From The Hollywood Reporter comes news that a court of appeals has made a decision that will likely empower DC Comics and its parent company Warner Bros. to retain control of the Superman franchise without legal challenge from the heirs of original creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that a 2008 decision by a federal judge to grant the heirs of Jerry Siegel to reclaim half the copyright of Superman was wrongful, determining that a binding deal between the Siegel heirs and DC had been struck in 2001.
Today’s appeals court’s decision follows a federal judge’s ruling in October that denied the heirs of Joe Shuster to recapture his half of the same.
We’re communicating with our legal consultant on this matter and we will update this story as more information becomes available. But at the moment it would seem that after years of litigation, these two decisions leave the estates of the Superman creators with few options but to live with the terms of previous agreements, and DC Comics with unfettered authority over the entire Superman enterprise going forward.