Warner Bros. wins latest court battle with heirs of Superman creator

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Back in October, Warner Bros. defeated the heirs of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster in a lawsuit regarding the ownership of the character. Today, the studio was handed a victory in their legal tussle with the heirs of Superman’s other co-creator, Jerry Siegel. As reported by the New York Times, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif. overturned a 2008 court case that granted the Siegel estate half-ownership over the character. (Deadline has a full copy of the six-page ruling, which also briefly mentions the ownership of the comic book character The Spectre, like anyone cares.)

The studio said in an official 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.”

Warner Bros. has a new Superman movie hitting theaters later this year, and is planning to expand the character’s public profile with a role in the in-development Justice League mega-franchise.

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