Bruce Wayne just saw this story in Variety and boy, he is not amused. It seems that in the fine country of Turkey, there is a city called Batman -- and they're now suing Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros for royalties. Huseyin Kalkan, the mayor of Batman, is accusing The Dark Knight producers of using the city's name without permission. "There is only one Batman in the world," Kalkan said. "The American producers used the name of our city without informing us."
No one is quite sure why it took so long for the town of Batman to cop to the fact that their town was named after a DC comics character, who's been around since 1939 -- the mayor is currently trying to gather evidence to prove that the town has existed longer than the character. Everyone knows that when young Bruce Wayne was casting about for an idea, something to haunt Gotham's criminals, he looked at his map of Turkey for a name. It didn't actually have anything to do with, you know, dressing up like a man-bat.
And because this isn't crazy enough, the mayor is also blaming Nolan and Warner Bros for the town's unsolved murders, and high female suicide rate. Something about the psychological effect of the film's success on the fine citizens of the town. (Frankly, I would think if you were in a town called Batman, you'd be a lot less likely to commit crime for fear he lived there. But that's just me.) The only believable claim Mayor Kalkan has made is that citizens have a really tough time registering businesses abroad.
As of yet, no legal action has actually been filed -- but when the lawsuit arrives, please assign Harvey Dent to handle it!
Also of note: Warners has officially launched a "For Your Consideration" website for The Dark Knight, which includes the script for the film in case anyone is interested.