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Heroes Sued!

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Ugh! And here we were thinking that we would never have to think of that shiteous show again now that it's been officially cancelled!

Comic book artist Jason Barnes has filed a $60 million lawsuit against NBC because he claims that a storyline on Heroes was a direct rip off of one of his works!

Barnes alleges that the show's story involving a travelling carnival in the last season is identical to his comic Jazan Wild's Carnival Of Souls!

The lawsuit states:

"The settings and the storylines are virtually the same. The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts. This dark character seeks to make his carnival more powerful by recruiting new members with special abilities. The appearance of some of the characters is also virtually identical to those in the plaintiff's books… Even the dialogue is similar. Indeed, some of the scenes in Heroes appear as if the plaintiff's books were used as storyboards by the defendants."

Wow! Seeing as we - and everyone else, for that matter - did not watch the show after the first season, we have no idea whether or not this has any validity or not!

We wouldn't be surprised if producers stole it, though! They probably did just to see if anyone would watch the crapfest long enough to pick up that it wasn't an original idea!

What do U think?? Does Barnes have a legit case on his hands??

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31 comments to “Heroes Sued!”

  1. 1

    I watched this past season (SHITTY) and if this is accurate he most DEFINITELY has a case. What the lawsuit states is dead on with what went on this season. They might be in legit trouble.

  2. 2

    I'd love to know why people wait YEARS to file claims like this?

  3. 3

    This idea is far from original, it's been around forever.

  4. 4

    Wow this is ridiculous, why would they do something like this? Poor Jason, hope he kicks their asses for that..and to think I actually defended this show when people bashed it for its horrible writting and plots. Guess the people that bashed the last season were bashing Jason's work :O

  5. 5

    The show was pretty decent the first few seasons, but this past season was a waste of time….and someone else's material.

  6. 6

    Sherry, it was just this past season they are talking about. So weeks is more accurate.

  7. 7

    What is Perez talking about?
    Heroes was a television phenomenon. Noone watched after the first season? On what planet does Perez live on?
    Oh wait… I remember, he hates women and Hayden Pannetière is on the show, is more famous than he is… So now the show is a crapfest.

  8. 8

    They'll never prevail. I'm sure NBC has a team of attorneys that could tear him a new asshole.

  9. 9

    It makes sense, the Carnival was the only storyline worth watching because in every other story they just kept rerunning the same boring Clair and the Petrelli's storylines.

  10. 10

    Re: curiousred – Said..

    "What is Perez talking about?
    Heroes was a television phenomenon. Noone watched after the first season? On what planet does Perez live on?"

    Yeah…it was so popular that this "Phenomenon" got cancelled after the 3rd season. It's ratings were in the toilet.

  11. 11

    It was an interesting storyline that had little or nothing to do with the previous seasons. The likelihood that it was ripped off is thus high.

    Honestly, rather than ripping off a storyline, they should have come to me for ideas.

  12. 12

    curiousred: it got cancelled after 4 seasons….not too shabby. it's overseas ratings were extremely high.

    And I'm not sure this guy has a case, considering I've actually read this comic and seen the motion footage (check youtube). The storyline is nothing like the one in heroes, other than it involves a carnival right at the beginning and at the end. The rest is about a guy who has been raised by and become wild like a tiger! I don't recall that ever being a part of Heroes! This guy doesn't own the franchise on carnivals! And the imagery is NOTHING alike!

  13. 13

    Sorry, I meant Spindoc, not curiousred!

  14. 14

    wow perfect timing!!

  15. 15

    There was an episode where Hayden's cheerleader character goes to work in a comic book store, that whole episode was a ripoff of the movie Astropia!

  16. 16

    The whole carnival story sounds a bit like "Something Wicked This Way Comes". I've never seen the show or read the comic so I'm just basing this off the description above.

