Not surprising that in the week we saw another trailer for the upcoming Man of Steel there’s news in the ever ongoing case for the rights of Superman between DC Entertainment and the Siegel and Shuster estates. It’s a big win for DC as the company has – at least for now – total control of the last son of Krypton.
The legal statement released today says,
…the copyright termination notice served by the Estate of Joseph Shuster on November 10, 2003, is deemed invalid and ineffective.
…rights-encumbering agreements—including the 2001 Pacific Pictures agreement, 2003 Pacific Pictures agreement, and 2008 consent agreement—are deemed invalid and unenforceable.
Which means the families of the men who created the first ever and easily the most widely known super hero have nothing. Of course, an appeal on their behalf has already been filed so by no means is this the last battle between to two camps over the ownership of Superman.
The bigger ramifications are on how this will effect relations between the comic book industry, particularly the big two DC and Marvel, and their current stable of creators. Will more of today’s top talent be uneasy about working with these two companies when they could get better deals and hold on to the rights of their characters working for others?