It has stood for decades as one of the biggest injustices in comic book history, campaigns have continued for years, books were written, plays performed and finally this injustice it is about to be corrected.
Writer/artist/designer Bill Finger’s contribution to the creation of Batman and his mythos, including the characters of Robin, Catwoman and the Joker, as well as the alternate identity of Bruce Wayne and the Gotham City/Batcave settings are finally to be acknowledged.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Entertainment will now be giving Finger official credit for his work in film and television projects based on his creations, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the TV show Gotham.
Finger, who was also involved in co-creating Green Lantern, passed away in 1974. Due to a contract Bob Kane signed with DC Comics in 1939 which gave him sole official credit for the character (and all the money), Finger’s involvement went unknown to the general public until Kane acknowledged him in a 1989 autobiography. In the years since, DC Comics has begun crediting Finger in the comics and reprints, and now the screen work will reflect that as well.
Here is the official press release:
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.”