Monday, March 31, 2008

Superman Copyright Split

What does this mean for the future of Man of Steal, Smallville, JLA?
Well not sure yet but it seems that the WB is still a go on most of these projects, and I guess for now things are going to continue but now with the WB having to split profit with the families I think we might see less, and less of Superman in the future at least from the WB's...

Be interesting to have another company take charge, and create a Superman movie of their own!

Can't be any worse then the crapfest the WB has put out... Singerman Returns sucked balls afterall!

Written by Silas Lesnick
Monday, 31 March 2008
Last week, an historical ruling was made that awarded the heir of Superman's co-creator Jerry Siegel half of the original copyright. So what does that mean for DC Comics and Time Warner?

The issue goes back to long-standing discussion as to whether or not comic book
writers and artists are entitled to ownership of their creations or whether, as
the case has generally been for decades, the company itself owns what is
essentially "work for hire". Regardless of a moral standpoint, in most cases the
work for hire issue is pretty clear cut.

In this case, however, there's the little-known fact that Superman actually existed before his appearance in Action Comics number one.  Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster originally created Superman as high-school students in Cleveland. Appearing originally as a bald-headed villain, Superman's evolution into what he is today didn't happen overnight -- part of what makes this case so confusing. By awarding the copyright to Superman
as depicted in his first appearance, there's a whole can of worms as to who is
entitled to what.

A lot of the Superman mythos didn't arrive with the first appearance. Kryptonite, The Daily Planet, Jimmy Olsen and a lot more came much later with the Superman radio show and through non-Siegel and Shuster comic involvement. How that plays out remains to be seen.The legal side is endlessly complicated (otherwise, there'd be no need for such a long courtroom battle) but DC comics' response to a very similar case over the rights to Superboy ended in more or less a suspension of the character after their Infinite Crisis crossover.

Since the end result is inevitably going to be a large settlement with Siegel's widow, it's quite possible that development on Justice League and Man of Steel might be hindered until rights issues pan out and Time Warner is fully aware of exactly how much they're going owe -- an amount to be determined by a jury beginning in May.Throwing in more confusion, the estate of Joe Shuster will mostly likely jump into the fray and -- in the year 2013 -- be able to terminate their own share of Superman. If that passed without settlement, DC would theoretically lose the Superman rights altogether.

Copyright laws are constantly being extended but, bound by current regulations, the Superman copyright will expire altogether in 2033 meaning that if we can just wait 25
years, we'll all be able to publish our very own Superman comics. Until then,
let's hope for an amicable settlement that all parties are happy with.

Comic Book resources has been following the story very closely and has two great articles on the issue,
one dealing with the history of the case and another from a
copyright lawyer's perspective.

Crazy Rumor: Hayden Christensen to Star as Superman in George Miller’s Justice League Mortal

If this is true then I think it's time someone started to fire EVERYONE involved with this movie!

I mean Hayden Christensen is now Superman IN JLA?????????? WTF!??? Someone shoot me!

In the words of Luke when he finds out Vader is his father.... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Brandon Routh sucked but Hayden? Noway man! Hope this isn't true.

MAN The WB doesn't know what the hell they are doing! How about hire this generations Superman in Tom Welling who also happens to be hetero.  If you don't think it's such a bad idea then look at the picture on top!

While Hayden couldn't possibly be any gayer then Routh!!! And he is as bad an actor as Routh!!! He already tarnished Star Wars with his bad acting I wouldn't want him to ruin Superman any further! It's time to bring in this Generations Superman!! TOM WELLING!

If true, thank booze. Cinema Blend says they received an email from a reader who spotted future Flash Adam Brody at a bar in British Columbia. What a tip, eh? There’s more though. Brody, who was allegedly boozing it up with director George Miller, went on to rundown the cast for the newly/oddly titled Justice League Mortal. All of the names for the superhero team were the same names being reported in the press, with one exception: the reader says Brody told her that Jumper’s Hayden Christensen is now Superman. And then Brody apparently signed her napkin.
Bogus? Perhaps. Now, the role is rumored to be filled by relative unknown D.J. Corona, and prior to that, Scott Porter (Music and Lyrics) was also tipped.

Maybe the Blend should request a photo of the napkin (”Dude, that’s Brody’s lightning bolt!”). As the site points out, is the JLMSupes.
cast currently bar hopping up there for the helluva it? But Christensen would also make sense for the troubled Warner Bros. production, which is apparently scouting locations in Canada after being leaving Australia over a tax rebate disagreement. A more recognizable name would draw attention away from the damp buzz. More on this as it develops. And yeah, I agree, Christensen is not an ideal

Discuss: Have you ever run into Adam Brody at a bar? Hayden Christensen did a good nerd journo in Shattered Glass, but he also put many to sleep (permanently?) in those prequels. Thoughts? Is Justice League Mortal a silly title? Should they just go ahead and add Kombat? Have any of our Canadian readers seen Brody recently?