As THE DARK KNIGHT heads toward $1 billion in worldwide grosses, it was inevitable that lawsuits would be filed as unjustly neglected parties sought their rightful pieces of the caped pie, but the town of Batman, Turkey is taking it to the wall. Mayor Huseyin Kalkan is claiming that WB used his town’s name without permission. While simple media rights would seem to be the major factor here, it seems that the film’s worldwide success has taken a considerable toll on the good citizens of Batman:
The mayor is prepping a series of charges against Nolan and Warner Bros., which owns the right to the Batman character, including placing the blame 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.
Former natives of Batman are also said to have encountered obstacles when attempting to register their businesses abroad.
And so another human injustice is heaped upon the world stage. Can nothing be done to help the Batmanians? Perhaps this is a job for…Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot?