Episode 282


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Okay, here is everything from the Turkey fuckers (sorry, couldn't resist) at Wikipedia:

Government

The mayor of Batman is Hüseyin Kalkan, who is a member of the Democratic Society Party, a Kurdish political party.

Economy

Batman Province is an important oil producing area, and Batman has Turkey's oldest refinery, established in 1955. A 494 km (307 mi) long pipeline transports crude oil from Batman to İskenderun. The railway track at nearby Kurtalan connects the city with Istanbul. There is also a regional airport near Batman.

History and demographics

Until the 1950s, Batman was a small village. When oil companies moved in and the city's economy started to grow, population figures began to rise. Many Turkish workers and state officials settled in the city. Presently the population of Batman faces a high level of unemployment. The city has been pegged to undergo renovations to become a tourist attraction.

Legal Action

On November 7th, 2008, Batman Mayor Hüseyin Kalkan began looking into legal possibilities toward suing Christopher Nolan, director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and Warner Bros., distributor of the films, for naming infringement and "placing the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that the film's success has had on the city's inhabitants."

So the 1955 date you've heard, Mike, is actually just when the oil refinery was established. The village/town/city/whatever was settled around 700 AD (although how long the town has had the name of Batman, which is also the name of the province and the river that runs through it, I haven't been able to find).

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