This list of honorees for the 2015 Hollywood Walk Of Fame came out and it included a few interesting names. Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson, former Robin Chris O’Donnell, Big Bang Theories Jim Parsons, Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe, upcoming Ant-Man Paul Rudd and Batman creator Bob Kane.
The categories are Motion Picture, Television, Recording, Radio and Live Performance/Live Theater… Kane is getting his for motion pictures. A shame there is no Comic Book category.
The way the stars work is someone has to sponsor a nominee and if they are accepted then the nominee/honoree or the sponsor is responsible for paying the $30,000.00 it costs to install the star. A lot of the time the unveiling of the stars coincide with the release of a new movie, television show, etc. So there is definitely a marketing aspect to nominating someone for a star. Which means someone decided now was the time to get Kane his star and was willing to put the money up…
You can’t talk about Bob Kane and Batman in comic circles without the controversy involving Bill Finger coming up. So I was curious how DC was going to handle the announcement of Kane getting the star. This is from their webpage:
Fire up the Batsignal – a celebration is in order! This morning, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Batman creator Bob Kane has been selected as a 2015 Walk of Fame honoree. Kane will be joined by fellow 2015 honorees that include director Peter Jackson, television producer James L. Brooks, and actors Will Ferrell, Daniel Radcliffe and Chris O’Donnell, who of course played Robin in two Batman films in the 1990s.
Since his first appearance in the May 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27 – conceived of and drawn by a 22-year-old Kane with his frequent collaborator, Bill Finger, scripting the story – Kane’s Batman has gone on to become the star of comic books, Saturday afternoon cartoons, newspaper comic strips, radio shows, a live-action TV series, animated films, video games and several of the largest-grossing theatrical releases of all time. In short, Kane’s Batman is the most popular single superhero ever created.
I wonder if there will be a crowdfunding proposal soon to get Bill Finger a star.