• Green Arrow doesn't appear in this week's Batman, but we sure do discuss the character a lot in this week's BATMANLAND. (SBS VICELAND)Source: SBS VICELAND
We speak to the man who wrote the book on Green Arrow - a character who started life as a rip-off Batman character and is now on a TV show that looks and feels a lot like the Batman movies.
Dan Barrett

22 Dec 2017 - 7:09 PM  UPDATED 22 Dec 2017 - 7:12 PM

Bob Kane was the man who was credited as creating Batman. But as comic fans know, that's not the real story. While Kane certainly created elements of Batman (mostly the name and the idea of a man dressing as a bat to fight crime), almost everything that fans love about the character came from the creative mind of Bill Finger. In recent years, Finger's name has been added to the credits of all things Batman.

This week on Batman has a special treat - a two-part episode written by Bill Finger himself. While that's kind of interesting, the more interesting aspect of the episode is that Finger wrote an episode featuring a bad guy not from Batman's rogues gallery, but rather used a villain from the Green Arrow comics - The Clock King.

On BATMANLAND we have a chat with our guest Richard Gray about Green Arrow - a character initially conceived as a rip-off of Batman. We detail the differences between the characters and the evolution of Green Arrow to his modern day role on his own TV series Arrow. Richard Gray is the perfect person to talk to about this - he literally wrote the book on Green Arrow - "Moving Target: The History and Evolution of Green Arrow".

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Batman airs every Friday evening on SBS VICELAND from 7:25pm, with the BATMANLAND companion podcast available to listen to every week as soon as you finish watching the episodes.