Judge sets Watchmen trial date

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The struggle to get the massively hyped superhero flick Watchmen into theaters now officially has a court date: Jan. 6. The news comes just a few days after the The New York Times reported the lawsuit between 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. over the rights to distribute the already-in-the-can film might cause it to be delayed a year into 2010.

In case you've missed the ongoing saga, Fox filed a lawsuit in February asserting it owns the rights to the Watchmen franchise, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel. If Fox gets its way, the studio will place an injunction against Warner Bros. and effectively block the $100 million film from its March release. Hordes of Watchmen fans have waited for a big-screen adaptation ever since the graphic novel's debut in 1986, so a delay of any kind may very well cause a massive epidemic of fanboy heart failure across the nation.

Despite the studio politics, the Zack Snyder-directed film is still anchored to its March 6 release date (for now), depending on the outcome of the trial. Still don't get the hype surrounding Watchmen? Catch the strangely hypnotic trailer here.

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