Back in the ‘80s, DC tried to promote the Watchmen graphic novel by selling a bunch of smiley face buttons.
That is, until Alan Moore stepped in and forced them to tear them from the shelves.
We can only hope and pray he doesn’t do a signing in a comic-book store that sells merchandise any time soon, or we’re pretty sure he’ll either explode with anger, or collapse in the corner into a curled weeping ball of hair.
That’s because Warners have gone absolutely mental with the promotion of this flick. Seriously, good taste and sense have gone totally out of the window.
However, if you’re the sort of person who wants to send your kids off to school with a lunchbox featuring a blue man murdering people in Vietnam on the front, or if you want to hang a banner of a rapist ‘wanting you’ on the wall, you’re in the right place.
You can see 14 terrible merchandise decisions by heading for the gallery to your right or clicking through our feature. Collect ‘em all!
1. Rorschach Messenger Bag
2. Dr Manhattan Baseball Cap
3. Dr Manhattan Lunchboxes
4. Rorschach Beanie
5. Rorschach Ink Blotter
6. Pop Art Drinks Coasters
7. Rorschach Banner
8. Wall Clock
9. Group Shot Lunchboxes
10. Fridge Magnets
11. Dr Manhattan Messenger Bag
12. The Comedian Banner
13. The End Is Nigh Beanie
14. Rorschach Lunchbox
If you're angry about the commercialisation of Watchmen, maybe you should read about Why Alan Moore Hates Comic-Book Movies. If you like movie merchandise, you should have a look at 28 Incredible New Transformers Toys.