Spanish football giants Valencia are on course for a battle with Batman after being sued by DC Comics for an alleged infringement over the trademark of a bat image appearing on their logo.
Spanish reports surfaced suggested the iconic comic publisher is preparing to sue Valencia for an adaptation of their club crest which DC Claims is too similar to the open-winged bat symbol famed by superhero, Batman.
DC filed a grievance with the European Union body the Office for Harmonisation in the Internet Market after Valencia revealed their intention to use an adaptation of their existing logo of a bat with it's wings raised upwards.
The six-time Spanish champions are commonly referred to as Los Murcielagos - The bats - as a reference to their iconic crest which features a bat above a shield bearing the flag of the Valencian community.
The symbol of the bat has a long history with Valencia that dates back to the 13th century when the region was conquered by King James I of Aragon who added the image of the bat to his coat of arms as a symbol of good luck. Bats are common in the region of Valencia and the Balearic Islands and the coat of arms of the city of Valencia still features a bat.
A black bat is also featured on the logo of Valencia's local rivals, Levante, who play Valencia on Sunday in a local derby.