JUSTICE LEAGUE Unofficial Motion Comic Adapting Sequel Storyboards CANCELED After Plagiarism Claims
We told you earlier that "The Dreamscapes of Justice League: A Motion Comic" had come under fire for tracing DC Comics artwork, but the entire project has now been scrapped due to that and other reasons.
Earlier today, we learned that "The Dreamscapes of Justice League: A Motion Comic" fan project had been hit by accusations of tracing DC Comics artwork for the movie. Meant to adapt Zack Snyder and Jim Lee's storyboard for the filmmaker's two Justice League sequels, there was some excitement among #RestoreTheSnyderVerse fans, but the whole thing has now been scrapped.
In a lengthy statement, the team working on the project cited "general uneasiness about the project from general public, some rare targeted harassment towards members of the team, the countless legalities we've dealt with & ultimately our own mistakes on certain parts of the project."
Here's the full explanation:
These, meanwhile, are some examples of what caused the backlash on social media over the weekend:
And it keeps on going pic.twitter.com/LQFAdnZIaV— leslie 王女 ❓0❓❓ (@lesbobomb) July 18, 2021
Well would you look at that pic.twitter.com/6XI4AEh00m— leslie 王女 ❓0❓❓ (@lesbobomb) July 19, 2021
Needless to say, there's inspiration and then there's blatant plagiarism. While the team working on the project would later share some of their original artwork, that was - with the greatest respect to those responsible - pretty abysmal, so it's no wonder that tracing was used to such a large degree.
It's worth remembering that this fan project was meant to raise awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, but while the intentions were good, the execution was not. Actors like Harry Lennix and Ray Porter, who were set to reprise their Justice League roles, have yet to comment, but it's clear now that these sequels are going to remain on those whiteboards for the time being.
Here's hoping DC Comics give Snyder an official shot at adapting them at some point, eh?