Bob Kane created Batman. We know this because we’ve seen his name in the ‘Created By’ credit for more than 70 years now.
Bill Finger is the person who, among other things, came up with the idea of the Bat logo on the chest. And wearing a cowl instead of a domino mask. And Bruce Wayne. And Gotham City. And the Joker. And the blue and black color scheme. And ‘the Dark Knight’.
All of which begs the question…
HOW IN THE BLUE HELL IS BILL FINGER ONLY RECENTLY GETTING HIS DUE?!?
The Hulu documentary ‘Batman and Bill’ is the most comprehensive single piece that tries to rectify this creative wrong. The short version of this story is classic Hollywood: Bob Kane was connected to the publishers and personality wise much more driven by celebrity and public validation. Bill Finger (as the second paragraph alone illustrates) was more the ‘creative genius’ type, more interested in craft and ideas than notoriety.
Marc Tyler Nobleman is pun intended, the hero this story deserves. I won’t ruin all the details of the journey for you; I will warn you that on a human level that has nothing to do with comics, you’ll feel a level of pity, disgust, and contempt at how the lives of Bill Finger and Bob Kane played out as Batman became one of the most iconic characters in the world. Thankfully, ‘Batman and Bill’ ends on a happy note. With a level of sarcasm, I’ll say it ends with one of the best parts of ‘Batman v Superman’…
The hardcore fans will find it; if you like documentaries and ‘behind the scenes’ stories, it’s excellent in that regard as well.