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  • Obviously there's Bruce Thomas Wayne/Batman called only Bruce Wayne or Batman on screen. He made his first appearance in "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939) by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane.

    Richard John "Dick" Grayson/Robin, called only Dick Grayson or Robin on screen. He made his first appearance in "Robin the Boy Wonder" from Detective Comics #38 (April 1940) by writer Bill Finger, artist Bob Kane and illustrator Jerry Robinson.

    Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth, called only Alfred on screen, whom in his first appearances was called Alfred Beagle and first appeared in "Here Comes Alfred" from Batman #16 (April-May 1943) by writer Donald Clough Cameron and artist Bob Kane. The characters was later reintroduced as Alfred Pennyworth (complete with different appearance) in comics continuity by writer Bill Finger and artist Jerry Robinson.

    Commissioner James Worthington Gordon. Sr, called Commissioner Gordon on screen. Just like Batman he made his first appearance in "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939) by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane.

    Police Chief Miles Clancy O'Hera was first created for the series that the film is based on before being adapted for the comics.

    Harriet Cooper (Dick Grayson's Aunt), sometimes called Aunt Harriet or Mrs Cooper on screen. She made her first appearance in Detective Comics #328 (June 1964) by writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff.

    The Joker made his first appearance in "The Joker" from Batman #1 (Spring 1940) by writer Bill Finger, artist Bob Kane from a concept by illustrator Jerry Robinson.

    Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/The Penguin, known only as Penguin on screen. He made his fist appearance in "One of the Most Perfect Frame-Ups" from Detective Comics #58 (December, 1941) by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane.

    Edward Nigma/The Riddler, known only as Riddler on screen. He made his first appearance in "The Riddler" from Detective Comics #140 (October 1948) by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang.

    Selina Kyle/Catwoman, known only as The Catwoman on screen. In her first appearance she was called "The Cat" and appeared in a story of the same name in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • After the success of Superhero Superman artist Bob Kane tried to come with his own hero "The Bat-Man" he then asked for writer Bill Finger's assistance on the project. Finger rejected several of Kane's initial ideas about the character and suggested several changes in design and characterization. He came up with a civilian identity for the character as "Bruce Wayne", which Finger named after Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and general Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne.

    Kane marketed the "Batman" character to National Comics, and Batman's first story was published in "Detective Comics" #27 (May 1939). The script was written by an uncredited Finger, making him the first of many ghost writers to work on comics officially credited to Bob Kane. When Kane negotiated a contract about selling the rights to the "Batman" character, he claimed he was the sole creator of the character and demanded a sole mandatory byline on all Batman comics and adaptations thereof, acknowledging him as the creator. Finger's work on the character was not acknowledged.

    However In 1989, after the popularity of Tim Burton's Batman (1989), Kane acknowledged Finger as "a contributing force" in the character's creation, and wrote, "Now that my long-time friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. He was an unsung hero ... I often tell my wife, if I could go back fifteen years, before he died, I would like to say. 'I'll put your name on it now. You deserve it.'"

    Comics historian Ron Goulart has referred to Batman as the "creation of artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger". Finger was later used as the subject of the Hulu original documentary, Batman & Bill (2017).

    In September 2015, DC Entertainment announced Finger would receive credit on the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and the second season of Gotham (2014), following a deal between the Finger family and DC. The updated acknowledgement for the character appeared as "Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger". Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Batman, a character created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. Edit (Coming Soon)

  • Gotham City is a fictional U.S. port city located on the north-eastern Atlantic coast. It was originally a stand-in for New York City, but has also resembled other crime-ridden urban centers such as Chicago and Detroit. Some sources, including Mayfair Games' authorized (but now out-of-print) Atlas of the DC Universe, have placed Gotham City in the state of New Jersey. Christopher Nolan's (director of the The Dark Knight movie trilogy) Gotham City is located in the middle of the estuary of the Liberty River, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The river separates most of Gotham from the mainland. The River Merchant divides Uptown from Midtown, while Midtown is separated from Downtown by the Gotham River. The Narrows is a small island in the Gotham River. A creek divides the district of South Hinkley from the rest of Gotham City. Gotham International Airport is in Pettsburg, to the north of the Liberty River estuary. The current DC Universe version of Gotham City is separated from the mainland by the Gotham River, bridged by a series of bridges and tunnels. The east and south sides of Gotham face the Atlantic Ocean. The city is further divided by the Sprang River (named for Dick Sprang) on the northern end and the Finger River (for Bill Finger) to the south. Tiny Blackgate Isle to the south-east is home to Blackgate Maximum Security Penitentiary. (Blackgate is replaced by Stonegate Penitentiary in Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and its spin-offs.) Edit (Coming Soon)

  • No. The producers originally planned to do the movie first, both to help launch the series and because the larger budget for a movie would allow them to build the numerous vehicles, such as the Batmobile, Batcopter, Batboat, and Batcycle. However, in late 1965 ABC asked the producers to have the series ready to debut the following January (rather than September,) so plans for the film were scrapped to focus on the series. After the tremendous success of the first season, the producers decided to make the film after all to cash in on the show's popularity and to build the Batcopter, Batboat, and a new Batcycle (an early version was used late in the first season.) Edit (Coming Soon)


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