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Superman future is in the hands of the studio

Superman.jpgWell at least it is until there's another appeal on a different decision by the family of one the creators of the character Jerome Siegel but for now the rights to Superman have been assigned to Warner Bros. in court and the long running case has been settled.

What does this mean for Superman? Well the new version Man of Steel could well be the beginning of a continuing series of Superman films firmly in the creative control of the studio. Whether that's good or bad I'm not so sure.

Court cases had been running for years disputing letters that had passed between Warner Bros. and the family in 2001 that had agreed terms for a deal but, it would appear, no contract was formally signed.

The latest appeal of the decision overturns a ruling that occurred in 2008 where Warner Bros. was ordered to share more profits earned through the Superman character dating back to 1999 with the family of Siegel.

That basically means that there is no doubt that the studio has full creative control over the character and can keep all the profits. In a comment through the BBC a spokesperson for Warner Bros. DC Comics division said:

"The court's decision paves the way for the Siegel 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."

However it doesn't end there though, now the same lawyers turn to the co-creator Joe Shuster and his family to challenge a different court ruling from 2012 which also awarded the character rights to Warner Bros.

There's still another battle but in the meantime the studio continue with Man of Steel and beyond.

What does it mean for Superman in the end? I'm not really sure. If the creators gained control then they'd be after more profits from Warner Bros. and that might put them off continuing to pursue a new film series with the character, but either way Superman is a huge earner so chances are we wouldn't really see him disappear, perhaps just stutter in his development a little.



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