Warner Bros. has won a legal battle against Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel over the Superboy licence.
The company, which owns DC Comics, now has the rights to produce a Superboy movie, reports Deadline.
Siegel claims he originally pitched the idea of a "comic concerning the exploits of Superman as a young man" to DC in 1938. DC rejected the pitch but printed a short Superboy story a few years later, which Siegel claims was done so without his permission.
"The Court holds that the 2001 settlement agreement between DC and the Siegels re-granted the Siegels’ Superman, Superboy, and a Superman advertisement that ran in the 1930s to DC in return for substantial advances and royalties,” said Judge Otis Wright III.
"The remainder of defendants’ motion is therefore granted and this litigation of superhero proportions now draws to a close."
Wartner and The Siegel Estate have conducted various deals and been in and out of court over the years.
Over the past year, DC has received a series of rulings giving it the rights to Superman and now Superboy.
Warner’s focus, of course, is now on the Superman movie Man of Steel which is due to hit cinemas this summer.
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