September 05, 2011

Legalities of the Reboot

Brian Wang at Next Big Future has an interesting post on some of the legal reasons behind the Superman Costume changes that are part of the upcoming DC Reboot.


Art by Rags Morales
It looks to be at least in part a legal gambit to deny the Siegel and Schuster estates ownership of the properties.

Most interesting to me is this bit from Brian Wang:
The interpretations also seem to be that the Siegel and Shuster families will be able to start developing movies and other projects with the portions of copyright that they control starting in 2013.

Their version of Superman would seem to be legally restricted from developing the powers of flight. They would be forced to stay at the power levels of Action #1 and the first two weeks of strips. Although both parties would be free to create new works based on these separate versions. I think it would be perfectly possible the 1938 Superman to be made very interesting and vibrant franchise.


This could actually be interesting.

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