January 10, 2013 |
In a legal victory that cements the studio's ownership of Superman as it goes forward with a slate of movie about the Man of Steel, Warner Bros. has won an appeal against the daughter of the character's co-creator, Jerry Siegel. A trio of judges with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower-court ruling that had allowed Laura Siegel Larson to terminate 50% of Warner Bros.' copyright. Terminating the copyright would have deprived Warner Bros. of much of the Superman mythos and likely would have led to new negotiations over royalties -- at a higher price for the studio.
October 17, 2012 |
Superman won't be going up, up, and away from Warner Bros. In a crucial legal victory for the Burbank studio, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday denied an effort by the heirs of Superman co-creator Joseph Shuster to reclaim their 50% interest in the world's most famous superhero. Superman is one of Warner's most valuable characters, having generated more than $500 million at the domestic box office with five films and billions of dollars more from television series such as “Smallville,” toys and games, and 74 years' worth of comic books.
July 5, 2006 |
Passing through southern Illinois on their way to Nashville, Diana Brown and her son Colin saw the signs pointing the way to this town's Superman Square and its colorful bronze statue of the Man of Steel. Thanks to the media buildup for "Superman Returns," Clark Kent's alter ego was already on Brown's mind. So last week, mother and son got off the highway and visited this Mayberry-meets-Disney town on the Ohio River. "I wasn't sure what to expect," says Brown, 59, of St. Charles, Ill.
July 21, 2004 |
The Warner Bros. corporate jet was ready three weeks ago to fly from the Burbank airport to Hawaii, then on to Australia. The passenger list was headed by the director who calls himself McG, tapped to turn a long-delayed "Superman" movie into a multiplex reality. To save $30 million from the film's already steep budget, the studio wanted "Superman" shot in Australia. A summer 2006 "Superman" premiere seemed possible.
March 4, 1988 |
Hip Superman fans are not celebrating the Man of Steel's 50th anniversary by renting those glitzy Christopher Reeve movies or those low-grade George Reeves TV shows. What the real Superman freaks are doing is renting those campy, late-'40s Superman movie serials starring Kirk Alyn. Those more closely approximate the bold, B-picture spirit of Superman when he first burst upon the scene. The '50s TV series had some of that spirit too, but there wasn't enough action in the shows.
February 12, 2006 |
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . oh my God, I'm already bored. Superman, strange visitor from the Roosevelt administration, will soon be among us again in a very large and, I'll warrant, very loud movie called "Superman Returns," due in theaters in June. The marketing tsunami is even now approaching the mainland. The movie's trailer is already slacking jaws in cineplexes. The face of actor Brandon Routh, in all its canine beauty, stares out from magazines.