This isn't the first time we've written about this subject, but it looks like it might be the last. In the ongoing copyright battle over DC's super-powered Kryptonian, Superman, Warner Bros. has just been handed a huge win over co-creator Jerry Siegel's estate.
The main thrust of the ongoing dispute was with regard to a supposed 2001 deal wherein Warner Bros. had already reached a financial agreement with Siegel's estate. While lower courts had previously denied such claims, the 9th Circuit's latest decision admonished that ruling.
So where does that leave us? Well, the case was already in appeals, so it seems to be, for the most part, over. Warner Bros. will pay out the sum they had originally agreed to for long-term rights of the Superman property, and the Siegel estate will have to take that money and do with it as they will.
The only real ongoing case is with regard to Siegel attorney Marc Toberoff, who Warner Bros. insists was the real villain in this whole affair. He, allegedly, gave false hope to the families of both creators despite his knowing the unlikely chance they could retain rights to Superman. Why? Money, of course. The case stays open, Toberoff keeps collecting his fee.
Considering that we were only talking about the appeal on this case last month, we'd have to say the turnaround was faster than a speeding bullet. The reason for the faster-than-a-locomotive resolution? If you ask us, it's a little something that rhymes with "Stan of Meel."