Thursday, January 10, 2013

Court Rules In Favor Of WB In SUPERMAN Case, WB Responds

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in Warner Bros. favor against the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, according to Deadline.

Specifically, the court found that the studio has full rights to DC's iconic superhero due to a binding agreement in 2001. In October of last year, a U.S. distict judge ruled that the heirs of Joe Shuster, Superman's other co-creator, waived any claim to ownership of Superman in 1992.

Deadline's Dominic Patten interprets the ruling, which also includes Siegel's DC co-creation The Spectre, as "basically a green light for Warner Bros. to now move forward with its Superman big screen reboot Man of Steel and other related properties without the specter of further legal action from the creator’s heirs hanging over them like Kryptonite." Man of Steel is scheduled for release from Warner Bros. on June 14.

Warner Bros. has released an official statement in response to Thursday's ruling.

"This is a great day for Superman, for his fans, for DC Entertainment and for Warner Bros.

"Today’s ruling vindicates DC Comics’ long-held position that it entered into a binding agreement with the Jerry Siegel family in 2001. The Court’s decision paves the way for the Siegels finally to receive the compensation they negotiated for and which DC has been prepared to pay for over a decade. We are extremely pleased that Superman’s adventures can continue to be enjoyed across all media platforms worldwide for generations to come."

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