Alan Moore says no to Watchmen

After Watchmen made it big is 1986 DC ripped off Alan Moore on the royalties (or at least that’s the story). As long as DC continues to print Watchmen in any way they get to keep full rights, well nearly 25 years later and it’s still getting printed!

10 years ago Moore asked for the rights to the book and was told NO by DC. Well this last week DC have apparently turned to Moore and offered him the rights back in return for allowing them and helping them do some prequels and sequels to the story.

Moores had this to say:

“They offered me the rights to Watchmen back, if I would agree to some dopey prequels and sequels, So I just told them that if they said that 10 years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked, But these days I don’t want Watchmen back. Certainly, I don’t want it back under those kinds of terms.”

Moore also said he doesn’t even own a copy of watchmen and has no interest in doing any more work with those characters.

So DC still have the rights so i assume if they really wanted to they could do their sequel and prequels but they wouldn’t have the support/blessing of Moore, which could cause a lot of fan backlash against them!

DC’s Dan Didio made this comment:

Watchmen is the most celebrated graphic novel of all time. Rest assured, DC Comics would only revisit these iconic characters if the creative vision of any proposed new stories matched the quality set by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons nearly 25 years ago, and our first discussion on any of this would naturally be with the creators themselves.”

So i guess that’s the end of that!

Personally i think having anything else in the Watchmen universe would be a massive mistake unless it was written by Moore himself! i can’t think of another writer that would dare touch those characters for fear that they would mess it up or piss of the die hard fans!

GS Reporter: Matt

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2 comments

  1. geeksyndicate /

    Couldn’t agree me and in fact this was a great story, it stands as it is, it doesn’t need a prequel or sequel

  2. dwgrampus /

    something like Watchman is a complete story – you don’t need to know what happened before, or after. it just needs leaving the hell alone and let to stand on its own.

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