Batman, Turkey accuses Batman, Superhero of identity theft

Let’s play word association. I’ll say a word and then you tell me the first thing that comes to your mind (I can hear you, trust me). OK, ready?


Great. I heard “Robin,” “cape,” “Batmobile” and a something that sounded like “kablam.” While there are no wrong answers, you are all so very wrong. The correct response, of course, is “Turkey.” As in, Batman, Turkey. Batman is the capital of Batman Province in southeast Turkey and is an important oil-producing area which is home to the country’s oldest oil refinery.

Batman, Turkey also happens to be in the news lately because its mayor, Hüseyin Kalkan, is planning to sue Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan (director of the most recent Batman films) for unauthorized use of the town’s name. That’s right. Batman ripped off Batman. And now Batman wants Batman to pay. Are you following along?

According to The Guardian, Mayor Kalkan said, “There is only one Batman in the world. The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.” He also blames several unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on “the psychological impact suffered by the town after being placed under the spotlight by Nolan’s film.”

So, dear travelers, I urge you to pack up your gear, catch a flight to Istanbul and then hop aboard a puddle-jumper to Batman’s regional airport (yes, it exists). You’ll want to avoid becoming the victim of an unsolved murder and perhaps you should be a good samaritan and try to cheer up the ladies. I bet they like men in masks and tights.

Good luck, Mayor Kalkan. May I suggest that you form a class-action suit with Bat Cave, North Carolina?