You may have seen this on other nerd sites already, but if there was ever a story that Topless Robot was born to run, it’s this: the city of Batman is suing director Chris Nolan. Now, that’s weird, but the facts could very well blow your brains right out your ears. Proceed with caution.
? There is a city called Batman in southeastern Turkey. The city was formed in 1929, a decade before Bob Kane created Batman.
? For nearly 80 years, the city of Batman seemed all right. But now Batman is in bad shape, mostly because of a high rate of suicides among women, which began at the same time as Warner Bros. and Nolan’s recent, much-improve Bat-flicks. Coincidence?!
? Apparently, the mayor of Batman, Huseyin Kalkan?which is quite frankly what I’d like to be when I grow up?has decided to sue Chris Nolan, as anyone would in this situation.
?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,? [Mayor H?seyin] Kalkan told to the Do?an news agency.
Mayor Kalkan said last year foreign media picked up on Batman and the city?s increasing suicide rates among women. He said a columnist asked why Batman?s mayor did not sue the movie Batman for royalties while struggling with economic problems. ?We found this criticism right and started to look for legal possibilities of a case like that,? he said.
? Oh, we’re not done. So DC has already settled some kind of suit with Kalkan, where he was awarded damages for the Batman/Batman name dilemma back in 2007.
? However, anyone from Batman who come to America cannot use the name Batman in their businesses. DC/Warner’s lawyers have stopped?uh…Batmanians? Batmen? whatever?from opening a “Batman Restaurant” or “Batman Laundry” or such on several occasions.
? Oh, and last but not least, the Bat-Mayor was sentenced to prison for 10 months earlier this year for “spreading terrorist propaganda.”
? Again, it’s Nolan who’s being sued. Not DC, not Warner Bros., not Bob Kane’s corpse, and not Bruce Wayne.
Awesome. My initial thought is that the Riddler was behind this, but now I’m leaning towards the Joker or Mad Hatter. No sane person could have imagined this scenario. (Via FilmDrunk and Newsarama)