DC Comics have announced they are filing a lawsuit against both Sony and James Gunn for damages to the image of one of their most famous characters, Superman.
The popular comic books publisher is citing evidence of such defamation with Sony’s new horror film, Brightburn. The movie is based on the concept of an evil child superman-like character, who instead of saving people decides to start violently killing them in bloody ways.
Producer James Gunn has defended the films choice to envisage Superman in such a way. “Everyone knows Superman is f**king batshit boring. He basically has no weaknesses. That’s why most people love Batman instead.” says Gunn to the media. “So, we thought, how do we make someone who’s too perfect interesting? Turn him into a f**king kid psycho killer who mutilates people that’s how!”
It seems that the plan has worked with Brightburn breaking records with sold out pre-orders.
However, DC Comics have been less than impressed at the film’s depiction of its beloved character.
“Ever since he joined the Marvel team, we’ve always known James Gunn has been against DC Comics. It’s absolutely disgusting what they’ve done to the wonderful work of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shushter,” says DC Comics spokesperson Bruce Wayne. “Superman has always been a friend and beacon of hope to the people of Earth. Not a psychopathic alien child who brutally murders people. It’s abhorrent, disrespectful and completely defames the image of a character DC Comics is very proud of”.
Sony is yet to release a public statement to the lawsuit which is estimated to seek $237 million in damages. Sources closest to the company suggest they are still processing the millions of complaints with their involvement in Sonic The Hedgehog.