Superman heirs win back a few more rights

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Warner Brothers and DC Comics have lost a little more control over the Man of Steel, Variety reported:

In an ongoing federal court battle over Superman, Judge Stephen Larson ruled Wednesday that the family of the superhero's co-creator, Jerry Siegel, has "successfully recaptured" rights to additional works, including the first two weeks of the daily Superman newspaper comic-strips, as well as portions of early Action Comics and Superman comic books. ...
This means the Siegels—repped by Marc Toberoff of Toberoff & Associates—now control depictions of Superman's origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lara, 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 real issue remains how much Warner Brothers and DC Comics owe the Siegels from profits they've collected from Superman since 1999, when the heirs' recapture of Siegel's copyright became effective.

DC still retains rights to other elements of the mythology, such as Superman's ability to fly, the term kryptonite, the Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen characters, Superman's powers and expanded origins.