At first read, the very idea is both ridiculous and rebellious. It reeks of tabloid sensationalism…until you read the full comicbook. Of course the very idea that movie plots are original is a naive point of view in itself. Obviously, most movies now are mere variations on themes from older sources like movies and books that find their roots that go way back to ancient literature. Even within the time frame of the modern era of movies you can see incredible similarities between movies. At most, maybe a writer can dream up a plot that he’s never heard of before, and therefore think it’s original, when in fact he wasn’t the only one who thought of it. At one point or another in our history, there was probably another person who got more or less the same idea, committed it to paper , a copy of which is probably floating around somewhere.
They say there are only 7 basic plots as a series of conflicts:
- Man vs. Man
- Man vs. Nature
- Man vs. God
- Man vs. Society
- Man in the Middle
- Man & Woman
- Man vs. Himself
Supposedly, every single story that was ever written would fall somehow into any of these 7 basic plots. And everything else that makes one story different from another, are just embellishments on these plot skeletons. So it’s perfectly possible that Christopher Nolan got his inspiration from the said comicbook, or from some other source for that matter, or he could simply have thought of the plot from a seed of an idea, expounded on it, and coincidentally ended up with a similar story to the one created by this Disney comicbook writer. I just hope it wasn’t a matter of him reading this story and tweaking it into his own creation and passing it off as his own. I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Even in music, accusations of plagiarism is a constant source of conflict. Composers and lyricists often butt heads in claiming one copied from the other citing eerie similarities between melodies and lyrics. Although some are guilty, many simply got the same idea as the other artists; it’s definitely within the realm of possibility.
But you have to admit, the similarities are uncanny. Formulate your own opinions by reading the full comicbook for free. You be the judge. Just click on this to read the DISNEY COMICBOOK.