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COMIC LEGEND: DC once sued a porn film for, among other things (including trademark infringement), the usage of flying sequences!
When you’re a major company and you get hit by a lawsuit over trademark, you revise your product.
But what do you do when you’re a small company making a pornographic film?
Well, that’s what the producers of 1977’s Super-Woman found out when DC Comics served them with a complaint over their porn film’s use of the character Super-Woman and the “S” on the chest of her costume.
The film starred Desiree Cousteau as Super-Woman, a super strong heroine who could also fly. Along with co-workers, reporters Lois and Clark, Cousteau investigated the evil deeds of Kreetia Borgia, played by Jessie St. James. Here’s Borgia…
In a move cleared designed to secure trademark protection, DC had a character named “Superwoman” show up a few times in the 1940s.
Here’s one such appearance, where Lois Lane dreams she’s Superwoman in Action Comics #60…
So DC registered for (and received) a trademark on the name “Superwoman” for usage in commerce.
In 1977, Superman: The Movie was soon to be released, and obviously Fantasy Films Productions knew this when they did their film.
So DC Comics sued them, and the courts agreed on pretty much all of the counts, except DC wanted them to remove all flying sequences, as that was going to be a big part of Superman: The Movie, and they felt that it was too similar to their Superman TV series. The court disagreed, but allowed all the other changes.
So the movie went from Super-Woman to Ms. Magnificent!
She does two things extremely well…one of them is flying!
However, this being a small production, do you know how they complied with the court order? They just went through the soundtrack and simply cut out any mention of the name “Super-Woman.” Characters aren’t dubbed in saying “Ms. Magnificent,” people are just silent when her name comes up!
And the “S” on her costume?
Someone just went by frame by frame and scratched out the logo on her costume, resulting in what looks like an almost intentional special effect!
Of course, it is clearly NOT intentional when you see the scratch accidentally go too far in a scene…
Oh, just because I figured you folks would be interested, Kreetia Borgia does, indeed, have a dildo made out of a green alien substance that is “Ms. Magnificent’s” weakness.
I just figured you should know that.
Let’s move on!
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