‘Captain Vancouver’ in battle with DC Comics
‘Superhero’ realtor faces lawsuit threat
“This is Ian, Captain Vancouver.” That’s how Vancouver real estate agent Ian Brett introduced himself when Metro reached him for an interview Tuesday.
But it’s not his Captain Vancouver persona, named after the city’s founder, George Vancouver, that has raised eyebrows at DC Comics — it’s his other claim, that he is a ‘Real Estate Superhero,’ that has the company’s lawyers threatening to sue.
According to a letter published on Brett’s website, DC Comics wants him to withdraw his trademark application for “Real Estate Superhero” and to stop using a red and yellow shield symbol, reminiscent of Superman’s ‘S’.
“While our client does not object to use of CAPTAIN VANCOUVER to promote your real estate business, use of SUPERMAN indicia and the SUPER HERO trademarks is not permissible,” stated a Jan. 9, 2017 letter from Bereskin & Parr, the Canadian intellectual property law firm representing DC Comics.
Brett’s website depicts the realtor in a blue 18th century British naval-officer outfit with a shirt underneath that features a six-point shield — but with a ‘Re’ for Realtor in it instead of an S.
But Brett, who has worked as a full-time realtor for four years, called DC Comics’ request unfair, characterizing the fight as a David and Goliath situation.
Brett told Metro he is open to negotiating with DC Comics, particularly on the shield reference. But in the meantime, he is taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to negotiating with them, writing back to Bereskin & Parr as if the firm was Superman.
He signed off on the letter with this line: “Alas Superman, fear not, you will always be the ‘Man of Steel’ just as I will always be the ‘Man of Sales’.
Bereskin & Parr did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.
Ian Brett, or Captain Vancouver, says dC Comics wants him to withdraw his trademark application for “real estate Superhero.”