Why the DOJ is investigating DC Comics over ‘Justice League’ cover
Posted On July 12, 2021
On the heels of the Justice League film’s box office success, the Department of Justice announced Thursday that it is investigating “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” for potential copyright infringement.
The agency’s complaint, filed in federal court in Virginia, cites the film’s use of the Superman symbol, its depiction of Superman in a military uniform and its depiction that the Justice Department “must protect the public” from “any threats to national security.”
The Justice Department says in the complaint that the film “represents a danger to the national security of the United States and poses a substantial risk to the safety of the public.”
It also says that the movie “depicts Superman as an aggressive and violent man.”
Justice Department spokeswoman Lauren Frangos told BuzzFeed News that the Department “has not yet received any information to support” the claim.
“We are reviewing the complaint, and are assessing the allegations as they are presented in the filing,” she said.
The Justice League, which stars Gal Gadot as Lois Lane, follows the events of the DC Comics movie “Batman V Superman: Man of Steel,” which took in $631.8 million domestically and $1.7 billion worldwide.
In a statement on Thursday, Warner Bros. said that the company “strongly disagrees with the government’s claim that the Superman character in the film is ‘an aggressive and dangerous man’ and that he ‘threatens to kill’ the government.”
The statement added that the studio is “confident” that Warner Bros’ films will not contain material that “encourages or glorifies violent behavior, including cyber-bullying and terrorism.”
Justice League director Zack Snyder, whose Superman film opened to $1 billion worldwide, said on Twitter that Warner Brothers “has never done anything like this.”
“I know that Warner is a very talented team of people, and that Zack is very committed to bringing justice to all who have been hurt by violence, but we can never stand by and watch a studio’s work come to light, especially when it involves a hero like Superman,” Snyder wrote.
“It is time for us to stand up and do something about it.”