Two sets of cards. Heros. Bosses. Bosses are bad guys from a movie, heros the good guys. Can I use movie character names, quotes along with pics, a still from the movie for my game? For example, Marty Moose from national Lampoon's vacation?
Character names, quotes, pics from movies, stills from movies may all be protected by copyright and you may be sued for copyright infringement.
You should discuss with an intellectual property attorney in a private consultation.
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Your game idea implicates lots of copyright, trademark, and unfair competition issues.
Names and personas of fictitious characters are protected by copyright, trademark and unfair competition law. Use depends on context, and here you want to use images as well, so there may be character rights implicated.
Quotes are generally too short to be entitled to COPYRIGHT protection. But some quotes can be registered for TRADEMARKS for goods or services. Each one has to be analyzed.
Photos from films are protected by COPYRIGHT, owned by the film's producer/owner.
The thing about what might otherwise be TRADEMARK infringement or unfair competition is that if you use a lot of different sources, the chances of any one source suiong for trademark infringement go down. Why? Because it's not as clear, from the consumer's point of view, that you're trying to claim an endorsement or affiliation with any of them.
Games in general can have protectible elements. Rules can be registered for copyrights. Names and brands can be registered for trademarks. The process of the game itself can registered for a patent.
Discuss how to create a non-infringing and protectible game with your own IP lawyer.
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The best thing to do would be to get permission to use the characters from these movies. Otherwise, you may be infringing on the copyrights of the studios. Also, it sounds like you want to base it on a preexisting card game. The card game may be protected by a patent. You should hire an intellectual property attorney who can help you through all of these issues.
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