The seemingly unending string of weird issues between DC Comics and Watchmen creator Alan Moore got slightly weirder this week, as Moore revealed that DC recently offered to give him back the rights to the famous comic book series. But that isn't the weird part.
Moore, who opposed a big-screen adaptation of Watchmen, believing it was unfilmable (some would say he was right), has sworn off movie adaptations of his work, refused screen credit when studios went ahead and made them anyway, and was so upset by his alleged mistreatment by DC Comics that he stated he intended to give his share of any royalties from the project to artist Dave Gibbons.
So you'd think that DC Comics returning the rights to Moore's best-selling graphic novel would be a GOOD thing. What could possibly be wrong with that?
According to Moore ... lots.
"They offered me the rights to Watchmen back, if I would agree to some dopey prequels and sequels," Moore told Wired. "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."
In response to this, DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee said, "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 don't expect to see any Watchmen spin-offs for a long time. If ever.
And you know what else you shouldn't expect to see? A copy of Watchmen in Moore's house.
"I don't even have a copy of Watchmen in the house anymore," he said. "The comics world has lots of unpleasant connections, when I think back over it, many of them to do with Watchmen."