says The Hollywood Reporter.

On Friday, the studio sued Warner Bros., claiming it holds the exclusive copyrights and contract rights to Watchmen.

Warner Bros. plans to release on March 6, 2009 a big-screen version of the popular graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder (300) and stars Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Stephen McHattie and Matt Frewer.

The trade says Fox seeks to enjoin Warner Bros. from going forward with the project, saying in the lawsuit that it seeks to "restrain (Warner Bros. Pictures) from taking actions that violate Fox's copyrights and which stand to forever impair Fox's rights to control the distribution and development of this unique work."

Fox claims that between 1986 and 1990, it acquired all movie rights to the 12-issue DC Comics series and screenplays by Charles McKeown and Sam Hamm. In 1991, Fox assigned some rights via a quitclaim to Largo International with the understanding that the studio held exclusive rights to distribute the first motion picture based on Watchmen, according to the lawsuit.

When Largo dismantled, the rights were transferred to producer Lawrence Gordon. Under a "turnaround agreement" between Fox and Gordon, the producer agreed to pay a buy-out price to Fox if he entered into any agreement with another studio or third party to develop or produce Watchmen, among other things.

Now, Fox claims that neither Gordon nor Warner Bros. has paid the buy-out price or advised the studio of any other conditions required under the agreement, including procedures necessary to acquire the rights to Watchmen from Fox.

http://www.superherohype.com/news/watchmennews.php?id=6782

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Nite Owl is a little too Batman. I'd much rather have him look like Blue Beetle. But that Comedian is the fucking shit!

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Nite Owl is a little too Batman. I'd much rather have him look like Blue Beetle. But that Comedian is the fucking shit!

I thought the same thing, about both.

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Holy crap.

Holy crap holy crap holy crap.

All right, Snyder. I'm in. I'm fucking well in.

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Like I said in the thread over on the O, they look fine... but the plastic vinyl reflective texture for EVERY SINGLE SUPERHERO'S COSTUME is getting really over the top now. The Comedian and Rorschach look great, and the Silk Spectre looks all right, but that Nite Owl is not pleasant. Ozymandias, I'm still undecided on.

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I don't see the point in waiting to unveil Manhattan until the SDCC. It's not like he's a character whose design leaves a lot to the imagination.

Think the crowds will turn on the film when he's revealed to be wearing manties?

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I don't see the point in waiting to unveil Manhattan until the SDCC. It's not like he's a character whose design leaves a lot to the imagination.

Think the crowds will turn on the film when he's revealed to be wearing manties?

I think that'll give a big part of the crowd the reason it's looking for to turn on the film, yeah.

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