After nearly a decade of legal battles with the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel over rights issues, Warner Bros. is now looking to officially close the book on this tumultuous saga, according to a report by Deadline.
Last month, a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially awarded full rights of the Superman character (in addition to his younger counterpart Superboy) to Warner Bros. This ruling effectively overturned a 2008 decision that awarded Laura Siegel Larson (Siegel’s daughter) and the estate of Joanne Siegel (his wife) the rights to the iconic superhero.
“In short, these cases are over,” lawyers Daniel Petrocelli, Matthew Kline and Cassandra Seto stated in a filing quoted in the article. “Any attempt by Larson to resuscitate them is futile…In both the Superman and Superboy cases, DC’s Fourth Counterclaim seeks a declaration that Larson transferred her Superman and Superboy copyrights to DC pursuant to a 2001 settlement agreement, and that the parties are bound by the terms of that agreement.”
By seeking a definitive ruling, Warner Bros. looks to move forward with further Superman-based projects, including the upcoming Man of Steel, without fear of future legal repercussions.