The legal battle between Warner Bros. and the estates of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster over the copyright to the Man of Steel has been raging for more than a decade, and the bad blood behind it has been boiling for much, much longer. It often looks like there’s no end in sight for this clash, but now Warner Bros. is taking steps to win the fight, once and for all.
The copyright battle began back in 1999, when Siegel’s widow filed a copyright termination notice on Superman that ignited a long fight with Warner Communications, parent company of both DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studios. In 2008, the Siegel family reclaimed their half of the copyright to the character, and the Shuster family is scheduled to get the other half in 2013. But that doesn’t mean Warner Bros. is going down without a fight. Continue reading