'The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest' got it right way back in 1997.
The animated feature was a spin-off of the widly popular Bruce Timm/Paul Dini versions of Batman and Superman series. 20+ years later, Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy are still considered the definitive voices of Superman and Batman... and we have to mention Mark Hamill as The Joker as his geek cred surpasses both of them.
The movie juggles multiple heroes and villains while still pushing pushing the story along. You actually care about the characters and believe that there is some logic what motivates them.
So if you're feeling bummed after watching the recent Batman v Superman movie, then sit back and full screen this far superior version of the World's Finest.
Join the Bill Finger Google Doodle Campaign...!
IGN reports: In recent years, author Marc Tyler Nobleman has become an advocate for Bill Finger, the uncredited co-creator of Batman. He even wrote a book called Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, about Finger's original vision for the iconic character and how his instrumental contributions failed to get the credit they deserved.
Now, Nobleman wants to raise awareness of Finger even more by calling on fans to help get Finger his own Google Doodle -- the stylized Google logos that act as a tribute to notable people, events, and the like -- and this year is the perfect time to get it done, for several reasons; 2014 is not only the 75th anniversary of Batman, but also the 100th anniversary of Finger's birth and the 40th anniversary of his death.
"Finger was well known for writing scripts featuring oversized versions of everyday objects -- giant props," Nobleman said. "Perhaps a Doodle could take this into account somehow (and sidestep copyright issues at the same time)."
However, Bat-fans will need to rally soon. The target date for a Bill Finger Google Doodle -- February 8, his birthday -- is rapidly approaching. Nobleman encourages fans who wish to pay tribute to Finger to show their support by emailing email@example.com.
Here's Marc's suggestion on what to send to Goggle:
I’m with Marc Nobleman. It’s time for Bill Finger to get some recognition for his long-standing contributions to pop culture. And it’s not the doodle that so important, but the link.
Millions of users will go to Google to search the Internet, they’ll see a Batman-themed doodle and click it, and it will link to Finger’s story. Normally your doodles highlight someone who is recognized for his achievements, but a doodle for Bill Finger would actually help give him the recognition he’s never had. I hope you’ll consider it.
Thanks and I’m looking forward to the doodle.
Please consider a Google doodle for this poor man who made millions of people happy and died penniless without the fame deserved of him.
To join the movement yourself, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Bill Finger Appreciation Group on Facebook and visit Marc Tyler Nobleman's blog.
My friend Marc's new book, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, had it's official release today.
He's the first author to uncover all of the facts relating to the career of author Bill Finger. Many of Bill's contributions can be named by someone with just passing knowledge of the character... Gotham City, the Batmobile, Robin, the Batcave, Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman, etc. He never received proper credit or compensation for his work although his creations have generated millions upon millions of dollars worldwide.
Congrats to Marc on (another) job well done!
The following is the press release from the recent auction of Detective Comics Issue #27 for $1,075,500 in Dallas today. This is the issue that featured the first appearance of Batman (then called Bat-Man) and it beats the recent sell of Action Comics #1 for $1,000,000.
While at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN on October 10th 2009, author Marc Tyler Nobleman did an interview with me for the Bill Finger Appreciation Group that touched on his book “Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman” and his research on the uncredited co-creator of Batman, Bill Finger.