This year marks the 75th anniversary of one of comics most beloved heroes, Batman. I’d venture to guess that you know about Bruce Wayne’s tragic beginnings, the nefarious villains he fights as well as the city he has sworn to protect. Well most of you don’t know the whole story behind the creation of this pop culture icon and there is a fantastic Kickstarter campaign going on right now to change all that. Here is what they have to say about the project on their Kickstarter page:
In 1939, Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27. For 75 years, the world has thrilled to the adventures of this superhero without superpowers, who can be both the fearsome Dark Knight and the daring Caped Crusader. For 75 years, only one creator has received the credit, the by-line, even though there were two. Before he ever signed his first deal to produce Batman stories, official creator Bob Kane already had his secret collaborator, Bill Finger.
Seeing Kane’s initial design, Finger suggested going with darker colors instead of red; a scalloped, bat-like cape instead of unwieldy DaVinci wings; a cowl instead of a domino mask; and a bat-head look to that cowl. Bill Finger named Bruce Wayne, made Batman a detective, created Commissioner Gordon, named their city Gotham, gave Batman a cool car, thought the hero needed a partner, conceived one fantastic villain after another, wrote Batman’s origin, and authored many, many tales before his sudden death just short of his 60th birthday. Under his own name, he wrote the very first Green Lantern story and co-created the superhero Wildcat, but during his lifetime he never became well known for his most influential work, his critical role in creating one of the most famous, most beloved, and most inspiring heroes known by billions throughout this world.
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Bill Finger’s birth, 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance, 50th anniversary of the “New Look” that changed not only Batman’s appearance but the stories themselves, and 25th anniversary of the film Tim Burton directed, the motion picture that proved audiences still welcomed Batman. 2014 is the year to tell some truth.
For his 100th birthday, we’re making a special tribute film to celebrate Bill Finger and to teach the world about him. At the very least, we will produce a short that includes interviews with fans, family, and some of the few surviving pros who knew Bill. A more successful campaign will let us conduct more interviews and produce a more valuable, more powerful tribute.
I can honestly say that Batman, The Caped Crusader, The Dark Knight has been my favorite hero since I was a child. I think it is time that fans get a chance to learn the whole story behind this character that has meant so much to so many for the past 75 years. Head over to the KICKSTARTER PAGE HERE to learn more about the project and various pledge levels.