We've covered the plight of comic-book writer Bill Finger many times here at Blastr, and most of the time it seems to be for naught. Finger is, now famously among comics fans and professionals, the co-creator of Batman, who developed key character concepts with artist Bob Kane and went on to create or co-create essential Bat-elements like Gotham City, Robin, Catwoman, Two-Face and more. Unfortunately, due to Kane's contract, he was credited as Batman's sole creator, and remains so to this day.
A cover credit for Bill Finger on last year's Detective Comics #27 anniversary re-issue was a little progress, but only a little, and the fight went on. Numerous nerd voices (including yours truly) have been talking for years about the importance of finding a way to honor Finger's contributions as the co-creator of Batman. Now Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are taking a big step in the right direction. In a statement today, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson announced that Finger will receive credit on the upcoming second season of Gotham and on next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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."
It's not clear yet just how Finger will be credited, or how his credit will be placed in relation to Kane's, but this is a huge step. For years DC wasn't even acknowledging that this was something they'd even attempt, and now Bill Finger's name is going to be on one of 2016's biggest films. Now if we can just get his name on all of the comics, too.