Seinfeld Accuses 'Lego Movie' of Superman Joke Theft
With its $69.1 million haul at the box office this weekend, it's clear that a lot of people saw "The Lego Movie." One of those people was Jerry Seinfeld, who took to Twitter Tuesday to air a grievance he has with how the relationship between Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum) and Green Lantern (voiced by Jonah Hill) is eerily similar to jokes he made in 2004 via his "Superman & Seinfeld" American Express commercials/webisodes.
I think Lego Movie stole my Superman has issues with Green Lantern bit from Amex Seinfeld and Superman webisode. Anyone else catch that?— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) February 11, 2014
He followed that tweet with two more to clarify:
Also loved Lego Movie.A story would have been a nice added touch, though..— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) February 11, 2014
Im glad they did. It was a fun bit..#legomymaterial— Jerry Seinfeld (@JerrySeinfeld) February 11, 2014
Still, Seinfeld's argument or grievances seem slightly silly. In his webisode called "Hindsight is 20/20," an elderly woman asks Superman and Seinfeld if they know the Green Lantern while she's taking a picture for them, Superman admits that he does know Lantern but in an annoyed tone. That's it.
In the "Lego Movie," the running joke between the two superheroes is that Green Lantern desperately wants to be Superman's BFF, but Superman wants nothing to do with him. At one point the Man of Steel begs someone to give him Kryptonite just so he can get away from Lantern.
So what gives? Perhaps Seinfeld wants to drum up a little attention for his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"? Until we learn the whole truth, audiences should know that Tatum and Hill recorded their roles together, playing off their characters' relationship in "21 Jump Street," which was directed by "Lego Movie" maestros Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Plus, plenty of the dialogue was improvised. We'll wait to see if the actors and directors respond to Seinfeld's accusation. Until then, here is the best Twitter reply to Seinfeld, via Ricky Gervais:
@JerrySeinfeld I know how you feel. Schindler's List stole a lot of my early stuff.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 11, 2014