The name Bob Kane has been on everything associated with Batman since the Dark Knight’s creation in 1939. If you watch a Batman movie, read a Batman comic, or engage in anything Batman related, there would be Kane’s name, there to remind you of the one man that’s responsible for so many hours of joy. Except, there were two men. It’s taken over 75 years, but Batman’s co-creator has finally got his day, and he’s been receiving the recognition he so richly deserves. And now, the complicated history of Bill Finger, Kane, and Batman will be revealed in a new documentary called Batman and Bill.
Directed by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce (The Art of the Steal) and inspired by the book Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman by Marc Tyler Nobleman, the doc aims to put the spotlight on the man responsible for so much of Batman lore. Yes, it was Kane who had the idea for the character, but it was Finger that contributed so much of the mythology we love about Batman stories including the creation of supporting characters like Robin and Commissioner Gordon, and most of the beloved rogues gallery including Joker, Penguin, Catwoman and Riddler. How does the work of such a man remain secret for so long? That’s one of many questions explored in Batman and Bill. Here’s the trailer.
It’s only been in the last couple of years that Finger’s begun to receive his due. Starting in 2015, he started getting a co-creator credit on all Batman media including Gotham and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Unfortunately, Finger died a relative young man in 1974 at the age of 59, so he’ll never know that Batman’s history is finally be redressed to include him, but at least Batman fans the world over might now finally know his name, and his contributions to the Batman legacy.
Batman and Bill will be available to stream on Hulu on May 6.