On May 6, Hulu will release the documentary Batman & Bill, about about how Bill Finger, perhaps the man most responsible for the Batman mythos, was never credited until very recently and why.
The documentary was directed and produced by Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, who previously did The Atomic States of America together.
Bill Finger was the writer on the original Batman stories and co-creating Batman along with Bob Kane. In fact, Kane merely came up with the image of “the Bat-Man,” who, at the time, had a red costume, bat-wings, no secret identity, and no supporting characters. It was Bill Finger who came up with Bruce Wayne, Robin, Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon, the Joker, Catwoman, and many, many more. But because Bob Kane had an exclusive contract with DC Comics — a complicated story which involved him claiming to have signed his original contract when he was underage — he was always to be given sole credit for creating Batman.
It wasn’t until 2015 that Bill Finger was even credited alongside Bob Kane, partially due to the influence of the book Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman by Marc Temple Nobleman and Ty Templeton. In fact, Ty Templeton make a short comic about what Batman would have been like without Bill Finger: