The fight to get Bill Finger the credit he deserves has moved to television.
Earlier this year, Finger biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman spearheaded a campaign to honor Finger on what would have been his 100th birthday with a Google Doodle. That campaign apparently didn't spark enough interest from Google, but it did help to reignite public interest in Finger, who was responsible for many of the most iconic elements of the Batman mythos but has never been officially credited alongside Bob Kane due to the terms of Kane's contract with DC Comics.
Interest in Finger and his lack of credit flared once again last week, when Finger's granddaughter Athena responded to claims that DC was "all good" with the Finger family by saying she was looking into what actions she can take to get Finger the credit he's deserved for 75 years.
"Due to what I feel is continued mistreatment of a true artist, I am currently exploring our rights and considering how best to establish the recognition that my grandfather deserves," she said.
Last week also brought with it the news that Fox has given a series order to Gotham, the Batman prequel series that will explore the early careers of Commissioner Jim Gordon and villains like the Penguin and the Riddler. Finger not only co-created the Gordon character, but also came up with the name "Gotham City," so we literally wouldn't have a show with this title without his work. With that in mind, a Facebook page has been launched as part of a movement to get Finger's name in the Gotham credits. An early post on the page pretty much sums up the mission:
"THIS is where we show the world that fans know who created Batman and that we call upon DC Comics to negotiate with the Kane estate to make things right. It's in DC's own best interests because the ongoing situation makes them look bad whether that's fair to them or not."
The page has attracted more than 1,000 likes in just a few days, and though it's not clear if anyone at DC Comics or Warner Bros. is listening yet, word is rapidly spreading all over the Internet. Public interest in Finger's misfortune is building again, and as we get set for both a new Batman-based TV series and a new Batman on the big screen, it seems like a good time to once again push for Finger's long-overdue recognition. If you want to join the campaign to get Finger credit, or just keep tabs on it, head over to the page and give it a Like.