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Holy Unexpected Watchmen Developments, Batman!

We here at the Moviefile been following the Fox vs. Warner Bros. Watchmen legal drama for the last few weeks, holding our collective breath and hoping the March 2009 release date doesn't get pushed back. Or wiped off the calendar completely. Zach was waiting for a "massive, shocking resolution to this conflict" -- I don't know how much of a resolution this is yet, and I don't know if it's massive or shocking, but Comic Book Resources has reported on a pretty surprising development. According to the exclusive, Fox doesn't want to scuttle the project, or make its own Watchmen movie, or even to "[hold] up a rival". As it turns out, what Fox reportedly wants is... the 1960s Batman TV series. See, I told you it was surprising.

What does a campy Batman TV series have to do with whether or not Watchmen gets its day on the silver screen? Well, it's sort of like a superhero hostage swap. Fox has been wanting to release the old Batman series on DVD but the rights are in a legal limbo, because although Fox owns the TV footage, Warner Bros. owns the characters and just about everything else. So Warner Bros. will get their Ozymandias, the Comedian, Silk Spectre and so on, and Fox will get Adam West dancing the Batusi. Sounds... fair.

Of course, Fox is also in line for "many millions of dollars" from the movie, so it probably does even out. Let's just say justice has been served and start counting down the days till March 6, shall we?

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