DC and Warner Bros. Animation have reportedly come under scanner after a You Tuber slapped plagiarism charges on the studio for copying a fight sequence involving Batman in a DC animated movie.
YouTube user Micah Brock aka KwonKicker, who is known for making martial arts-centric fighting series, compiled a video with a side-by-side comparison of a fight sequence from his 2012 released web series Slog Street Scrappers and Batman vs. Robin from 2015. The video shows almost similar fight sequences, edits, and camera changes.
“It looks like an action sequence may have been lifted from my web series “Slug Street Scrappers,” and then inserted into the Warner Bros/DC animated film, “Batman vs Robin,” KwonKicker noted in the video description. You can check out the video clip below.
The YouTuber uploaded the video on the video sharing platform on December 7, 2018. But he didn’t receive any response from Warner Bros. and DC yet as of December 23, 2018. He took to the video’s comment section calling out the studio’s representatives to contact him. He even asked interested attorney or litigators who want to help him in the case to contact him.
“Still waiting for WB & DC to return my emails. I’ve tried contacting them in a friendly manner, but I’ve received no response yet. If you’re a WB/DC rep, contact me via the info in my channel’s about section. If you are an attorney or litigator interested in working with me on contingency, please do the same,” KwonKicker wrote.
He reiterated that the whole issue is not about using the same sequence of fight moves, but, about copying the sequence frame-by-frame by using a combination of the same tempo, same moves, same camera angles, same edits, and the body outlines of the characters.
“To reiterate… I would not care if all they did was to use the same sequence of fight moves. The fight choreography by itself isn’t the actual issue, as similar choreography is bound to happen from time to time in action films. My primary issue is that it looks as if they straight up TRACED OVER the sequence from my film frame-by-frame, using a combination of the same tempo, same moves, same camera angles, same edits, and the body outlines of my characters. In other words, my issue is that it appears as if they rotoscoped the sequence without asking permission. Also, the characters in this series are entirely original creations. They are NOT characters from video games,” the YouTuber noted.
It remains to be seen if the studio takes note of the issue and replies back to KwonKicker or if he takes the legal way to get due credit for his work.
Do check with Pursue News for more updates on the issue.
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