When Batman was created in the 1930’s Bob Kane’s vision was much different from the Caped Crusader we now know and love, many fans are aware that Bill Finger (co-creator of Green Lantern) actually helped to mold the character into the Dark Knight and gave him his overall history. However, when it came time to transfer the rights to a different medium Bob Kane was the sole creator presented and although Bill Finger rightfully helped to create the character he was never given his due, except from fans. Before his death Bob Kane did say he regrets not giving his late friend the credit he deserved but legal documents prevented a change.
Now it seems DC Entertainment have decided to finally give Bill Finger the credit he deserves, The Hollywood Reporter gave the Exclusive announcement earlier today and the first two projects that will feature the credit will be both Gotham and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Furthermore any film or show with the character will also feature a Bill Finger credit.
Bill Finger as also the co-creator Batman villains such as Catwoman and The Joker as well as Robin, so hopefully we’ll see his name in the Suicide Squad film alongside Jerry Robinson, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm(Co-Creators of both Joker and Harley Quinn).
The DC Entertainment statement, released exclusively to THR, reads:
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.”
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