‘Dawn of justice’ for Batman co-creator Bill Finger
If you ask the casual comics fan ‘who created Batman?’, they’d probably answer you with a single name; Bob Kane.
This is the answer that Warner Bros has been propagating with every Batman film and show that they have released to date, with their ‘character created by’ credit going solely to Kane, who was one of the creators of the caped crusader back in 1939.
But notice how we said ‘one of the creators’, and not the creator?
That’s because we not-so-casual comics fans have been rubbed up the wrong way by the injustice of Batman co-creator Bill Finger not being acknowledged in the credits so far.
Finger has been widely regarded in the comics world as an equal – if not the primary – creator of the Batman character, who has only been posthumously acknowledged for his immeasurable contributions to the DC universe (Finger also wrote many of the original 1940s Green Lantern stories, after co-creating the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, with Martin Nodell).
Finally, Finger is about to be given the credit he deserves.
Warner Bros has now released a statement acknowledging that Bill Finger “was instrumental in developing many of the key creative elements that enrich the Batman universe” – most notably the names of Bruce Wayne and Gotham City, and characters such as Catwoman and The Joker.
In Warner Bros / DC’s upcoming projects, beginning with Season 2 of Gotham and Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Finger will finally be given some justice of his own, as he will be listed as the co-creator of Batman along with Bob Kane. Finger will also be given his co-creator credit on future Green Lantern projects, although hopefully there won’t be any more of those..