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A Shift in SUPERMAN Rights

Plus: WOLVERINE, CRIMINAL MACABRE and SMALLVILLE

By Rob M. Worley     August 14, 2009

The Siegels win a 'Superman' victory in court. Plus: McQuarrie to pen 'Wolverine 2'. 'Criminal Macabre' at Universal. 'Smallville' episode info. Voting itself out of the Big Brother house, it's your Comics2Film 9.8.14!

 

 

More SMALLVILLE Episode Titles Revealed

KryptonSite has posted the episode titles for three November-airing episodes of The CW's 'Smallville' onto their Spoilers Page. Click through if you want to know the future.

 

 

CRIMINAL MACABRE Goes to Uni

Steven Niles' pulp detective meets creature-feature concept 'Criminal Macabre' has gone from MGM to Universal, according to Variety. The comic, featuring Niles gumshoe Cal MacDonald is published by Dark Horse, who has a development deal with Uni.

Screenwriter Kyle Ward is writing the script. Dark Horse's Mike Richardson is producing along with Neal Moritz and his Original Film shingle.

The movie had percolated at MGM for years and even had actor Thomas Jane attached to star. On the comic side, the model for Cal MacDonald even began to strongly resemble Jane, especially as seen on the Tim Bradstreet covers for the book.

 

 

McQuarrie takes on WOLVERINE

Some time Bryan Singer collaborator Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to write the script for the sequel to 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', according to Variety.

Fans know McQuarrie's work from 'The Usual Suspects', 'Valkyrie' and 'The Way of the Gun'. He also did uncredited work on the first 'X-Men' film.

As leading man and producer Hugh Jackman has said frequently in the past few months, McQuarrie's script will focus on Logan's Japan period, and the development of his Samurai code of ethics.

The article says the director of the movie is undetermined at this point.

 

 

A SUPERMAN Victory for The Siegels

In one of the most interesting intellectual property cases in history, the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel have won a significant courtroom victory in their struggle to regain the rights to the most iconic superhero of all time.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Judge Stephen Larson issued a 92-page ruling on Wednesday finding that the Siegel family was entitled to certain key rights with regards to the character.

Specifically, THR reports that the Siegels have regained control of "those first two weeks of daily strips as well as key sections of early Action Comics and Superman comics. This means that the Siegels, repped by Warners' nemesis Marc Toberoff, now control depictions of Superman's origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as an infant, the launching of the baby Superman into space and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash."

In other words, any stories that deal with Superman's origins, the planet Krypton or his parents are now in the domain of the Siegels. So look for DC Comics stories dealing with Superman's origins to be muted for a time.

For the moment, Warner and DC still retain other parts of the Superman mythology, such as Lex Luthor, the character's ability to fly and even Kryptonite.

Siegel attorney Marc Toberoff has previously vowed that the Siegels would obtain full rights to the character in 2013, although it remains to be seen if that will actually transpire or not.

We highly doubt that DC Comics will ultimately stop publishing Superman comics. A more likely scenario would be some deal making between the Siegels and Warner Bros. that would allow the studio to keep making movies and allow the comics publisher to keep making comics.

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Matador 8/14/2009 6:55:22 AM

For Superman they could always trade or sell there star player to Marvel and say that Galactus ate my planet type of deal.

trollman 8/14/2009 7:01:55 AM

It's not as if the WB has managed to make any positive and significant contribution to the SUPERMAN mythos.  the first 2 movies were good back in the day.  Superman Returns was just an ok restart, the casting of everyone except Lois was GREAT. Kevin Spacey as Lex!!! The FX were ok too, They need to use a villian that is physically up to the challenge of Superman now.

Maybe if the WB would play nice with the creators of Supes they could come up with some good superhero flix that are worthy of the iconic hero.

I know it's not "HOLLYWOOD" to share the rights, but all this court battle does ruin the property.

hanso 8/14/2009 7:02:27 AM

FOX's notes on the Mcquirre script:

"The Usual Suspects was an awesome awesome movie but that was sooooo 15 years ago. We want to know WTF is this shit! you just handed to us? Look don't waste time with character development or story. Trust us, no one cares about that crap. $363M world wide don't lie ok. Whatchu need to do is insert more random mutants in this script you fool. We got toys to sell and childhoods to rape. Love...FOX."
 

hanso 8/14/2009 7:04:46 AM

Well at least we know we won't have to sit through another origin story when WB reboots Superman.

Hobbs 8/14/2009 7:08:38 AM

I thought the FX sucked in SR.  The rubbery looking Superman flying around....never bought into it.

It makes you wonder WTF they spent the 200 mil on when they made the movie with no high priced actors. 

 

Flint521466 8/14/2009 7:17:50 AM

Couldn't have said it better myself hanso.  Fox just doesn't give a fuck!

dragon261 8/14/2009 7:21:09 AM

If Warners/DC don't get their shit together they're screwed.

Matador 8/14/2009 7:24:23 AM

But we sure give them money to watch shitty movies they make. So if there's blame to give we must blame Uwe Boll I hate his movies....damit.

ponyboy76 8/14/2009 7:42:06 AM

So, ultimately, this is again, all about money. I'm not saying that either of them are wrong or right, but  the Siegels know that DC won't stop suddenly printing Superman comics, so DC/WB will have to pay them a shit load of money. If I was DC and I`m not, but if I was, I'd actually stop issuing Superman comics. They could just kill him off. Then what would the Siegels do? Its not like they could publish their own comics.  Marvel wouldn't buy him.

Matador 8/14/2009 7:46:57 AM

True, they already have the Sentry the schizo superman. Oh well Superman will be forced to go back to the minors.

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