Bob Kane took the credit for the creation of Batman when in reality, 90% of the character we know was created by a man called Bill Finger who was eventually squeezed out and from then on received no credit or royalties up until his death
“If the general public knows Robert Kane at ALL, they know him as “”Bob Kane,”” the man who created Batman — then went on to write and draw Batman comic books for years, if not decades. Kane said so himself, loudly and often (see panel right). But how much of this PERCEPTION is actually TRUE? Reader, it’s time to find out, once and for all.
Central question: Did Kane create Batman all by himself, as he claimed as late as 1965? Kane says he was inspired by three things: Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of a bat-winged flying machine, and two movies: “THE MARK OF ZORRO,” and “THE BAT WHISPERS.” Let’s look at Kane’s three supposed sources of inspiration for creating Batman, one by one, and see what kind of “”inspiration”” they may or may not have provided. We’ll start with the da Vinci drawings.