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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

CHRISTOPHER REEVE As SUPERMAN

CHRISTOPHER REEVE As SUPERMAN


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.

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‘SUPERMAN’ Movie Update: No Script, No Movie Until 2012 At The Earliest – Maybe Never Via WB As Copyright Set To Expire

July 10, 2009

BRANDON ROUTH As SUPERMAN

BRANDON ROUTH As SUPERMAN


Source: Variety

In a decision announced Wednesday, U.S. Judge District Court Judge Stephen G. Larson found that the license fees the studio paid to corporate sibling DC Comics didn’t represent “sweetheart” deals as they weren’t below fair market value. That means the heirs will be able seek profits only from DC Comics — which earned $13.6 million from Warner Bros. for the 2006 release of “Superman Returns” — rather than from Warner Bros. as well.

Beyond that…

The judge, who conducted a 10-day bench trial, also noted that Warner Bros. chairman Alan Horn had testified that he hopes to make another “Superman” movie but added that the property wasn’t under development at the studio, that no script had been written and that the earliest another “Superman” pic could be released would be in 2012.

[Attorney Marc] Toberoff [who represents heirs Joanne Siegel and Laura Siegel Larson] also asserted in a written statement that the Siegel heirs and the heirs of co-creator Joe Shuster will own the entire Superman copyright in 2013.

Read more HERE.

It’s not clear what the copyright and licensing future is for DC Comics which is a bit out of left field. If we had to guess? No new movie until post copyright turnover.

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SUPERMAN Movie Update: BRANDON ROUTH’s Contract Expires – Will He Return?

July 8, 2009

BRANDON ROUTH As SUPERMAN

BRANDON ROUTH As SUPERMAN


Source: Omelete.com.br

Omelete.com.br recently sat down with actor Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and asked about the status of a new Superman sequel.

“I do not know of anything. I’m sure that Warner Bros. is moving there, but everything is still uncertain. Really, I do not know anything.”

Another key reveal? Routh confirmed he has no contract to play the super-hero.

“The term contract has expired. But if they call me again, back to the character without thinking twice.”

Read more HERE. The original article is from Brazil and in Portugese.

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‘SUPERMAN’ Sequel Movie Update: BIZARRO Themed Script Review Posted

April 11, 2009

BRANDON ROUTH As SUPERMAN

BRANDON ROUTH As SUPERMAN


Source: Latino Review

Check out an interesting review of a Bizarro SUPERMAN script that’s getting some buzz HERE.

The last we heard about the SUPERMAN franchise on the THRALL WORLD blogzine was on Halloween of last year when BRANDON ROUTH said THIS.

My take on the review: Bizarro sounds a little bit like the Hulk. Ridiculously powerful, misunderstood, and a margially controllable wild card. General Zod and Ursa also are back (from Superman 2) and heavily involved. It sounds like an interesting concept for a graphic novel idea but I seriously doubt that this is the way they will go with retooling the Superman movie franchise.

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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Updated Release Dates For MARVEL STUDIOS Iconic SuperHeros And Team

March 12, 2009

With THE AVENGERS Movie Release Date Now Set For 05.04.12, It's A Good Bet the Four Popular Marvel Characters Shown (clockwise); HULK, THOR, IRON MAN, and CAPTAIN AMERICA Will Anchor An AVENGERS Movie

THE AVENGERS Movie Release Date Is Set For 05.04.12


Source: ComingSoon.net

**updated 03.17.09

Marvel Studios Feature Film Pipeline

Iron Man 2 – May 7, 2010
Thor – May 20, 2011
The First Avenger: Captain America – July 22, 2011
The Avengers – May 4, 2012

Read more HERE.

Last rumor I heard was that they’ll be trying to stop a rampaging HULK.

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Big ‘IRON MAN 2’ Update: MICKEY ROURKE, SCARLETT JOHANSSON Confirmed

March 12, 2009

MICKEY ROURKE

MICKEY ROURKE

SCARLETT JOHANSSON

SCARLETT JOHANSSON


Source: Variety, E Online

Mickey Rourke has closed his deal to play the Russian villain in “Iron Man 2.”

He’ll play Whiplash, a character that includes elements from that comicbook villain and Crimson Dynamo, another Russian baddie.

Read more HERE.

[SCARLETT JAHANSSON] reps confirm that the actress has signed on to play Black Widow in the Iron Man sequel opposite Robert Downey Jr. The deal was signed this afternoon.

Read more HERE.

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It’s Official: HEATH LEDGER Wins Posthumous OSCAR For JOKER Portrayal In ‘THE DARK KNIGHT’

February 22, 2009

R.I.P. Heath Ledger 1979-2008

R.I.P. Heath Ledger 1979-2008


Source: CNN.com

Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for his performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” at the 81st annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

His parents and sister accepted the award for the actor, who died in January 2008.

Read more HERE.

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‘THE DARK KNIGHT’ Tops $1 Billion Mark

February 21, 2009

BATMAN and the JOKER Square Off in "THE DARK KNIGHT"
Source: Variety.com

Warner Bros. made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying that the combined domestic and international gross had totaled $1,001,082,160 to date — about $533 million domestically and $567 million overseas.

Only “Titanic,” with $1.8 billion, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” have topped the billion-dollar worldwide mark previously.

Read more HERE.

‘THE DARK KNIGHT’ director, CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, just this week announced his next movie will be the science fiction action film, ‘INCEPTION’, which should push back any possible sequel to 2011 at the earliest. I’m thinking it will be closer to 2012. The length of time between Bat movies doesn’t really concern me as Nolan is going to need some time to plan his next move.

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Update: MICKEY ROURKE “Not Doing IRON MAN 2”

February 18, 2009

MICKEY ROURKE

MICKEY ROURKE


Source: New York Magazine

Straight from The Wrestler’s mouth:

“Right now, we’re not doing Iron Man 2.”

Read more HERE.

Marvel has been low balling some of the talent they’ve been approaching money-wise, probably on the theory that their movies are so high profile. Reports are that Samuel L. Jackson may not return as Nick Fury and Terrence Howard definitely isn’t coming back as Rhodey. The wait-and-see is in full effect.

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‘IRON MAN 2’ Update: SCARLETT JOHANSSON, EMILY BLUNT Jockey For BLACK WIDOW Role

February 14, 2009

IRON MAN Movie Poster

IRON MAN Movie Poster


Source: HollywoodInsider.EW.com

Because Emily Blunt’s commitment to Twentieth Century Fox and the studio’s upcoming Gulliver’s Travels movie may prohibit her from costarring in Iron Man 2, Marvel is in discussions with other actresses, most significantly Scarlett Johansson, to take her place.

Blunt’s reps are still trying to make both projects work.

Read more HERE.

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