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.
Warner Bros. wins court battle over Superman
To read the full ruling:
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's copyrights, superseded and replaced all prior grants of the Superman copyrights.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.