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.
If you've been hearing the rumors about including Robin in the next Batman sequel, it might put your mind at ease to know that Christian Bale has come out against the idea. Firmly against. Starpulse quotes him as saying he'd be chaining himself up and "refusing to go to work" if Dick Grayson bounded his way into the script.
It's hard to blame the guy for feeling that way; thus far, Robin's live-action incarnations have taken up residence at the camp end of the spectrum, while Christopher Nolan's vision in the new films is situated more at the realistic end. It's hard to imagine a situation where Robin wouldn't be a disastrous addition to the movie franchise. Comic book legend and Boy Wonder advocate Jeph Loeb is more optimistic. He told MTV News that it could work if they were to "[t]ake the time to tell the story properly."