Batman, Hurt by Slumping Oil Prices, Lashes Out

The mayor of the oil-producing town of Batman,Turkey, says he’ll sue Warner Bros. for taking the name of his town for its caped crusader without permission.

He hopes to win a cut of the royalties from this year’s Christopher Nolan hit, The Dark Knight.

Even if the case never goes to trial, the free publicity could win Batman a tourism windfall.

After all, sharing a name with a global celebrity has done wonders for Obama, Japan.

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  1. MG says:

    How does the town of Joker, Greece feel?

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  2. Raj Pandravada says:

    Obama? Global celebrity? Do these vicious character smears need to spill over into the off-season?

    BTW, Paris Hilton must be going: “…I share my name with sooo many fancy buildings!”

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  3. Mauricio Pastrana says:

    (taken from digg)

    “Next thing you know, France will sue Paris Hilton and sub shops all over the world will sue the show “Heroes.”"

    /mp

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  4. Scott B says:

    You guys really know how to title an article. Can someone please draw a picture of a turkey dressed as batman begging for money on the sidewalk of warner bros studios? Thanks.

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  5. Fred T. says:

    “Even if the case never goes to trial, the free publicity could win Batman a tourism windfall.”

    Not likely. Contrary to the popular phrase, there IS such a thing as bad publicity. I, for one, would never visit a town moronic enough to elect a mayor who is moronic enough to sue over the name of a comic book hero.

    Who knows what other moronic things they’re doing in that town?

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  6. Jason says:

    C’mon… This guy can’t be serious. If he didn’t sue after the first 5 movies, he should be allowed to sue now that batman is cool again!

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  7. erik says:

    Obama is certainly a celebrity. It’s no “vicious character smear” to acknowledge that, unless the suggestion that he is *only* a celebrity.

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  8. Grant says:

    #7, #2 was joking.

    Congrats on taking the internets too literally.

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