As Sarah previously reported, there are some problems with the Watchmen movie. Fox apparently owns a chunk of the rights to make such a movie, and Warner Brothers didn’t clear that up, so a judge has clamped down on WB’s ability to distribute until the rights are cleared up and fair amounts of money exchanged.
Righty-o. I read this and shrugged, until I saw the virtiol expressed in the thread. Should we boycott Wolverine, Fox’s next big comic book movie (I hadn’t even been aware that there is a trailer, which I still haven’t seen, out until I saw Sarah’s thread)? Should we write letters of protest to Fox execs? Should we thank Alan Moore’s sock-puppet that the non-squid ending has been delayed from reaching theatres?
People are incensed, which got me to wondering … why are comic book movies so important?
No, really, why?
I enjoy a good comic book movie. I’ve hated a few. I’ve completely ignored many of them too. But why do comic readers get so worked up over seeing their favorite characters or stories on the screen?
When (yes, when) Watchmen comes out, depending on reviews, word of mouth and my personal impressions of the advance footage, I’ll decide if I want to see it. But being Watchmen doesn’t, to me, give this movie any more credibility or make it more a must-see. Isn’t it enough for Watchmen to be a successful book? Why does it matter if it gets made into a movie?
Sure, I guess the movie sold an extra million or so copies of this book for DC, but by and large, how many comic book movies have actually done anything to increase comic book sales?
I’m cool with the movie being made, and will likely see it based on the footage I’ve seen so far. But if it doesn’t happen, really, so what?