Well, the thing is they were borrowing my Superman costume but it was only to get [Brandon Routh] in as his version of Superman, and the truth of the matter was they must not have been able or willing to do a deal based upon the production he was part of with Bryan Singer. Presumably that they didn’t want to have to pay out to them.
So instead I got screwed. They didn’t pay me or Mark [Waid] anything for using our [designs]… I don’t see any money for [Wonder Woman 1984] using my armour. Hell, I designed Batwoman for heaven’s sakes, and she’s got a whole damn show.
Much as I’m far more galled at Waid for all the trouble he’s caused over the past decade or so, of course it’s troubling if DC takes this path of dumping on ANY of their various creators under the bus. But it’s not all that new, seeing how much stuff there is from decades past that goes all but minus reprint archives, even long after the original scribes are gone.
Ross also stated:
But you know these are some the issues that I have with not working with Warner Bros. anymore. They can recycle my content [that] they used to pay [for]. And I’m not kidding — they paid a year ago for different things that were kind of “discretionary bonuses” is how they called it, where they give you a gift of money, so that you’re not out there effectively complaining like I’m doing right now, saying “I got taken advantage of.”
Basically, in a buildup of a lot of projects over time, particularly peaking last year with the Crisis thing, there was a lot of stuff of mine that was getting (on TV) physically. And of course, the interpretation Mark and I did of the broken Batman we now saw portrayed by Kevin Conroy… and every fan knows where that was coming from. But we got no love from the corporation, and I have to feel, it probably revolves around the new ownership. He’s probably cut the budget of any kind of discretionary money given, so it’s a really rotten thing.
Personally, I feel it’s a terrible thing both DC and Marvel are owned by corporations these days, because look where it’s led to: tons of soulless entertainment building off of many artists’ work without saying thank you. This is what almost happened with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster at least 45 years ago when they learned of plans to develop Superman into a movie, and a stark difference is that then, thanks to the publicity campaign they were able to run with backing by several artists, they were able to get the credit and recognition they deserved, one of the reasons why, since the mid-1970s, their names usually appeared as creators of Superman on the comic series published. But today’s scribes, no matter their reputation, almost never get that kind of support, and I suspect that if Siegel/Shuster were around today, they’d be less lucky.