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Bill Finger finally gets credit he deserves on the new Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser

December 1st, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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The latest teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has only gone and launched expectations into the stratosphere. The 49-second clip, which dropped on Monday night during Gotham’s mid-season finale, has blown anticipation out of the water and has set the tone nicely for the future of the DC Extended Universe.

You can see the clip below, which sees Batman unmasked by the Man of Steel, revealing his true identity (Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Ben Affleck). If that’s not enough for you, a new full-length trailer will be released on Wednesday night!

Amidst all the hazy fog of superhero excitement, there was one, subtle addition to the teaser that may have gone unnoticed, write Squareeyed. It appeared at the end, along with the credits. DC Comics credited as the publication of course while Bob Kane was noted as the creator of The Dark Knight. But did you notice someone else on there that hasn’t in previous Batman films?

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That’s right – Bill Finger has finally been credited as being the co-creator! After 76 years, Finger has finally got himself on the credit roll, where he belongs.

In 1989, creator Bob Kane himself admitted Bill had a huge influence on the conception of the caped crusader. He said:

“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.’”

The comic book writer, who died in 1974 aged 59, scripted the first ever Batman appearance inDetective Comics in May 1939. He also helped co-create the Green Lantern with Martin Nodell, and went on to write many of the characters’ 1940’s scripts. So, yeah, pretty big influence, wouldn’t you say? It’s a shame he’s getting credited 41 years after his death but at least his input is getting adequately acknowledged.

“[Bill] had more to do with the moulding of Batman than Bob. He just did so many things at the beginning, … creating almost all the other characters, … the whole persona, the whole temper,” the artist Jerry Robinson said of Finger.

Finally, in September this year, Finger’s estate struck a deal with DC. In addition to Batman v Superman, he has also received credit in the October comic books Batman and Robin Eternal #3 and Batman: Arkham Knight Genesis #3. He’s also credited in Season 2 of Gotham. We’re just glad all is right now and, as fans of Batman, we can look forward to seeing Bill’s name up there alongside Kane and the others!

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.