Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Not Rated and suing Batman

Film watched:
This Film is Not Yet Rated

Interesting and entertaining documentary, which attacks the MPAA ratings system.


I also read the other day that the town of Batman (yes Batman) in Turkey, is looking to sue Christopher Nolan for the royalties to the name of “Batman”. The following is taken from reports:

“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 of Batman city, Hüseyin] Kalkan told the Doğan news agency… Mayor Kalkan, speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News and the Economic Review, 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.

And so, Kalkan plans to sue not DC Comics, who own the character, nor Warner Bros., who own DC Comics, but Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight.

I assure you, it is not April 1st.

This is, in one word, utterly bonkers. Batman was conceived almost 70 years ago (1939) by Bob Kane, and it’s taken the town of Batman this long to notice! And how exactly is The Dark Knight “increasing suicide rates among women”, are they offended by the film, find it too depressing, or just hate the fact that they are unable to get their hands on the millions of dollars that the film is making (and now just a hairs breath away from the billion mark)?

Utterly, utterly bonkers.

Maybe I should sue Turkey for have a name which reminds me of a delicious Christmas feast!
(and yes - I know that the name of the bird originated from the country and not the other way around)

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