It looks like Warner Bros. has scored yet another win in the long legal war over the copyrights for Superman.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has handed down the decision that simply states that the heirs to Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel made a binding contract for the rights of the character way back in 2001. As a result of that contract, Warner Bros. is granted the rights to Superman.
In short, this essentially means that Superman and all respective Superman properties (Movies, Comics, Games, and TV shows) will continue to be released by Warner Bros. Not like anyone was really doubting the future of the popular DC character anyway.
Check out the official statement made by Warner Bros. below.
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 Siegel’s 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.
So there you have it folks. The Siegel’s have lost their fight for the rights to Superman. Of course they can appeal again and take the case to the Supreme Court, but that seems very unlikely at this point.
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