By TitanTempest 28 Comments
Superman, Wildstorm & Milestone Characters
WOW!!! I just got finished reading articles on Ownership and Rights to characters like Superman, and Milestone Characters. Now suddenly Im starting to understand some of the poor decisions DC has made of the past two years. From their choices of changing Superman, not using as many Wildstorm characters and to barely using any MIlestone Characters.
This all stems from DC's loss of partial rights of Superman. That unless settled with the Siegel Heirs, they will lose the use of much of Superman's origin in 2013. Such as his origin from rocketing off of the planet Krypton, Krypton exploding, Smallville, his Parents, Clark Kent identity, and even Lois Lane. So now I can understand the reasons for Ma and Pa Kent being dead if they can no longer use Smallville. The change to the Daily Planet and Superman not being with Lois. Because they can only use these properties until a certain date 2013. After that DC's hands are tied. Superman is becoming a different character in the New 52, and now I can see why. That it is to create and protect a form of Superman in the DC universe.
What got me looking into the Rights of DC characters, was the rumor that DC maybe losing the rights to the Milestone characters. With all the legal trouble they have received from the Siegel Estate, I can understand them not wanting to use other acquired properties such as Milestone and Wildstorm characters. They are trying to protect themselves from future lawsuits, and an unhappy fan base. If they placed a lot of Milestone characters in the DCnU, then they may have rip them all out of the comics at a later date. Causing an uproar among fans. And if they are already losing characters, they dont want to lose fans too.
I am not happy with the Siegel family. They are ripping Superman in half, for their own selfish causes. It was their father who helped create the character NOT THEM, and he was paid for the character. Through their actions, they may have caused a ripple affect that has left the DC universe weaker. Imagine if DC was not scared of lawsuits and could use their characters as they see fit. They have acquired many publisher owned characters over the years. Such as Fawcett (Shazam) , Charlton (Blue Beetle & Question), Milestone (Static & Icon), Wildstorm (Mr. Majestic, & Wild C.A.T.S) , and many more. I know, we as fans always say DC doesnt give Writers the creative control they want. But now I understand that even DC is limited by the law. Until I know more about the rights, I will not complain about DC not using Milestone, Wildstorm or any other characters that DC bought the Rights too. My only hope is that all this legal issues can be resolved and we end up with all the characters we know and love.
(Maybe the Milestone thing is rumor, we can only hope)
(* This Article was also created through the help of fellow ComicVine member "Xybernauts")
Thanks Xyber for the Help