Batman 2.11 – The Clock King’s Crazy Crimes

What an incredibly strange coincidence. Tonight, we watched the first part of the only Batman TV story to credit Bill Finger with the story. He co-wrote this one with Charles Sinclair. Just last week, DC Comics and Warner Brothers finally agreed to give Finger, who died in 1974, a co-creator credit for the character. Bob Kane has been given sole credit for devising Batman for decades; into the 1960s, in fact, it was common for the comics books to have Kane, and nobody else, credited for the work. From time to time, Kane would acknowledge that Bill Finger had a lot more to do with Batman’s mythology, supporting cast, villains, and success than the official record would allow. Or perhaps that should read “…than Kane would allow the official record to allow.”

On Friday, Warner announced that, starting with this season of Gotham, Finger will be formally credited as Batman’s co-creator. You’ll also see this in theaters next summer when the next movie is released. This represents a long-held dream of comic fans and historians, and Finger’s family. We’re very glad to see this happen.

Finger also created the character of Clock King in 1947. Portrayed here by Walter Slezak, he was introduced as “the Clock” and renamed Clock King in 1960. He’s had a quite a few different looks over the years, and the one shown here, in which he’s posing as a pop artist in order to bring a big machine into an art gallery to cut through a wall in broad daylight, is actually not the silliest. He had some blue and green spandex for a while with a full-face clock mask! Most recently, he has shown up in one episode each of Arrow and The Flash, which, I think, makes him the first supervillain to appear in both the Adam West universe and the Stephen Amell one.

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