When it was revealed that Fox were taking legal action against Warner Bros over Zack Snyder’s Watchmen I was pretty annoyed, and I haven’t even read the graphic novel. So I can only image how pi**ed of the hardcore Watchmen fans were. Well now I don’t have to imagine, because one particular fan is taking action:
A 20-year-old orange county man, Wyatt Barlup, wants to mobilize California locals to help him picket at FOX headquarters. He’s putting out a call to war and wants to lead an army of enraged comics fans to get FOX off Warner Bros. back. Interested protestors can contact Wyatt at: firstname.lastname@example.org and join his campaign.
ComicBookMovie got the chance to interview him, and if I were Fox I would be shaking in my boots!
CBM: What exactly are you planning on doing?
Wyatt: If I get enough support, I would like to go picket Fox Studios and even perhaps the local Wolverine opening night. Aside form that I want to cover up all Fox movie posters with signs that read: Who Watches the Watchmen?
CBM: What would you tell the Fox execs if you could get a meeting with them?
Wyatt: They have no idea who they a f**king with. Watchmen fans are not regular comic fans. We’re f**king crazy. There will be retaliations if they keep this nonsense up. Also I would say that they had there chance and blew it. Stop being assholes and give the people what the want. They have a chance to look like the good guys if they just pull out now and say sorry.
The only problem with planning to protest at the opening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine is that it comes out three months after Watchmen. By that time fans such as Wyatt Barlup will have probably seen the film and will have hopefully got over it. Maybe they could protest Fox’s Babylon A.D this weekend or The Day the Earth Stood Still in December. It will have more of an impact.