FX has bought the cable TV rights to Superman Returns six months in advance of its June 30 theatrical premiere, reports Variety.
The network has agreed to pay Warner Bros. Domestic Cable about 12% of the eventual domestic gross, with a cap at between $17 million and $25 million, depending on the contract’s length of term and on whether Warner finds another buyer to share the window with FX.
The channel gets the first burst of “Superman” runs in its TV premiere early in 2009.
FX previously bought rights to Spider-Man 2, Batman Begins, Fantastic Four and X2: X-Men United.
Superman Returns will appear on HBO next year in the exclusive pay TV window as part of HBO’s output deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.