The Joker’s laugh: A character attribute that was created by accident. Cesar Romero, who played the Joker in the Batman series, met with producers to discuss his role on the series. While Romero was waiting to meet with the producers, he happened to see conceptual art of the Joker’s costuming. Romero felt the pictures looked absurd, and as a result, he spontaneously broke out into a playfully loaded, almost manic, laughter. A producer overhead the laughter and told him, “That’s it. That’s your Joker’s laugh.”
Hugh Hefner: The man behind the inception of a Batman TV series. Hugh Hefner is passionate about comic books, and one of his early projects was cartooning. In fact, later in life, he still liked to throw comic-book themed parties, and in 1965, he decided to throw a Batman themed party that celebrated the campiness of the comic. Actors came dressed as Batman and Robin, and used the goofy “Golly gee whiz” lines from the comic. However, little to Hefner’s knowledge, Yale Udoff, an ABC executive, attended his party. When Udoff saw the crowd’s positive reaction to the goofy Batman and Robin, he immediately ran to a payphone and called ABC with an idea for a new Batman TV show. And the rest is history.
Bob Kane: The man who is typically credited as being the sole creator of Batman. In fact, all Kane did was sketch a blonde man wearing a red suit with bat wings. It was actually Bill Finger, a fellow comic book artist, who created everything that makes Batman cool – the color scheme, the costume, the origin story, the fact that Batman doesn’t have super powers, the Joker, Cat woman, the Bat mobile, and Gotham City. Sadly, Finger never shared much of the glory attributed to Kane, though fans are slowly beginning to recognize him.
New York City: The original city where the first few stories of Batman took place. It wasn’t until later when co-creators opted to set their story in a fictional metropolis of their own design, and not in New York City. Writer, Bill Finger, flipped open a New York phone booth, and saw “Gotham Jewelers” in bold, black type, and then adopted it for his own. Hence how Gotham City got its name!
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