It’s still a couple of weeks until the release of Justice League: War, the next film in the DC Comics Animated Universe series of films. Until then, why not skip ahead and take a look at their very next film: an adaptation of Son of Batman, the 2006 story line that (re)introduced the world to Damian Wayne, the son of… well, you know. (more…)
(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)
Like most of his work, Grant Morrison’s lengthy run on Batman has its fair share of detractors. Some of it was just too radical for longtime fans of the Dark Knight, particularly when Morrison decided to place a gun in the Bat’s hands for the final act of Final Crisis (something I, as a Batfreak, still defend, but that’s another column). Even with his very first issues on the book, he was challenging us to accept new truths of the Bat-verse, by giving Batman a true son.
Over the holiday break the rumors of a possible prequel to The Watchmen flared up again. The ever reliable Bleeding Cool had posted some artwork from a project code named Panic Room. A Night Owl image by Joe Kubert and Andy Kubert, the Comedian by JG Jones and that Amanda Conner was working on Silk Spectre. Those pictures didn’t last long, DC had the rabid lawyers on the attack and Christmas was saved!
It has come to our attention that you have impermissibly and without authorization posted assets containing unpublished intellectual property owned by DC Entertainment. We do not need to belabor the unlawful nature of this action (which could not have taken place without the breach of a confidentiality obligation), and demand that those assets be immediately taken down and no further postings of this nature transpire. This demand is made without limitation of DC Entertainment’s rights or remedies, all of which are expressly reserved.
Now, it’s safe to say we are probably days away from the official announcement (personally I am surprised it hasn’t happened already.) A quick survey of the internet will show that vast majority of comic nerds are against this idea for various reasons, but how could this be stopped? Should it be stopped? Comic blogger Alan David Doane has an answer. Yes it must not happen, and that will be achieved by the ever effective online petition!
Writer Alan Moore co-created Watchmen and signed a contract with DC Comics that under normal industry practices of the time would have seen control of the work revert to Moore and artist Dave Gibbons after the work had gone out of print for a period of time, as was the case with every DC graphic novel created under a similar contract up until Watchmen. Because of the unprecedented quality and success of Watchmen, DC has never allowed the work to go out of print, and therefore has retained legal control of Watchmen for decades longer than anyone at the time could have imagined they would have. We recognize that DC has the legal right to act as they have, but believe that their ongoing stewardship of Watchmen has been ethically dubious at best, and morally reprehensible at worst.
The preamble continues on touting this as a fight for the rights of the creators, including artist Dave Gibbons. An interesting tactic to say the least. At the time of this writing, the list of signatures and just topped over 100, rather low numbers really if it is to get the attention of DC Comics and halt production on something that has probably been in motion for awhile and would also make them a lot of money. What do you think? Should the characters of The Watchmen never be revisited? Who should decided, the creator or the publisher? The reader maybe?
If you want to sign the petition, you can find it here, DC Comics: End plans for sequels to Watchmen.
If you have twitter, you might have noticed that Watchmen 2 was trending globally today. Yes, they are talking about it again. No matter how hard I wish they weren’t, they are. The ‘they’ here is Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool and the spark that started this blaze is his unconfirmed unofficial, unsubstantiated, and, unwanted information that Andy Kubert is drawing one of four Watchmen prequel miniseries. He calls his source reliable and to be honest when you read something on Bleeding Cool, it’s usually bang on. This adds to the list of other alleged people involved, including Darwyn Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski, John Higgins, JG Jones and yes, even Dave Gibbons.
Ok, get out the giant ass grain of salt for a second, since Johnston had reported Watchmen news before and as far as I can tell, he is still the only one with this inside line. DC has made no comments on this, and really, would you? The nerd rage this causes is mountainous and dangerous.
That being said, with DC’s reinventing itself and doing anything and everything to bring in new readers, I will not be surprised if they are planning this. Maybe it becoming a trending topic will force their hand on saying if there is any truth to this?
Oh, and about the twitter deal. Comic Alliance’s “totally true Watchmen 2 facts” is a great crash course some of the funnier ones (heh. Rorschach 2) and one chilling discovery. Rob Liefeld almost makes sense.
Before you run me out of town with pitchforks and torches, I still think a prequel/sequel to the Watchmen is a bad idea.
So, the rumors of a Watchmen prequel/sequel are back. It is officially the comic rumor equivalent of herpes.
Back in 2010 is when word of a possible expansion on the Watchmen story and that DC/Warner Bros. was salivating over the thought of squeezing some more cash out of what is often touted as the industries greatest work. Well, it wasn’t so much a rumor as a bitter truth, Alan Moore came out and said he had been approached, even offered the rights of his DC work back if he did it. He didn’t. Good crazy Englishman, good.