Warner Bros. Wins ‘Superman’ Court Battle!

The studio will hold onto the rights of DC Comics’ most iconic hero as they continue production on ‘Man of Steel’.

Warner Bros. wins court battle over Superman
Warner Bros. wins court battle over Superman
A federal judge has ruled in favor of Warner Bros. in terms of the their stake in the copyright of DC Comics' most iconic character Superman. This means that the studio will hold onto the rights of the character for a bit longer, with this ruling coming in the middle of their production on director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.

To read the full ruling: Click Here!

Sister of deceased Superman creator Joe Shuster, Jean Peavy, filed the suit as a "termination notice" on Warner Bros.' right to use the character, but a 1992 agreement between the studio and Peavy negated this ruling. If terminated, Warner Bros. would have lost the right to use Superman, and Man of Steel would have been delayed indefinitely.

Here is the Judge's ruling.

"The 1992 Agreement, which represented the Shuster heirs' opportunity to renegotiate the prior grants of Joe Shuster's copyrights, superseded and replaced all prior grants of the Superman copyrights. The 1992 Agreement thus represents the parties' operative agreement and, as a post-1978 grant, it is not subject to termination."

Warner Bros. offered no comment on the ruling.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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Comments (9)


    Justice has been served!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  2. rjh094

    So... she's trying to stop Warner Bros. & DC Comics from using Superman? Why?

    2 years agoby @rjh094Flag

  3. Superman81

    @felipe-11 I dont really see how they could have delayed it since WB had to have a Superman movie in production before all this was decided and MOS has been in production since late summer/fall of last year

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  4. ejk1

    I breezed through the doc*ment, and it appears that Ms. Peavy resolved the Shuster estate in 1992. With that done, there is no more that she can accomplish. The court was right to grant summary judgment to WB.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. Sean

    @justatadmatt There will probably be another movie trailer released on the intenret for Man of Steel some time soon.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. justatadmatt

    i need a longer trailer...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  7. Replicant

    I'm just glad this wasn't delayed or anything...

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

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