Longtime Batman fans will be pleased to know that one of the franchise's most important writers will finally get the credit he deserves. DC Entertainment announced today that Bill Finger will be credited for his contributions to the Batman franchise in the upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and in Season 2 of Fox's Gotham. Here's what DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson had to say in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"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. As part of our acknowledgement of those contributions, 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."
Bob Kane has always received sole credit for creating the Batman character, as part of the original deal he signed with DC back in 1939. However, Bob Kane admitted in his 1989 autobiography Batman and Me that Bill Finger never got enough credit for his contributions. It was Bill Finger who convinced Bob Kane to change his original concept of Birdman to Batman, swapping out feathered wings for a cape and cowl.
Bill Finger also came up with the name of Batman's hometown, Gotham City, and created the name of his alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. He also co-created a number of the comic's iconic villains such as Catwoman, The Penguin, The Scarecrow, Clayface, Dr. Hugo Strange, Salvatore Vincent "The Boss" Maroni, Dick Grayson/Robin, James Gordon, Vicki Vale, along with concept of the Batmobile. Bill Finger passed away in 1974 at the age of 59.
This movement to award posthumous credit to Bill Finger started with Marc Tyler Nobleman's 2012 biograrphy Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. In honor of Batman's 75th Anniversary last year, DC gave Bill Finger cover credit on a re-release of the very first Batman comic. Are you glad that Bill Finger is finally getting the credit he deserves? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Gotham.