The Superman Lawsuit – The Outcome
It's over, Variety is reporting that case of who owns Superman is done and both parties seem to be walking away with something. So here's the breakdown of what the Siegel's and Shusters won and what DC managed to keep. Also it's very interesting that this whole relaunch business is happening around the same time. Smart move on DC's part to change up the entire Universe after losing part of the lawsuit.
The Siegel and Shusters families own the following:
Recaptured the rights to the first two weeks of the daily Superman newspaper comic strips, as well as portions of early Action Comics and Superman comic-books.
- They now control depictions of Superman's origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as the infant Kal-El, the launching of the infant Superman into space by his parents as Krypton explodes and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash.
- The Superman character, including his costume, his alter-ego as reporter Clark Kent, the feisty reporter Lois Lane, their jobs at the Daily Planet newspaper working for a gruff editor, and the love triangle among Clark/Superman and Lois.
What does Warner Brothers get:
- Superman's ability to fly, the term kryptonite, the Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen characters, Superman's powers and expanded origins.
Yeah, not a lot. But they can keep on using big blue and don't have to pay the family extra for the above items. It's safe to say the Supe's is going to have a very different origin. All of this helps expalin why his costume is so different in the relaunch as well. Thank fully this is all said and done and now the families can get back to working with DC and Warner Brothers rather than letting their lawyer drive a wedge between them.Source Cosmic Book News