Yes, you read the headline correctly, Batman is suing The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan. Of course, I’m not taking about the fictional caped crusader – I’m talking about the real life little known city in southeast Turkey. The city named after the Bat? Raman Mountains, predates the comic book vigilante by almost a decade. Residents believe the success of the popular American film adaptations could be partly to blame for the city’s increasing suicide rates among women and unsolved murder rates. Has the comic book superhero ruined their city’s namesake value?
“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,” Hüseyin Kalkan, the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party mayor, told to the Do?an news agency.
Also, local Batman residents living abroad aren’t allowed due to American copyright/trademark laws to use Batman as a title for their business. A former Batman resident named two of his German restaurants in homage to the city, but was forced six months ago by ” a team of employees from the production company of the movie” to change the title of his business.
But the time in which the city could have legally objected to the registration of “Batman” and will likely be out of luck. I’m not sure what they hope to get from suing the film’s director Christopher Nolan. Seems like a rather pointless exercise in an attempt to get some attention.