The mayor of a city in southeastern Turkey called Batman, is SUING Christopher Nolan and Warner Brothers, for using the name of the city without permission, according to Variety.
This is amazing. This throws that whole Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kazakhstan lawsuit out the window.
Huseyin Kalkan, the mayor of the town is stating that “There is only one Batman in the world… The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.”
This is after how many Batman’s? Batman was a successful comic book character in 1939, the successful TV series started in 1966, and Burton’s first film for Warner Bros. came out in 1989. After seven Batman films, why is this one the one that tips the scales? Most likely it’s largely due to the fact that the film is about to pass the $1 billion mark.
Not only is the mayor claiming that the name is a problem, but also that the film has been the reason “for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that the film’s success has had on the city’s inhabitants.”
What does the WB have to say: “We are only aware of this claim via press reports and have not seen any actual legal action,” a Warner Bros. rep said in a statement.
I do like how Variety ends there report by saying:
While the town of Batman has suddenly shown great interest in the property, there’s no evidence that the citizenry has ever shown much loyalty to the Caped Crusader — not even on Halloween.
As if the rest of the world is expected to show their loyalty by celebrating a (for the most part) American tradition.