Warner Bros. has taken a huge step forward in their legal battle over the rights to DC Comics’ iconic character, Superman. It now seems likely the studio will control the future of the Superman franchise.
“This is a great day for Superman, for his fans, for DC Entertainment and for Warner Bros.,” a rep for Warners says in a statement. “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.”
Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the Superman character in 1932 and later sold it to Detective Comics Inc (later renamed to DC Comics) in 1938 when the two were struggling for financial stability. The estates of Siegel and Shuster have been locked in a legal battle with DC for over 70 years and in recent decades, have been attempting to exploit the “termination” provision of the 1976 Copyright Act.
This is an important victory for Warner Bros. and couldn’t have come at a better time with Zack Snyder’s much-anticipated reboot – Man of Steel – due for release in the US on June 14th 2013.