Watchmen Lawsuit Update

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 12th, 2013 at 9:34 pm,

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I tell you, when first heard about 20th Century Fox’s lawsuit against Warner Bros. over the rights to the Watchmen movie, the first thing I said to myself was “I know that, somehow, Adam West is at the center of all this!”

And, as crazy as that might sound, turns out I might’ve been right.

Some Watchmen rights activists have been doing some digging and discovered an interesting fact: while Fox owns the footage from the campy, 1960′s Batman television series, it is in fact Warner Bros. who currently owns all copyright and trademark rights for all DC Comics characters.

What this means is that Fox can’t capitalize on the runaway success of The Dark Knight by releasing a DVD collection of the 60′s Batman series, because it would infringe upon Warner Bros.’ copyright/trademark ownership of Batman, the character. According to Comic Book Movie’s inside source, this dilemma with the Batman TV series is a major reason why Fox launched the injunction against Warner Bros. over Watchmen: if they can put enough pressure on Warner Bros., then Fox can probably put out the Batman series DVD without having to pay Warner Bros. a whopping chunk of change to do so–screwing you, the fanboy, in order to get a few extra dollars.

But kudos to those fanboys who will not be made the puppets of the Hollywood indu$try! We here at Screen Rant already reported on fanboy Wyatt Barlup, who called for a boycott of all Fox films until they rescinded their lawsuit against Watchmen. Now, as you can see in the photos below, “Rorschasch” is keeping lone vigil outside of Fox studios, rallying the support of all those who want to see Watchmen premiere as scheduled, on March 6, 2009.

Good man, “Rorschach.” You keep at it.

In the meantime, mum has been the word on how far along (or not) Fox and Warner Bros. are in reaching a resolution to this, the greatest American crisis since Jack Bauer’s last bad day on 24. We’ll keep you posted.

(Head over to Comic Book Movie if you want to sign a petition and/or join Wyatt Burlap’s fight against Fox!)

Source: Comic Book Movie

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  1. Everything is about money for FOX…Is there anybody with any integrity in Hollywood? And why would Rorschasch let fear and common sense stop him from making a dent in the FOX conglomerate earnings…I think I may have answered my own integrity question… Cheers to you Rorschasch!!!

  2. Yeah its all about money and control with all the studios Greenknight333,,,
    The Predator has more integrity.
    ^
    Well, Kofi,,, this explains why the Batman series never came out on dvd… (Not that I would buy it),,, I’m in dvd rehab…
    Its going ok, but there’s this sick bastard nurse that comes in every tuesday with the new releases,,,
    Next weeks gonna be a b****… 8-(

  3. “I know that, somehow, Adam West is at the center of all this!”

    Best line in a Screenrant post ever, IMHO.

  4. Wow,that is funny. Luckily for me I have no interest in watching The Watchmen, but that is pretty low. But like ALL of the studios, Fox is interested in the bottom line.

  5. lol he actually looks pretty dumb to me.

  6. We’ll see how funny it is when Rorschach gets into the board room and breaks all the execx pinky fingers……actually that would be pretty funny.

  7. This is just too much.. now we’ll never hear the end of West’s comments about this on “Family Guy”..

  8. Hey The Old Man is back,,, missed ya there bro!

  9. Sorry just been.. you know “taking care of business.” 8)

  10. Damn, I was very intrested in seeing this movie.
    But I don’t see the problem. Just give Fox the rights to that 1960 series, witch they created in the first place. It’s not like they gonna earn more money from that than WB is gonna earn from the Watchmen movie. Everybody happy, no effort lost.

  11. Hey! why was my comment deleted?

  12. @Oscar

    Hey bro, I checked the spam folder for your comment but I didn’t see it there – and I certainly didn’t delete it.

    Vic

  13. oh thats wierd, it just showed up lol i made fun of this guy so maybe god is punishing me, i guess he wants to watch this movie badly too lol. Thanks Vic!!!

  14. I still think people are protesting against the wrong company

  15. Just as users stumble over all kinds of rights issues (online viewing, sharing content, mashing, etc.) so do the studios…

  16. I hope people do boycott FOX, but mainly as their movies are dire.

    Seen some clips for Watchmen and my interest is even more piqued. Can’t wait, although I clearly have to. :(

  17. I think marvel and dc should stop givving their movies to big corporate money hordes and start giving them to the companies who still make movies for the art, not the movies(lionsgate,focus,…etc)

  18. not the money i mean

  19. well Michael….those small companies don’t have the widespread distribution that the big studios have….Marvel makes their own movies but has distribution deals with Sony and Paramount…WB owns DC Comics, so DC is kind of stuck with them…I’m not a fan of Watchmen being adapted period…so I could really care less what happens

  20. Rules : No profanity or personal attacks.

    Guess that rules out my thoughts on FOX…and most of the major studios for that matter…awwwwwwww, what the heck…
    #%^!*^@)(*@%^#& EM!!! lolol

  21. Isn’t Watchmen published by DC? Is there a reason why this apparently doesn’t matter, then?