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Siegel's Family Reclaims Share of Superman Rights

Discussion in 'TV, Music and Movies' started by ILPhinFan88, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. ILPhinFan88

    ILPhinFan88 Premium Member Luxury Box

    The New York Times reports that Wednesday's ruling, explained below, might affect the Superman Returns sequel and Justice League movie:

    A federal judge here on Wednesday ruled that the heirs of Jerome Siegel — who 70 years ago sold the rights to the action hero he created with Joseph Shuster to Detective Comics for $130 — were entitled to claim a share of the United States copyright to the character. The ruling left intact Time Warner's international rights to the character, which it has long owned through its DC Comics unit.

    And it reserved for trial questions over how much the company may owe the Siegel heirs for use of the character since 1999, when their ownership is deemed to have been restored.

    Still, the ruling threatened to complicate Warner's plans to make more films featuring Superman, including another sequel and a planned movie based on the DC Comics' "Justice League of America," in which he joins Batman, Wonder Woman and other superheroes to battle evildoers


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