Date
22 August 2017
A poster for Captain China is circulating on social media showing the main character (inset, above)  superimposed on the original work (inset, below) of overseas artist Rado Javor. Photos: Bloomberg, Baidu
A poster for Captain China is circulating on social media showing the main character (inset, above) superimposed on the original work (inset, below) of overseas artist Rado Javor. Photos: Bloomberg, Baidu

Bad start for Captain China as copycat charges fly

China Duizhang (Captain China), an animated superhero movie, is set to premiere across the mainland in May next year in an apparent bid to cash in on the box-office appeal of Marvel Comics-inspired adventure films.

But while it’s still months away before moviegoers can get a glimpse of the action-scifi film, it is already making headlines after critics said a poster for the movie apparently plagiarized the work of overseas artist Rado Javor, news website hk01.com reports.

In the playbill, the silhouette of the movie’s main character appears to have been simply superimposed on Javor’s original work, netizens said.

According to gamersky.com, China Duizhang is an action film that is heavy on computer graphics.

It started shooting in May this year and is currently at the post-production stage.

The movie centers on Captain China, a homegrown superhero who defeats a host of Japanese comic characters, qq.com reported.

With such a plot, one wonders if Captain China aims to defeat his enemies through copyright infringement.

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