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Holy Gratuitous Lawsuit, Batman!

November 12th, 2008 (11:07 am)

The mayor of an actual Turkish city called Batman announced over the weekend he plans to sue director Chris Nolan over unauthorized use of the "Batman" name. Apparently, Batman has a problem with unsolved murders and a high suicide rate among women. And it’s all Nolan’s fault. Not DC Comics, Warner Brothers or the estate of Bob Kane. Makes perfect sense to me.

"The royalty of the name ‘Batman’ belongs to us … There is only one Batman in the world. The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.” Mayor Hüseyin Kalkan, speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News and the Economic Review, said last year foreign media picked up on Batman and the city’s increasing suicide rates among women. He said a columnist asked why Batman’s mayor did not sue the movie Batman for royalties while struggling with economic problems. “We found this criticism right and started to look for legal possibilities of a case like that,” he said.



Posted by: Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)

Good luck with that one - It's been a word in the English language for several hundred years, and as a trademark it belongs to DC / Warner etc., not Nolan. I'm sure that the nice lawyers will explain it to them at inordinate expensive length...

Posted by: Book Keeper Lewis (ladybeth)
Posted at: November 12th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)


Okay. Thats an odd way of saving one's economy. Just reminds me of the woman who sued Kelloggs when her house burned down because she left pop-tarts in her toaster while taking her kids to school. Not the toaster, but the Pop-tart was at fault.

Posted by: Karen (kazzy_cee)
Posted at: November 13th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
ani fireflies

O_o indeed!

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