Here’s the thing about this story: I didn’t really want to write about it, because frankly, I don’t want to give weight to anything that hasn’t been proven yet. I know, I know, kind of a weird thing to say when I run a spoiler site that posts speculations by the dozens a day. But this isn’t a TV show, this is real life, and in real life, Tim Kring, NBC, and probably everyone associated with “Heroes” is being sued by a pair of artists who claims their ideas. In particular, much of the lawsuit is centered on the Isaac Mendez character. Read on…
This is from E! News:
A husband-and-wife team of artists have sued NBC Universal and the creators of Heroes for allegedly pilfering the artist-who-paints-the-future plotline from a short story they wrote several years ago, an idea they also exhibited in a painting series and in a short film.
In their lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court, New Yorkers Clifton Mallery and spouse Amnau Karam Eele have accused two people who identified themselves as writers from the NBC procedural Crossing Jordan of taking copies of the couple’s work from a 2005 exhibition at NYC’s Hunter College.
On Heroes, recovering heroin addict Isaac Mendez (Santiago Cabrera) has discovered that he has the ability to slip into a trance and paint scenes from events that haven’t happened yet�a shadowy menace stalking the cheerleader, two lovers sharing a kiss, a nuclear bomb/superhuman-who-can’t-control-his-radiation obliterating Manhattan, etc.
According to Mallery and Karam Eele, Isaac on NBC’s hit drama is “strikingly similar” to the character they created in their story and artwork�an artist who paints the future, including the destruction of two prominent New York buildings.
You can read more about the case here.
So what do you think? Do the artists have a point?
My opinion is that, if you tried to sue everyone who you think “stole” your idea for a superhero character, everyone who is writing comic books today would be sued, because frankly, there are no more original superhero characters, only variations of one. The Punisher, Batman, Superman, etc. They get dressed up in different tights, gets their named changed, and voila — you got yourself a new superhero character.
But that’s my 2 cents. What’s yours?