Netizens have been accusing Dingdong Dantes's Alyas Robin Hood of imitating the poster of the American TV series Arrow.
A certain Facebook user even created a collage comparing the posters of Alyas Robin Hood and Arrow.
The user pointed out the same elements of Arrow seen in the alleged Alyas Robin Hood poster such as the hood and the arrow worn by Dingdong and Canadian actor Stephen Amell.
The supposed poster earned the ire of some netizens, accusing GMA Network as a copycat.
Some netizens were quick to clarify that the alleged poster is fan-made. It also bears the logo of a showbiz blog known for creating fan-made photos for its articles.
In fact, the photos of Dingdong and his Alyas Robin Hood co-stars Andrea Torres and Megan Young came from different photo shoots of TV shows as well as magazine covers.
Andrea's photo came from her 2012 series Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga.
Megan's picture was from her photoshoot for Manila Bulletin.
Meanwhile, Dingdong's photo came from his TV series Genesis. His hood, costume, and beard were only edited by the creator of the fan-made art.
GMA also released the official teaser of this new primetime series and it bore a title card very different from the fan-made poster.
ALYAS ROBIN HOOD VS. ARROW. Encantadia headwriter Suzette Doctolero, who acts as concept developer and creative consultant for the Kapuso series, defended their new show from those who are claiming that it is a copycat of Arrow.
Suzette clarified issues surrounding the controversial poster as well as the concept of Alyas Robin Hood.
She pointed out that the story of the heroic archer Robin Hood is already in public domain, which means the creators of Arrow and Alyas Robin Hood can already base their stories on the said foklore.
The GMA executive pointed out: "Dear everyone, paglilinaw, ang alias Robinhood ay hindi pa naipapalabas kaya maaari bang malaman kung gaano kayo katiyak na ito ay hango sa arrow?
"Ang arrow po ay hango sa kwento ni robin hood. Isa itong public domain story, meaning pwedeng paghalawan ng mga kwento. Kaya ang alias robinhood ay mula sa robinhood at hindi po sa arrow na komopya din sa robinhood.
"Unless po ang akala nyong title ay alias arrow? =) na hindi naman kasi ito ay alias robinhood na ibang iba ang kwento kaysa sa arrow though the character of both ay mula sa robinhood.
Suzette also had a heated exchange with a netizen and informed him that she attended a festival in Los Angeles wherein she saw a presentation of Arrow's creative team.
The executive exclaimed, "I am shocked. Hindi na ba nagbabasa ng literatura ang mga kabataan ngayon?"
Suzette's comments prompted PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) to send her a private message and ask her about the plot of Alyas Robinhood.
While she said that Alyas Robin Hood is a social realism action drama and "ang layo ng kwento nito sa Arrow," the writer has yet to confirm if she is already allowed to divulge the plot of the upcoming TV series.
The series is scheduled to air this September on GMA-7's primetime block.
(To learn more about this issue, read: PEP EXCLUSIVE: Alyas Robin Hood consultant differentiates show as Arrow actor reacts to teaser)