There was a really notorious knock-off toy line known as the "Sense of Right Alliance". It was supposed to be a fictional crossover of some sorts, and features characters from the Justice League comics, such as Batman and Superman, and even includes various other characters such as Spider-Man, Shrek, characters from Power Rangers, the Ninja Turtles, Mr. Incredible from Pixar's The Incredibles, and a mutated version of Lightning McQueen from Cars, another Pixar film, packaged in a way that makes them a superhero team. It even has some characters from The Fantastic Four, as well as the well-known cartoon series The Thundercats.
When my brother Ty showed this to me, he called it a "crossover of worlds", but I thought it SUCKED; it was the absolutely worst case of trademark/intellectual property/copyright violations. It's somewhat worse than Shijingshan Amusement Park, a recently-closed theme park in China that is a bootleg version of Disneyland (even the park's slogan admits, "Disney is too far!").
When me and my bro were walking around at the Galleria at Tyler mall in Riverside, California, he told me that there would be an actual Sense of Right Alliance movie, and it looked exactly like he was saying it as a joke. I think that the picture above is fan-made, since it has rather impressive Photoshop techniques.
Note, my bro even said that it would have Thomas and Diesel 10 from the Thomas the Tank Engine franchise.
Indeed, the Sense of Right Alliance's slogan (on the toy package) literally states "Let's Fence Against the Earth!". Are you kidding me? The slogan is probably a really poor translation from something Chinese (presumably) to English. It's supposed to be "Let's Fight for the Earth" (if it was an officially licensed product), not "Let's Fence Against the Earth". That's very hypocritical; if you take a hero team from Earth then have them fight against Earth, they would be a villain team claiming to be heroes (like Bizarro). As a joke, my brother told me that the Sense of Right Alliance has two main goals: (1) to destroy the Earth, and (2) to fly into the sun!
However, I think this movie should NEVER be made! It's mainly due to 5 reasons: (1) the Sense of Right Alliance was a knock-off toy line, meaning that it was not completely authorized nor approved by the copyright holders to the characters that were used, (2) it would be a huge waste of money regarding paying royalties for use of the characters, (3) it would possibly get really poor reviews, (4) it would spark frivolous lawsuits in its pre-production, and (5) if it was made, the film would be made and distributed by too many studios and production companies (that would be a lot of logos!).
There were some other pretty notorious knock-off superhero toys, but I'm only going to give out two examples. The first example is "Power Mans: Invincible Troop Warfare", which had a Power Rangers-style logo on the box's artwork, but it does not contain any Power Rangers characters (although it has pictures of the Power Rangers and some other superheroes on the box's artwork), but rather has five metallic-looking Batman figures, all having the same design and color. The second example is "Specialman", which comes packaged in a really simple-looking case. It looks just like the Christopher Reeve portrayal of Superman (with the same costume). I don't know how to describe this, but as MetaMythic user grrenth posted about the toy on his "15 Most Hilarious Knock-Off Toys Article":
"It’s a little known fact that if Clark Kent tries to turn into Superman in the southern hemisphere things often go a bit wrong and he turns into Specialman instead."
There were also some knock-off superhero films that were made. I'm going to give out two examples of films from Turkey. The first example is 1973's 3 Dev Adam (3 Giant Men). The film had a villainous Spider-Man who is getting stopped by a Turkish version of Captain America and real-life Mexican wreslter El Santo. I wrote an article on this movie, so feel free to check it out. The second example is The Return of Superman, in which it shows Superman being raised in Turkey (his real first name is Tayfun), and also gets his powers from a God (note that Krypton and parts of outer space were depicted as Christmas ornaments on a black background, while for the flying effects, it shows a Superman doll being dragged with a fishing line that was flown on a film-projected background). The film also steals the original Superman theme from the Christopher Reeve movies.
There was also a bootleg Superman film that came from India.
Here's the copyright holdings per character/franchise (including ones that I forgot to mention)
Justice League (copyright owned by DC Comics, which is owned by Warner Bros. Both Warner Bros. and DC are owned by Time Warner)
- Spider-Man (copyright owned by Sony)
- The Thundercats (copyright owned by Cartoon Network, which is owned by Time Warner)
Power Rangers (copyright owned by SCG Power Rangers LLC)
Shrek (copyright owned by Dreamworks, which is owned by Reliance Entertainment)
- The Incredibles (copyright owned by Pixar, whose films are distributed by Disney)
- Cars (see above)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (copyright owned by Nickelodeon. The film rights are currently owned by Paramount. Both Nickelodeon and Paramount are owned by Viacom.)
- Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (copyright owned by the Britt Allcroft Company, which soon became Gullane Entertainment. Gullane was then required by HiT Entertainment in 2003, and was then taken over by Apax Partners in 2005. Afterwards, Apax finally sold HiT Entertainment to toy company Mattel)
This sucks, doesn't it?