Shuster heirs take Superman rights battle to Supreme Court

News Simon Brew 1 Jul 2014 - 07:10

The battle for the rights to Superman might not be fully done just yet...

The battle between the heirs to Superman and Warner Bros has not been a particularly pleasant one, and it's perhaps of little surprise that Warner Bros ultimately prevailed, unlocking its plans for Man Of Steel, Justice League and the now-filming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice in the process.

However, it seems as though the heirs to one of Superman's creators, Joe Shuster, are attempting again to win the rights back. As Law360 reports, the Shuster heirs have asked that the US Supreme Court overturn a Ninth Circuit court ruling that Jean Peavy and Frank Shuster - Joe Shuster's children - waived their rights to Superman back in 1992.

The latest chapter in the case is centered on an argument that at the point those rights were supposed to have been waived (in exchange for $600,000 and an annual payment of $25,000 apiece) - are you still following this? - that Jean Peavy and Frank Shuster were in no legal position to do so.

The Shuster estate "filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the high court on June 20, asking the justices to reconsider the appeals court's ruling that a 1992 agreement in which Shuster's siblings allegedly gave up their rights prohibits", reports Law360.

Expect Warner Bros to contest this vigorously. We'll update as we hear more.

Law360.

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