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 18, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before mourning the demise of Newsweek. The Skinny: Since Major League Baseball called a game for rain without a drop in the sky, I'm declaring today a snow day. Go back to bed! Thursday's headlines include Warner Bros.' big win in its legal battle over the rights to Superman, a look at all the Jeff Zucker-CNN speculation, and Dish and Cablevision may be near a settlement. Daily Dose: CNN founder Ted Turner went on CBS' morning show Thursday and said he'd prefer "a little less fluff" on the cable news channel.
October 18, 2012 |
DC Comics' superheroes can finally team up on the big screen following yesterday's legal victory for Warner Bros. in its long-running fight over the rights to Superman. The studio is expected to accelerate development of a planned "Justice League" movie that would join Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and other characters, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Warner hopes to shoot the film next year and release it in the summer of 2015.
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.
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.