Call it "How the Grinch Stole Watchmen." After initially deciding that it would be impossible for him to make a ruling, Judge Gary Allen Feess (not a typo) has changed his mind and decided -- on Christmas Eve -- that Fox does have the right to distribute Warner Bros'. Watchmen movie. What the...? I'm willing to bet someone on the Warner Bros. legal team made fun of his name. Well, now Warner Bros. is going to have to pay out the nose to get it released, or actually give Fox the distribution rights, assuming Fox even wants either of those things.
While Fox would probably likes to remind you that it has legal rights that should not be ignored, it's really hard for a fanboy like myself to feel anything but loathing for anyone who delays this highly anticipated movie any longer than it already has been. (Yeah, yeah, Fox had the rights in the 1980s, but they managed to get squat accomplished. Of course, we should probably be glad of that fact, but that's beside the point.) However, as much as I'd like to, I don't think I can boycott Fox's next superhero flick, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as some have suggested. I'm just too excited too see Wolverine fight the Blob.
So I thought, instead, why not just boycott the new Judge Dredd movie? An administrator over at the official 2000 A.D. magazine message boards (2000 A.D. owns and publishes Judge Dredd comics) dropped the bomb that DNA Films (Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later) will begin production on the film next year. You may say that it can't be any worse than the overblown Hollywood version, starring Sylvester Stallone, but I say it totally can, and for that reason alone, we must do everything we can to make sure it doesn't get made, and if it does, that nobody watches it.
If anyone is interested, I'll also be boycotting the new Phantom film, the new Crow movie and Frank Miller's Buck Rogers. If that doesn't scare anybody, I would like to hereby take credit for the nationwide boycott of The Spirit that occurred this past weekend. Do you really want that to happen to your movie?