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Superman’s Origin Story Awarded To Co-Creator’s Estate

The family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel has won another legal battle against the Man of Steel’s would-be rights holders at Warner Bros. and DC Comics.

A federal court ruled Wednesday that the Siegels have recaptured rights to elements of the Superman character, including Superman’s origin story, which were deemed not to be made as “works-made-for-hire” under the Copyright Act.

Here’s what this latest development means to you, gentle reader, as according to Variety:

The Siegels “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.”

Superman other creator, Joe Shuster, has also been awarded a similar ruling, meaning that come 2013, the team will own the complete rights to Superman’s first appearance in “Action Comics” #1, effectively affording them the opportunity to do as they please with the character.

But don’t worry, DC still owns Superman’s “ability to fly, the term kryptonite, the Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen characters, Superman’s powers and expanded origins,” among other things.

There’s a lot more to these complicated rulings, but for everyone’s sake (it’s Friday afternoon, ya dig?) just stare at this picture of Composite Superman and imagine his Superman half belongs to DC and his Batman half is the part of the character that the Siegels and Schuster will soon control. The green skin stands for money, obviously.

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