Top: Batman as originally conceptualised by Bob Kane. Bottom: fake sketches he published later to “prove” that he created Batman.
TIL, Bob Kane—the guy whose name appears as Batman’s creator in every piece of Batman work—had very minimal contribution to the creation of Batman. The foundation of the Batman mythos we have now was created by a man called Bill Finger.
[He came up with] the color scheme, the costume, the cape, the cowl, the idea that he shouldn’t have any superpowers, the origin story about his parents being shot in an alley, the idea that he’s a detective, the words “Batmobile” and “Gotham City,” Robin, the Joker, Catwoman
But because of some devious legal wrangling, Bob Kane got DC to put his name as creator of Batman and pay him royalties, and at the same time, to not credit Bill Finger whatsoever.
F**k. That. Guy. For. Ever. Seriously, when it comes to the greatest supervillain in Batman’s history, the Joker is a distant second behind Bob Kane.