The Final Fate Of SUPERMAN: Lawsuit Settled In Favor Of Creators Heirs – DC And Warner Brothers Will Lose All Rights In 2013

August 14, 2009



Source: Variety

In an ongoing California court battle over Superman, Judge Stephen Larson issued a ruling Wednesday that awards the family of the superhero’s co-creator, Jerry Siegel, rights to additional works, including the first two weeks of the daily Superman newspaper comicstrips, as well as portions of early Action Comics and Superman comicbooks.

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

After a court order reverted rights to the Siegels in 2008, they owned the basis of the Superman character, including his costume, his alter-ego as reporter Clark Kent, the feisty reporter Lois Lane, their jobs at the Daily Planet newspaper working for a gruff editor, and the love triangle among Clark/Superman and Lois.

But that didn’t give them the full Superman copyright because DC owns other important elements like Superman’s ability to fly, the term kryptonite, the Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White characters, Superman’s vision powers and expanded origins.

The confusion exists because Superman first appeared in 1938 in Action Comics No. 1, which was sold by Siegel and co-creator Joel Schuster to DC. Everything after that was a work-for-hire, owned by DC.

However, copyright law dictates that full ownership of Superman goes back to the Siegels in 2013. That will give them the chance to set up Superman pics, TV shows and other projects at another studio.

Read more HERE.

THRALL WORLD is extremely curious as to how the Siegels will approach the future of SUPERMAN. There can be little doubt that Superman is completely misunderstood in todays world of “bad-ass-fukk-all” anti-heroes who seem to have a a gradually easier time of killing in the name of modern justice. And misunderstood applies to anyone who thinks Superman is “boring” or too “goody two-shoes”.

Superman remains the elusive dream of the perfect hero and a hero we choose to hold onto for clarity in our imperfect Thrall World. Now more than ever before we need Superman and we anxiously await his return.



  1. […] Singer’s movies since X-MEN have not been the gems he was hoping for. With SUPERMAN in development fubar (due to the Siegel heirs regaining copyright copntrol of the character… and Singer’s involvement with Battlestar Galactica somewhat of a risk considering how popular […]

  2. HOORAY!
    Some justice finally. No more WB corperate raping of the Superman character. I hope the Siegle’s return Superman to his roots…A square jawed populist hero who fought gangsters greedy businessmen the KKK (Superman radio shows) and yes KILLED the bad guys (see the brilliant Fleischer shorts). Enough of the emasculated man of steel.
    Its time for the hero to return

  3. I’m not too sure as to how this will all play out buty I think the seigle/shuster estates will still continue to have DC write the comics while they collect RIGHT-RELATED payments or royalties based off a percentage of money gained through sales of superman related works unless the estates branch off on thier own as far as publishing is concerned.

    The film franchise is a different animal.

  4. Justice has finally prevailed….Greed is what kills people and there morality.Jerry and Joe could have been more apart of the greatest superhero but like greed it changes people for the worse..

  5. The only thing that would have made this story better is that DC/Warner had to turn over royalties to the heirs.
    DC doesn’t care a bit about Superman. They only care about the income he generates.
    Superman has a real family now.

  6. Superman should be left in DC..imagine superman in marvel..it just doesn’t feel right. Besides, marvel would be so busy making the incredible hulk the strongest to even think about superman

  7. Actually the lawyer now owns 45% of the copyright, big win for him.

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