Copyright problems for "Hollywoodland"by Mario Azzopardi
Monday, 08 January, 2007
One of the films released this week, is the mystery thriller "Hollywoodland". Adrien Brody plays a detective who examines the mysterious death of actor George Reeves, TV's Superman in the fifties. Ben Affleck, winner of best actor award at last year's Venice Film Festival, plays Reeves.
The film, unceremoniously met several copyright difficulties. Warner Bros., who own the TV rights, refused to grant permission for the use of the actual TV opening credits.
DC Comics, who own the rights to the Superman character, refused to allow the Superman "S" insignia in any of the trailers or promotional material of the film, but allowed it to be in the actual movie!