January 4, 2013
Second (and, let’s be honest, more importantly), if you own such a car shop, lawyers from Warner Bros. Entertainment are going to want to talk to you.
Warner Bros. owns DC Comics, which published Batman comic books, and claims that making replica Batmobiles violates the copyrights it owns on the Batmobile design.
Recently, however, Gotham Garage has asked for summary judgment, arguing that the Batmobile from the 1960s TV show bears little or no similarity to the Batmobile as represented in the comic books.
To me, that argument seems to invite a lawsuit from the producers or network behind the TV show, since it basically admits that Gotham Garage’s car are replicas of those used in the TV show.
So, it’s gutsy, but it might work. As long as Warner Bros. was not involved with the TV show, this argument would get Gotham Garage off the hook (or off this particular hook, at least) if a judge accepts that there is not enough of a connection between the Batmobile in DC Comics and the Gotham Garage “Batmobiles.”
Ultimately, though, I am just a little surprised that someone who makes “Batmobiles” and broadcasts this fact on the Internet has even made it this far.