Hulu has released a new trailer for Batman and Bill, a documentary shedding light on Batman’s forgotten creator.
As noted in the trailer, most fans know Bob Kane as the sole creator of Batman. However, Kane’s contributions beyond the initial impulse to create a superhero who was an inversion of Superman were quite limited. It was artist Bill Finger who perfected Batman’s design, drew his stories, and added key elements to the character’s world, including Robin, the Joker, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City, and much more.
So then how is it that Finger has been so nearly forgotten? That’s the question that Batman and Bill explores. Here’s the official description for the documentary.
Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to seek justice for Bill Finger, a struggling writer who was the key figure in creating the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.
The author mentioned in the description is Marc Tyler Nobleman. Batman and Bill
While Kane has been credited as the creator of Batman in the credits of Batman comics, movies, video games, and television shows for decades, Finger only began receiving credit in 2015. He is named in the credits of Gotham and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he began receiving credit as Batman’s co-creator in DC Comics’ Batman line of comics in late 2015.
As the trailer shows, Batman and Bill features interviews and commentary from comics history and Batman experts, including Fatman on Batman host, director Kevin Smith.
In October of 2016, Hulu offered a sneak peek at Batman and Bill at the New York Comic-Con. The event also included a question and answer session with a panel that included Nobleman, Batman movie producer Michael Uslan, Batman and Bill producer Sheena Joyce and director Don Argott, Bill Finger's granddaughter Athena Finger, and Finger family attorney Alethia
Batman made his original debut in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Though the characters have gone through several booms and busts over his more than 75-year history, the popularity of graphic novels like The Dark Knight returns and Tim Burton's Batman movie in the 1980s has made him a seemingly unassailable pillar of DC Entertainment's roster of superhero characters.
Batman and Bill will begin streaming on Hulu on May 6, 2017.