Batman & Bill (2017)
Director: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce
Stars: Marc Tyler Nobleman, Bill Finger, Fred Finger, Portia Finger, Thomas Andrae, Jerry Bails, Otto Binder,
Athena Finger, Judy Flam, Stacey C. Friends, Carmine Infantino, Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, Daniela Nobleman and Bob Kane.
For decades one of the biggest “secrets” that insiders knew was that Bob Kane wasn’t the sole creator of Batman. Despite this knowledge, every appearance of The Dark Knight contained the credit “Created by Bob Kane”. The truth of the matter is Bill Finger was the creator of Batman’s costume, Robin, Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler, Commissioner Gordan, the Batcave, Gotham City and more. Yet Bill Finger received no credit or compensation while Bob Kane got rich and famous.
Batman & Bill is the story of one man’s quest to right this wrong. Despite overwhelming odds justice finally prevailed. This is that story.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)
Although the general public didn’t know about Bill Finger, it wasn’t a secret among comic book professionals and many fans. Bob Kane for years claimed he was the sole creator of Batman. The publishers of Batman and all its spinoffs knew differently. It wasn’t until after Bill Finger’s death that Kane started to give Finger some credit. Still, Kane was the only one listed on any Batman comic, movie or merchandise.
When Marc Tyler Nobleman learned of this injustice, he made it his life’s mission to right that wrong. He had nothing to gain, but like a true superhero wanted justice to be served. And it finally was.
Batman & Bill (2017) rates 4 of 5 stars.