Batman co-creator, Bill Finger, will finally be receiving credit from DC Entertainment.
Writer Bill Finger played a substantial role in creating Batman, as well as many well known Batman villains. However, despite having written the first Batman comic script, Detective Comics #27, Finger’s name has been conspicuously absent from the credits on almost all new Batman works and adaptations. Since 1939, the sole credit has gone to Bob Kane, after he signed a deal with DC Comics relinquishing ownership of the character.
At last, however, Bill Finger’s contribution are finally getting officially recognized. DC Entertainment recently released a statement announcing that Finger will be receiving a credit on the upcoming Batman vs Superman film, as well as future episodes of the TV series Gotham.
‘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.’
No word yet on whether Finger will also be getting a credit on any future DC Comics Batman titles.