The legal battles between Warner Bros/DC and the heirs of Jerry Siegel has been blamed for causing delays to a further Superman film.
Earlier this week, the head of Warner's new DC Entertainment unit said there were no current plans for another Superman movie.
It's now reported that Warner Bros has admitted that ongoing litigation has stopped any attempts to get Superman back on the big screen.
According to fansite Superman Homepage, Warner Bros senior vice president of corporate communications Scott Rowe has said in an email: "Superman is an important member of our family, but because of ongoing litigation we cannot announce any concrete plans at this time.
"That said, at some point in the future, you're likely to see a new Superman. So... have no fear."
Warner Bros has been locked in a protracted legal dispute over rights with the heirs of the character's co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The studio faces a lawsuit from the Siegel estate if it does not begin production on another film by 2011.
In 2013, all rights revert to the heirs, which means Warners would subsequently need their permission to proceed with another film. It also means the heirs could take the character to another studio.
Are Warner Bros. therefore headed for more legal action if no Superman movie plans are made by 2011? We'll just have to wait and see.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Source: The Geek Files