DC Comics (Batman) Files Complain Against Valencia Over Centenary Logo

DC Comics denounces yet again the Spanish club Valencia CF for the bat of its logo. As reported by Spanish media, the American publisher DC Comics, owner of Batman's rights, has filed a new complaint against Valencia Club de Fútbol for the similarity of its logo with that of the popular superhero.

On this occasion, the U.S. company has filed an opposition brief with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) against the logo designed by the Spanish club to commemorate its 100 years of history.

Meanwhile, the Valencia CF says it has been using the small animal since before Batman was born, so it insists it will not remove the bat from its shield. "We're not going to stop using the bat because DC Comics says so. There is no commercial brand that has a worldwide exclusive on bats", said Valencia C.F. to the newspaper El Confidencial. "When this club played with a bat in its chest, in the United States they were chasing bison," added the same source.

DC Comics already filed a similar complaint against Valencia in 2014, when it alleged that the logo of the sports entity had a strong resemblance to the emblem of the superhero and refused that the club to acquire the exclusive rights.

Valencia CF's logo has been featuring the bat since their foundation in 1919. The currently-style Valencia bat logo was already introduced in 1921 - Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

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