If you're quite the diligent comic book reader, or a bonafide Batfan, you may already be aware that, despite his name being credited on every single piece of televisual and cinematic Batman IP, Bob Kane wasn't the sole brilliant mind behind the creation of The Dark Knight.
In fact, the creation of the Batman, we've come to know and revere, was partly down to a man named Bill Finger. And THR reported that a few days ago, DC Entertainment dutifully announced that, after a long tussle between his estate and DC, Finger will finally receive the recognition he deserves on film and TV projects based on his creations.
In his 1989 autobiography titled Batman and Me, Kane spoke out about just how influential a role Finger had in the creation of the Bat, writing:
I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved.
When Finger joined Bob Kane's studio back in 1938, he made numerous crucial and seminal additions to the Batman mythos, including the name of the city he watches over, the name of his alter ego Bruce Wayne, the Batcave and Batmobile, characters such as Robin, Catwoman and the Joker, and even the aesthetic properties of the hero such as the famous cape and cowl.
Art by Ty Templeton
Finger even wrote the script for Batman's debut in Detective Comics #27, released May 1939:
In celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary, DC Comics re-released issue 27, and gave Finger cover credit for his stunning work in creating one of the world's greatest fictional heroes. But now they have gone a step even further by agreeing to give props to Finger in the credits of both Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the second season of Gotham.
In a press statement released to THR, DC Entertainment had this to say about about this momentous occasion:
DC Entertainment and the family of Bill Finger are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement that recognizes Mr. Finger’s significant contributions to the Batman family of characters.
"Bill Finger was instrumental in developing many of the key creative elements that enrich the Batman universe, and we look forward to building on our acknowledgement of his significant role in DC Comics’ history," stated Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment.
"As part of our acknowledgement of those contributions," Nelson continued, "we are pleased to confirm today that Bill Finger will be receiving credit in the Warner Bros. television series Gotham beginning later this season, and in the forthcoming motion picture Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)