June 26, 2002: Warner Bros. Sued Over Superman DVDs - Update!
If you haven't bought your copy of the special edition of "Superman: The Movie" on DVD, then you better make it quick... just in case! Here's an expanded report on the story published by Hollywood Reporter as noted in yesterday's news update...
Warner Bros. sued over 'Superman' DVDs
By GARY GENTILE, AP Business Writer
LOS ANGELES - Superman may be invulnerable, but the studio that last year released an enhanced DVD of the 1978 movie about the superhero is having its own problems.
A British firm that claims it owns the copyrights to the three "Superman" movies and a documentary on the making of the first film sued Warner Bros. this week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Pueblo Film Licensing Ltd. claims the studio violated its copyright by using protected material in the DVD and a theatrical version of the first movie released last year.
A Warner Bros. spokesman said the company has not yet seen the lawsuit and does not comment on pending litigation.
The lawsuit claims Pueblo acquired the copyrights from producer Alexander Salkind, whose agreement with Warner Bros. included a promise by the studio not to cut or re-edit his films in any way.
A further agreement barred Warner Bros. from rereleasing the "Superman III" film in any new medium, such as DVD, without consent, the suit said.
In 2001, Warner released DVD versions of all three films, including a longer version of the first film that included unused footage. The movie was released with the title, "Superman: The Movie, Expanded Edition."
The DVD also includes screen tests, extra scenes and other material Pueblo claims was used without permission.
Pueblo is asking that Warner Bros. recall all copies of the DVD and disgorge profits made from its sale.
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2002 Movie News
Listed below are all the Movie News items archived for 2002 organized into 4 categories:
Superman and Batman vs Superman Movie News:
January 6, 2002: New Superman Movie News!
February 12, 2002: Superman Movies on WB's 2003 Schedule
February 15, 2002: Variety Confirms McG as Superman Movie Director
February 25, 2002: Superman Movie Petition
March 13, 2002: Will an Angel Become the Next Superman?
March 24, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
April 4, 2002: Entertainment Weekly on New Superman Movie
April 17, 2002: J.J. Abrams Talks New Superman Movie
April 18, 2002: Brendan Fraser as Superman?
April 27, 2002: Comic Book Movies Article in USA Today
May 9, 2002: Superman to Return to Pinewood Studios?
May 19, 2002: TIME Magazine on Super-Heroes
June 25, 2002: Batman vs Superman Rumor
July 2, 2002: Superman and Batman Movie Coming 2004?
July 9, 2002: Details on Batman vs Superman Movie
July 9, 2002: More on the Batman vs Superman Movie
July 13, 2002: Peterson's Hints on Batman vs Superman
July 24, 2002: Batman vs Superman Movie Castings???
July 25, 2002: Warner Bros. Shoots Down Casting Rumors
July 31, 2002: TVGuide Poll: Superman vs Batman - RESULTS!
August 6, 2002: Casting and Timing Rumors on Superman Movies
August 13, 2002: Batman vs Superman Movie On Hold!
August 19, 2002: JJ Abrams Superman Script... Really Good!
August 19, 2002: The Death of the Super-Hero Film Franchise ... Again!
August 26, 2002: Latest Superman Movie Rumors
September 2, 2002: Information on the New Superman Movie Script
September 12, 2002: McG Talks Superman Movie
September 14, 2002: Confusion Over Director of New Superman Movie!
September 14, 2002: Keanu Reeves as Superman?
September 18, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks Superman Movie
September 23, 2002: A Review of the New Superman Movie Script ???
September 24, 2002: Superman Movie-Making Fiasco
September 26, 2002: Superman Movie Press Release
September 28, 2002: Superman Script Review Has Warner Bros. Fuming
September 29, 2002: JJ Abrams on AICN Superman Script Review
September 30, 2002: Hopkins Talks Superman Movie
October 5, 2002: More From Brett Ratner on Superman
October 10, 2002: EW's Selections for Superman
October 21, 2002: Brett Ratner Talks More on Superman
October 22, 2002: Ratner Discusses Plans for Superman
October 22, 2002: Ratner and Hopkins Talk Superman
October 24, 2002: Crew Rumors on New Superman Movie
October 27, 2002: Dini Denies Superman Movie Involvement
November 8, 2002: Comic Creators on new Superman Movie
November 11, 2002: Another Superman Movie Review
December 5, 2002: Spinotti - Director of Photography on Superman
December 10, 2002: Charlie Sheen as Lex Luthor?
December 14, 2002: WB President Talks Superman Movies
December 14, 2002: Charlie Sheen Rumor Shot Down
December 31, 2002: British Actor as Superman?
Christopher Reeve Movie News:
George Reeves Movie News:
Wonder Twins Movie News:
- January 30, 2002: Sarah Douglas at a Convention Near You!
- February 12, 2002: Reeve and Kidder to Present Award to Richard Donner
- February 19, 2002: Superman: The Movie on Encore
- March 5, 2002: Region 2 Special Edition Superman DVD Released!
- March 6, 2002: Special Edition Superman on Sci-Fi Channel
- March 14, 2002: Wish Jack O'Halloran a Happy Birthday!
- May 8, 2002: The Never-Made Superman Movie
- June 25, 2002: Warner Bros. Sued Over Superman: The Movie DVD
- June 26, 2002: Warner Bros. Sued Over Superman DVDs - Update!
- July 4, 2002: Superman: The Movie on the Big Screen in Ohio
- July 24, 2002: Superman Movie Items Up For Auction
- August 7, 2002: Superman Movie Items Sold at Auction
- August 28, 2002: Kidder in Crash
- September 10, 2002: Christopher Reeve Recovering!
- September 14, 2002: Wish Christopher Reeve a Happy Birthday!
- September 22, 2002: Christopher Reeve on Larry King Live
- October 3, 2002: Superman Movie Memorabilia on Auction
- October 5, 2002: Superman II on TV in Australia
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