SUPERMAN: Still Controlled by Warner Brothers
Maybe the "S" on his chest should be replaced by a "W.B." With the latest big-screen reboot bounding into theaters this summer, Warner Brothers won another significant legal battle on Thursday that gives the company complete commercial control of the storied franchise.
According to a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit of Appeals, the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerome Siegel are bound to a 2001 letter penned by the family's attorney in which he agreed to Warner Brothers' offer for half of their share of Superman, despite the fact that it was never actually formalized into a contract.
This latest ruling voids a 2008 court decision that gave the family control of key elements of the Superman story, including his costume. If that deal were still in place, Warner Brothers would have to cut an expensive new royalty agreement with the family.
Source: Associated Press