Turns out that’s not so true. Check out this list Cinema Blend compiled of elements that go beyond mere visual reference to outright lifting of ideas, concepts, and dialogue.
Yes, dialogue! When Bruce Wayne tells Alfred early in the movie, “We’ve always been criminals,” that’s a line in The Dark Knight Returns, which Superman attributes to Batman from a meeting years ago, which Superman is recalling as part of that story. And there are other ones, too.
Contrast that to The Force Awakens, which, despite all the protesting about how much it was similar to the original Star Wars in plot points, director J.J. Abrams got on the stump and said that it was intentionally done that way, to evoke the original galaxy far, far away in the best and most idealized and idealistic and accessible way possible (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea.)
So why is it okay for The Force Awakens to lift from other sources, but not Batman v Superman? I think the idea has to do with the characters. At least TFA gave us new characters with new motivations and skills. We didn’t get any new characters with Batman v Superman, really. And the characters in TFA are fully realized human beings and sentient lifeforms, too, not just cardboard caricatures of background actors.
What do YOU think? Do you think Lucasfilm is right in this situation of “borrowing” from other source material, or do you think Warner Brothers’s take is the acceptable one.
Trivia Time!Test your knowledge of the Star Wars universe!
Yesterday’s answer: “May the Force be with you.”
Today’s question: What are Rey’s last words in The Force Awakens?