  17. 17

    I have read the Jazan series on the iPhone. When the Heroes show was running I thought it was like the Jazan story. I loved Heroes in the first season and just hung around til the end. What really made me take notice the two were alike, was a scene where Sylar was running through the woods and a deserted carnival appears. I remembered reading that same thing in Jazan. Also a house of mirrors scene with Sylar that seemed very similar. They both saw their moms, in the mirrors.

  18. 18

    Noone watched the show? what, where, on mars?? Heroes was after all the most illegally downloaded show on the internet, so people DID watch it just not on TV….
    and for the plot stealing part… yeah probably he's right but what in Hollywood is NOT a rip off? It's like whatever is on TV or in theatres has been there in some other way before, that's just showbiz.
    or how did that Idol singer say it? "Wash, rinse and repeat"

  19. 19

    What's wrong with Hayden in this pic??

  20. 20

    Considering that since Season 3 it's been ripping off the now cancelled (and much better) The 4400, this is not surprising.

  21. 21

    Re: MichelleInWonderland – Everything. Everything is wrong with Hayden in that pic and in life.

  22. 22

    Not an original idea at all. Even part of the title "Carnival of Souls" has been around forever- maybe they should sue him. I get tired of these no-talent writers who think everyone is ripping them off when none of their ideas are original in the first place.

  23. 23

    Perez, you are such an uninformed asshat. Such a hack!

  24. 24

    "thinking that we would never have to think"
    "whether or not this has any validity or not!"

    terrible writing; it makes me sick

  25. 25

    "thinking that we would never have to think"
    "whether or not this has any validity or not!"

    your writing wins P

  26. 26

    I have never seen this comic so I couldn't say weather it is justifiable. But the story line in general is a little over played. Seriously when you think of carnivals and the type of performer, it was a obvious fit to the HEROES storyline. The story line of individuals who are different and band together for whatever reason has been done for centuries. I do find it to be a little off that this comic writer waited this long to bring it up. The story line has been over for a few months now. How about this….Should have thought about it when it was happening, when people are watching (however few) not in the weeks following a cancelation notice.

  27. 27

    I had the misfortune of watching the last season of Heroes and also the deep misfortune of reading this graphic novel to see if there was any justification in the guys claims. Unless Heroes had a boy that turned in to a psycho tiger or a killer clown in the last season (they didnt) then NBC have nothing to worry about.

  28. 28

    Considering how long the guy waited to bring this legal action, I would say that he MIGHT have a case, but that he probably has about as much credibility as Kobe Bryant's accuser, which is to say NONE WHATSOEVER.

  29. 29

    Re: fzzzbucks

    If you read the entire three issue series, or the 12 part digital comics on the iPhone, you would have seen the storyline had little to do with tigers. And everything to do with a carnival recruiting characters. But being you probably work for NBC, and are just trying to smear this guys name and turn favor toward the NBC Monster that treated Conan so well, you probably already know that.

  30. 30

    Re-Monkeygirl2000. I live in the UK, I most definately do not work for NBC or in broadcasting of any kind. Thanks for the blinded assumption tho.

    I have read Jazan's comics online. There is a very, very slight connection in that they both have carnivals with a leader that tries to recruit other people to the carnival. The whole concept is hardly original.

    I suggest you google "Something Wicked This Way Comes" if you are trying to find a source for the Heroes storyline, it's much better written than the comic and also much more well known.

  31. 31

    Re: fzzzbucks

    Actually "Something wicked this way comes" is a great story. It has nothing to do with Jazan Wild or Heroes that I remember other than a carnival. I read the complaint and it never said he was trying to claim any carnival story but his own. Read the complaint online at several places. What I found funny is that you don't mention that the complaint speaks of a main character running away from a angry mob after being sought for murder. That character then has a ghosty carnival appear in the middle of the woods. Collects the character and than vanishes. After being collected by the carnival the character goes into a house of mirrors and his ghosty mothers calls his name and she calls his. She appears in every mirror. Wow, I don't remember that in "Something wicked this way comes." I do remember that in Heroes. But like you said it's just about tigers.