In one of the more frustrating stories in comic book history, Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman and the one who by all accounts did the lion’s share of the work, has never been able to receive credit for his contributions to lore thanks to Bob Kane’s manipulation of his contract. On anything Batman related, the sole credit read “Batman Created by Bob Kane.”
Now, after 76 years, that seems to be changing. The Hollywood Reporter received the following statement:
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.”
This is huge news, considering it’s something fans and creators both have wanted for years, but nothing could seemingly be done. I’ll let the article speak for itself and just join others in celebrating this momentous news.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter