If you’re concerned that DC’s plans for Watchmen 2 sound a little like a bad idea, maybe you want to take a look at this online petition to stop the project:
We, the undersigned recognize the rights of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons as co-creators of Watchmen, and we strongly object to DC’s continued marketing of this property against the intent of the original contract and the wishes of one of its creators. Further, we abhor DC’s frequent attempts to knowingly act in opposition to Moore’s wishes, and their attempts to profit off of Watchmen merchandise without paying royalties to the work’s creators.
Until such a time as DC Comics can make things right with Moore and reach an accord in which he approves of and endorses further Watchmen sequels, we ask DC to act ethically and in the spirit and intent of the original contract and cease any plans to create derivative works without the permission and approval of the creators, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We further ask that all writers and artists refuse to work on any derivative works related to Watchmen until DC, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons are all in agreement on the creation of new Watchmen properties.
The petition is up at Change.org, a great site that usually uses its powers for important social issues (Forcing Bank of America to drop its proposed debit card fee, asking JC Penney to improve fire safety regulations in foreign locations, preventing corporations from buying state parkland they’ve contaminated, and so on), and was created by noted comics commentator and curmudgeon Alan David Doane, who announced the petition in traditionally subtle manner on his Trouble With Comics blog. To date, 31 people have signed the petition since it was launched yesterday; I look forward to seeing how many more will sign in the next few days, and what effect (if any) they’ll expect it to have on DC. For that matter, I wonder how long it’ll be before we see similar petitions protesting both DC’s use of Superman and Marvel’s use of all of the Jack Kirby creations, considering both estates are claiming at least co-ownership of those characters, something that seems at least as “ethically dubious” as Watchmen 2.