Warner Bros. Gets Flak For Possibly Plagiarizing YouTube Video In ‘Batman’ Scene2 min read


Video screenshot via kwonkicker

Action scenes are perhaps the secret sauce to what makes superhero shows so enticing, which is why entertainment behemoth Warner Bros. is so intent on perfecting these segments. In fact, it’s so concerned about what viewers might think of its fight scenes that it could have, on one occasion, drawn its muse from elsewhere… wholesale.

A YouTuber claims that Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment have “lifted” the action sequence from one of his previous projects, and then recreated it for the 2015 animated film, Batman vs. Robin.

Micah Brock, known as ‘kwonkicker’ on YouTube, has posted a video showing a shot-by-shot justification of DC’s supposed plagiarism of his 2012 web series, Slug Street Scrappers.

True enough, Warner Bros. Animation’s rendition is impeccably alike the martial arts sequence in Brock’s video—with the exception of the fighters being swapped out for ‘Batman’ and the ‘Joker’.

“So basically, you taught ‘Batman’ how to fight? Cool,” teased YouTube user Sol Solomon.

Another commenter, Dom PacMan, branded the move a “double-edged sword,” in that while DC could have ripped off his choreography or intellectual property, “they believed your fighting choreography was so good, that ‘Batman’ would use it.”

“They stole from you, but think you’re as good of a fighter as the mf-ing ‘Batman’. Quite the conundrum.”

Brock notes in his video that martial arts moves “can’t really” be copyrighted, but the similarities between the scene in Batman vs. Robin and that of Slug Street Scrappers are “more than just coincidence… not just for the art but also the camera angles, the tempo, even the sound overlays, which is pretty crazy.”

He stresses that he’s most concerned about DC’s footage looking “straight-up TRACED OVER… frame-by-frame.”

“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.”

In a follow-up comment, the YouTuber says that he is awaiting both Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to respond to his emails. “I’ve tried contacting them in a friendly manner, but I’ve received no response yet.”

He is also seeking an attorney or litigator to assist him with this matter.

[via Comicbook, video and cover image via kwonkicker]