To sum up: Fox won a lawsuit saying they should distribute the Watchmen movie. They got rights to the comic book in 1986. They sued this year after the movie was finished. They said a deal with a producer they made 12 years ago still stands.
That producer is also a slapass. Fox says they had other chunks of interest in the Watchmen property that he never bought out. And he didn't offer the movie to Fox to make. Which you can understand since they didn't make it for a decade when they had the rights.
Every major movie gets sued about something. The difference here is this one got a judgment before the movie came out. Lucky us!
Mega-corporate slap-assery. Even though the Warner movie people and DC Comics are owned by the same mega-conglomerate, one part of the company don't know nothin' about nothin' in any other part of the company.
Here are the latest stupid-ass developments in the stupid-ass Watchmen debacle, and what they mean to us, the only people who matter.
Warner says Watchmen is still coming out March 6. Yeah! You show 'em who's boss, movie people.
Fox responded by saying "Nyah."
"We are gratified by the recognition of our rights in the judge's order, which speaks for itself."
The judge will issue a "fuller ruling." This just means more legal mumbo-jumbo that is already summed up by Fox being awarded "distribution rights," which means they can put the movie out, and make money that way.
A money settlement will probably fix the whole mess. A Fox spokesman said they still want the movie release delayed, though. Rule number 1 in the pro-wrestling bad guy business is you never admit you might lose.