Judge’s Ruling Favors 20th Over Warner on ‘Watchmen’

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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10 Responses

  1. Tom Fitzpatrick says:

    Dammit!Now, I'm not gonna get to see the movie!Just for that, I'm gonna skip watching all Fox-related movies and tv for the next year!

  2. Tony Isabella says:

    It's petty of me. I realize this. But, every time DC or Time-Warner takes a hit like this, I smile.

    • Rick Taylor says:

      You think you're alone in that, Tony?How about them forgetting to register their new logo?*Tee-hee*

      • Tony Isabella says:

        That one had me laughing out loud.DC manages to screw up the big stuff and the small stuff. Since I'll be trying to get DC to cough up some money to me for the use – however minor – of Black Lightning in the latest edition of their encyclopedia – I checked out a copy of the book. Though the BL entry runs but two paragraphs, they managed to get one major fact wrong.And it's always a crap shoot as to whether or not DC will pay what they owe me. It took them over a year to pay me for last summer's Black Lightning action figure and, when they did pay me, I got three separate stories as to why the payment was so late. And, though I gave them every chance to show me the smallest amount of respect and let me know that another action figure (original costume) is coming soon – I already knew about it and had already seen production sketches – they couldn't even manage to do something so small that would have generated some good will from me. Geez!So, yeah, when DC has misfortunes, I'm happy.

        • Rick Taylor says:

          Tony,It seems to me that the 'life cycle' of a DC Direct anything is somewhere near ridiculous.The action figures have shown up remaindered in a Philly chain called Five Below.I'm sure it takes them forever to figure out the money.

        • mike weber says:

          Remember – Ace BOoks once sent Harlan Ellison royalty reports indicating that one half of a Ace Double that he had both halves of solde better than the other.

  3. Tom Fitzpatrick says:

    It wouldn't surprise me if Warner Bros. canned the movie rather than give Fox a dime, and Fox would most likely not deal with WB just so to cause them to lose face and money.The real victims is Zack Snyder, who may have done a decent job adapting the impossibly un-adaptable graphic novel.The logo thing was funny, tho'.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Oh no, exact opposite. Warner has too much to lose if they can't recoup a dime off the investment; the real question is if Fox will make it too expensive for them and make it impossible for it to ever earn out.

      • MARK WHEATLEY says:

        That would also be my reading of the situation, Glenn. Money can make for odd bed-fellows! And this really is all about the money. And that means Fox will push WB hard enough to hurt but not so hard that it won't happen. And they will both drag this out just long enough to get all the PR they can and work of the public appetite to see this movie.

  4. mike weber says:

    From IDB.com Warner Agrees To Let Judge Decide On Watchmen Release:"Rather than ask for a jury trial that would likely have postponed the release of Watchmen, Warner Bros. has agreed to let a federal judge who has shown the studio little sympathy decide whether 20th Century Fox could prevent it from distributing the movie on March 6 as scheduled."This could be bad…