GMA-7 has recently released the teaser for the upcoming Dingdong Dantes-starrer, "Alyas Robin Hood," but it was immediately hounded by criticisms as netizens seemed to find it similar to the American series titled "Arrow."
According to the series' creative consultant and concept developer Suzette Doctolero, the upcoming Kapuso series is based on the British folklore Robin Hood, which she said is a public domain just like Tarzan.
"Let me tell you about one remake we did nine years ago, Ang Lupin ni Richard Gutierrez. Nag-react ang Japan, nagpadala ng demand letter ata sa GMA kasi kinopya daw sa kanila. Pero di sila nanalo dahil ang Lupin ng Japan ay mula sa Lupin na isang French novel. At dahil ito ay public domain gaya ng Tarzan, Robin Hood at iba pang akda, ay maaari itong paghalawan ng marami pang mga kwento. Walang ganitong claim pa o demand ang DC," Doctolero told pep.ph.
DC Entertainment is one of the producers of "Arrow." The CW series is also based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed archer who uses his skills to fight crime in his city.
Doctolero also talked to pep about masterplots being used by writers as guide.
"Kaunti lang ang masterplot sa mundo, na ginagamit na gabay ng mga writers sa kanilang mga obra. Nasa 30 o 35 lang ata 'yan. Ang example nito ay Robin Hood. Basta pag tungkol sa hooded vigilante hero na nagnanakaw from the rich to give to the poor. Isa rin dito ang Romeo and Juliet. So lahat ng kwentong tungkol sa dalawang magkaaway na pamilya at may two members doon na nagmamahalan ay automatic na mula sa Romeo and Juliet masterplot. Ang isa pang example ay Cinderella, basta tungkol sa rich girl na ginawang poor at inapi tapos she gets the prince/leading man. Kung iisa-isahin mo ang bawat pelikula sa mundo, at aanalisahin mo kung saan halaw na masterplot, matutukoy mo agad ito," she said.
In a Facebook post, she also clarified that a poster of "Alyas Robin Hood" that appeared on social media was not from GMA-7.
She said it could be fan-made, or done in purpose to put the series in bad light.
The said poster could have triggered the shocked emoji on Stephen Amell's (who plays the lead character in "Arrow") own Facebook post, sharing the teaser for "Alyas Robin Hood."
Images: screengrab from IG / gmanetwork, FB / suzette.doctolero