A US judge has awarded the family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel even more rights to Siegel's most successful and enduring creation, a deliberation that could well have implications on any new Superman movie. According to Variety, the family has "successfully recaptured" rights to additional works, including the first two weeks of the daily Superman newspaper comic-strips, as well as portions of early Action Comics and Superman comic books. All of which means the Siegels now control depictions of Superman's origins on Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as an infant and the launching of Kal-El into space.
In 2013, the estates of Siegel and co-creator Jerry Schuster will own the copyright to Action Comics No.1 which, says Variety, will give them the chance to set up Superman movies, TV series and other projects at other studios.
In other comic book-related news, The Usual Suspects' Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to write the Wolverine sequel. Thereby increasing the chances I'll actually see this one.