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Superman heirs lose court fight

DC Comics will retain its rights to Superman after a judge ruled that the heirs of one of the superhero's co-creators signed away their ability to reclaim copyrights roughly 20 years ago.

The ruling means that DC Comics and its owner Warner Bros can continue using the character in books, films, television and other media, including the film reboot planned for next year.

Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel created Superman, who made his comic book debut in 1938 in Action Comics No.1.

Both men battled for increased compensation throughout their lives.