Petition Aims To Reshape Turkish Province Batman’s Borders Into Superhero's Logo

Submitted by: daegog 1 week ago in News & Politics Weird

A brilliant idea and it will bring many tourist dollars to a region that sees very little.

An excerpt from Interesting Engineering: A province in Turkey is trying to reshape its borders to more closely resemble the outline of the DC comic book hero, Batman. The Batman province in Southeast Turkey has started a change petition led by local citizen Kemal Atakan Kırca.

The petition calls for local government to reshape the province's borders to more closely resemble the famous superhero logo. The petition online now at Change.orgurges the province's governor to act. 

“Batman needs some change! We can start with the border. By changing the border, we can make it more realistic,” it says. The petition already has more than 15,000 signatures gathered in just five days. 

The province, pronounced ‘Baht-mahn’ is namedafter an old Turkish measure of weight, it currently has about 50,000 residents. The province's capital also takes the name Batman as does the river that runs through the area. 

This isn't the first time the province has tried to get closer to its superhero association. In 2008, the mayor of the city Huseyin Kalkan announced his intention to sue Warner Bros. and Batman director Christopher Nolan for using the name of the city in “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” without paying royalties. 

The lawsuit never materialized, likely due to the fact that the comic book was developed in the 1930’s, two full decades before the city adopted its modern name. That fans of the border change have even suggested that the capital of the province could be renamed Gotham, Batman's home city.
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Male 584
Makes sense.
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Male 1,726
They think this is funny just because we have the horror clown as pres?
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Male 7,960
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Male 233
What about the original Turkish Bedmen?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dXsaLLuEcM
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Male 11,553
Sounds ike a huge waste of time if you ask me.  But if it goes through it wouldn't be surprising if marvel is like "we need to do that too!"  then the oil companies, then the media companies, etc.  Next thing you know the earth will look like an ugly nascar in an atlas
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Male 6,345
monkwarrior You seem so horribly miserable monk.

Maybe you are not cut out to be a monk, maybe you need to seek some happiness somehow.
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Male 11,553
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Male 332
Good Golly! There really is a Batman Province in Turkey!!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman,_Turkey

It would take a LOT of border re-writing to make it look like a bat-logo... not happening I think, lolz!
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