10 Jul 2009
The heirs of Superman creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel sued Warner Bros. and DC Comics claiming they are owed profits on "Superman Returns" due to a "sweetheart" deal between DC and the WB, but the court disagreed with the claim.
The interesting part is that Warner Bros. chairman Alan Horn 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.
But it wasn't the end of the story, apparently Judge ruled that if production on a new "Superman" film does not begin by 2011, the families will be eligible to sue Warner Bros. for damages, as they will own the entire Superman copyright in 2013.
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