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Batman & Bill (2017)

Documentary about the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger.
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Credited cast:
Thomas Andrae Thomas Andrae ... Himself
Benjamin Zaido Cruz Benjamin Zaido Cruz ... Himself
Athena Finger Athena Finger ... Herself
Bill Finger Bill Finger ... Himself - archival
Stacey C. Friends Stacey C. Friends ... Herself
Bob Kane ... Himself - archival
Travis Langley ... Himself
Althea Mariotta Althea Mariotta ... Herself
Todd McFarlane ... Himself
Marc Tyler Nobleman Marc Tyler Nobleman ... Himself
Lyn Simmons Lyn Simmons ... Herself (as Edith 'Lyn' Simmon)
Roy Thomas Roy Thomas ... Himself
Michael E. Uslan ... Himself (as Michael Uslan)
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Documentary about the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger.

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6 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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An interesting one-sided discussion, but more research required.
20 July 2017 | by kuuk3See all my reviews

This is an interesting one-sided argument. However it does ignore any investigation towards Bob Kane's contribution to the creation. Focusing purely on the speculative works of Bill.

A statement is made early on in the film, that Bill was paid as a "Ghost Writer". Perhaps he forgot to look up the definition of that, because if true, it justifies everything Bob did, even if Bill did create it.

And later on, the film shows early design templates that Bob came up with, that apparently Bill developed further. A friend offering ideas and suggestions to someone else's work, is a bit different to plagiarism or whatever else they are trying to suggest. The original templates were developed by Bob, regardless of what changes were made along the journey to publication.

And lets just say for arguments sake, Bill came up with the design. Bob was the marketing business expert who risked actual money and time into publishing him. Comics books were a new medium, and other superheroes had failed. He was the risk taker, who compiled the team of writers, artists and colourist and steered the ship as it were through war time and kept the dream alive.

This documentary needed a deeper look at what Bob Kane added the equation, to balance out the argument and allow the viewer a clearer understanding of how much credit Bill deserves, and for what.


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