The campaign to spread awareness about the uncredited co-creator of Batman continues, and this time it'll be on film.
We've told you a couple of times in the past month about the campaign to get writer Bill Finger a Google Doodle on what would have been his 100th birthday, Feb. 8. Finger co-created Batman with Bob Kane in 1939, and helped craft many of the character's early hallmarks, including his secret identity, supervillains, Batcave and more. Due to an early contract arrangement with Kane, though, Finger has never received official credit for his co-creation of the character (or any of the supervillain characters), and he died in obscurity in 1974.
The Google Doodle campaign, spearheaded by Finger biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman, garnered plenty of support among comics fans, but sadly, Feb. 8 came and went without a Doodle for Finger. That doesn't mean the effort to let the world know about Finger's life and achievements is over, though. It's just changing.
The Comic Arts Council just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger, a short documentary about Finger, his work on Batman and his legacy. The project has already garnered the support and involvement of several people close to the Finger story, including his granddaughter Athena and great-grandson Benjamin, legendary Batman writer Dennis O'Neil, producer Michael Uslan (who has worked on every big-screen version of Batman since 1989) and Nobleman.
The film's Kickstarter campaign is seeking a little more than $12,000 to help complete the film, and the Comic Arts Council hopes to use the funding to produce three different versions of the Finger documentary, each a different length. If all goes well, the film will exist as a 6-7-minute version, a 20-30 minute version, and a 45-50 minute version, so anyone can see the story of Finger regardless of time constraints or level of interest.
So if you want to keep the tributes to Bill Finger rolling, or if you just want a handy video you can show to your friends so they all know how important the man was to comics, head over to the Cape Creator Kickstarter page and throw them a few bucks. They've already got more than a third of their goal, so let's help them bring it home.
Check out the trailer for the projet below.