Every Saturday we have some of our favorite writers from around the web fill in for us. Today, we have one-time Cracked writer G. Xavier Robillard, whose first novel Captain Freedom - A Superhero's Quest for Truth, Justice and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves" (Harper Collins), comes out next week.
Today he takes you through a few years in the life of a fanboy ...
A friend forwards an email from a temp in the legal department of DC Comics: "They're making a movie of Watchmen. Nothing confirmed." He pulled it off one of those fanfic forums with animated GIFs of flaming swords in the header, a site that boasts of the Web's largest collection of scanned renderings of Wonder Woman naked.
Your heart flutters but you can't believe the rumor. No way that's happening. The narrative structure's too complicated for a two hour movie. It covers a 40 year time span. How would they include the story of the Black Frigate, the comic book within the comic book? Still, you're curious.
It was like that rumor that Betsy Anderson, the prettiest girl in high school, was going to ask you to the senior prom. You were in 10th grade, and she wasn't asking to repay you for helping her rewire her circuit board in shop or because she needed a college letter of recommendation from your father, who taught her AP chem class. She asked you because she was prone to experimentation, which she would later express by dating women, eating LSD and dabbling in Buddhism while at Oberlin. But in high school the wild streak was limited to dating younger men in the chess club.
These rumors crop up all the time. But Betsy did ask you to the prom.
2Gut Check with Friends
You can't believe the rumor might be true but it continues to grow every day. A bike messenger claims to have seen a script. You need to check in with your peeps, so you post a message on your favorite #IRC channel.
"You hear they're making a Watchmen movie?"
Positive responses trickle in. Maybe this is a good thing.