"Batman needs some change! We can start with the border. By changing the border, we can make it more realistic," Kirca wrote on the petition's description. Since changing the province's borders would involve carving up those of its neighbors, the plan isn't likely to work. Although the fandom has a right to dream of reshaping Batman in the superhero's image.
Batman is located in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, and has a population of nearly half a million. It owes its name to an old Turkish unit of measurement. There's a decent amount of Instagram activity there, largely owing to its natural beauty. It's pronounced "Baht-Man," and has never quite escaped its association with the DC Comics hero, who has inevitably loomed large over the province for years.
In 2008, the then-mayor of Batman sued Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan for using its name without permission in films and other promotional materials. Huseyin Kalkan said at the time, "There is only one Batman in the world. The American producers used the name of our city without informing us."
The Dark Knight was a box office monster, accruing over $1 billion worldwide. Batman, Turkey, much to the dismay of its elected officials, was cut out from the windfall.
h/t Business Insider