Excuse me if I digress for a moment, but now it looks like DC is pretty much making it a point to thumb their noses (or use whatever fingers they choose) at Alan Moore. I try to stay out of the discussions about Marvel and DC as much as possible. There are other sites which do it much better than I, and frankly could get an actual response from the publisher. But this time I am breaking my rules and looking directly at something being produced by the Big Two. This:
A Watchmen Toaster.
It wasn’t bad enough that DC decided to milk the Watchmen cash cow by creating Before Watchmen? But now they have to create kitsch products to sell along with it???
Yes, DC is entirely within their rights to do this. There is nothing legally against what they are doing. They are also legally within their rights to offer the heirs of Siegel and Schuster a paltry sum for creating the most iconic hero of all time. but just because you can do something does not mean you should do it.
In the end, this is exhibit 972 in the ongoing case of why creators should retain control of their creations. If not, you are going to get burned.