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Quote of the Day | ‘Dude, I didn’t even get a free ticket’

Birthright

“Dude, I didn’t even get a free ticket. Are you kidding me? It’s DC. Even Marvel invites me to the movies.”

Superman: Birthright writer Mark Waid, answering the question, “Did you get a ‘based on work by’ credit in [Man of Steel] due to Birthright?” In the conversation that follows, he adds, “They’re not legally obligated to. Why would they? When they did before, that was Paul. Paul’s gone,” with “Paul” being Paul Levitz, former President and Publisher at DC Comics. Update: It’s worth noting here (as Waid points out in our comments section below) that Waid was asked the question and answered it directly, versus complaining about it. As he said in a follow-up tweet: “I’m not complaining about the situation. I could be mad about the policy change, but why? That won’t mend it.”

I didn’t stay for the credits after the movie ended when I saw it earlier this week, so I didn’t see who did and didn’t get credited. But it’s a shame that this policy changed when Levitz left, for many reasons. Blogger Andrew Wheeler makes a good argument for why crediting and compensating creators for their contributions makes good business sense: “I know the moral argument is pointless and the legal one is dead, but I feel there’s a clear financial argument. Incentivising the best writers to give good ideas to companies that trade entirely on ideas seems sane to me.”

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To give this a little more context, you might also add my other quote, “I’m not complaining about the situation. I could be mad about the policy change, but why? That won’t mend it.” It was a courtesy Paul extended that the Warner Bros. has no interest in continuing to extend, which is absolutely their right and privilege. The policy change is disappointing, but business is business. Please don’t make it sound as if I’m picking a fight, okay?

Glad you were able to get first comment in to clarify matters before my fellow fanboys had a chance to run with it

Like that will stop them. : )

Totally Trollin

June 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

InSuperman : InBirthright

Thanks Mark — that’s a good point. I’ve added that to the original article.

@Mark
“Business is business” my sweet Aunt Petunia! I don’t know what bozo they put in charge of that whole matter these days, but he or she would do well to look to Levitz’s example.

(On a minor note, thanks again for signing my copies of ’93 Metamorpho mini.)

It’s too bad that Waid isn’t getting any royalties, but from what I’ve been hearing about the movie’s story quality, maybe he wouldn’t want his name attached to it…

I wish that Warner Bros. wouldn’t screw up stuff like this. They have a wealth of great Superman stories that they could adapt directly from, but they always end up trying to make a character with a lot of heart and a lot of charm into something badass and sacrifice character for a plot with more explosions. Ah well.

Here’s another quote from Waid that holds just about as much meaning: ““Digital comics should be 99 cents. END OF STATEMENT.” – oh wait, Insufferable on Comixology is $1.99. You lose.

Having just seen the movie, I think it was based less on Birthright and more on Earth One. The overarching story was similar even if the players were different.

I prefer Byrne’s “Man of Steel” and Johns’ “Secret Origin” to Waid’s “Birthright”. “Birthright” wasted a lot of time.

As someone with a deep affection for the DC stable of characters, it is brutal watching how they deal with talent.

Mark Waid is a wonderful writer with a genuine affection for their properties. How his name wasn’t in the Top 5 people involved in the nu52 boggles my mind. He is a genuine Superman fan who can speak eloquently about the character and, yet, he has no official role this year. Amazing.

If it were just Waid, then you could chalk it up to a prickly creator or a bad relationship. That is not the case. DC management seems to have a gift for alienating an incredible array of talent. Their incredible IP deserve better stewards.

I really dislike the people in charge of DC Comics today.

I stayed til the end and didn’t see anyone credited with the story outside of Siegel and Shuster. Did I miss something?

“Dude, I didn’t even get a free ticket. Are you kidding me? It’s DC. Even Marvel invites me to the movies.”

What did he mean by this? Did he ask for one from the company and got rejected? Or was he just hurt that DC forgot to offer him one?

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