Friday, August 14, 2009

Warner Bros. Loses Superman's Origins

More woes for Superman as variety reports that on Wednesday ruled a judge that the Siegel family have "successfully recaptured" rights to additional works, including the first two weeks of the daily Superman newspaper comic-strips, as well as portions of early Action Comics and Superman comic-books:

This means the Siegels -- repped by Marc Toberoff of Toberoff & Associates -- now control depictions of Superman's origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as the infant Kal-El, the launching of the infant Superman into space by his parents as Krypton explodes and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash.

The ruling is based on the court's finding that these were not "works-made-for-hire" under the Copyright Act.

This could mean a death nail in the proposed revamp Superman film also if they want to get a new "Superman" or even "Justice League" pic featuring the superhero, Warner Bros. and DC will be forced to go into production by 2011.

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