DC found itself in a bit of a pickle, and they’re doing what they can to get out of it.
Finally, Bill Finger is getting credit as a co-creator of Batman—at least on the show Gotham and in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice film. It’s about time, too. We all know this. Finger co-created a good many of Batman’s more enduring characters, such as Robin, Catwoman, and Two-Face. However, DC has a contract with Bob Kane to have only his name as the creator of Batman. Even though Kane passed away, that contract is still in force.
And that’s the thing about contracts. Once they’re signed, only an amendment agreed to by both parties can change it—unless a court of law says that part or all of it is unenforceable. Since this didn’t happen, it’s always been Bob Kane as having the only credit for the creation of Batman. (A contract is the reason the rights to Watchmen haven’t reverted back to the creators, and why Alan Moore won’t work for DC.)
I’m very happy that Finger is getting the recognition he deserves, albeit posthumously. I don’t see it as a change for things in the future—things are better now for creators than they ever have been—but I do see it as DC doing what they can within the limits of the law to make right something they know is wrong.
This is a step. It isn’t the first, and as long as there are those who continue to seek justice for Bill Finger, it won’t be the last. Will we eventually see “Batman created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane”? That is definitely the hope, but only time will tell. In the meantime, while I may not watch Gotham, I’ll definitely be going to the movies to see Dawn of Justice.