Nearly 25,000 people have signed a petition to change the border of Batman in Turkey to fit the shape of the superhero’s logo

Tom Murray
Thursday 09 August 2018 15:15
"Batman" is not just a comic book vigilante, it is also a Turkish province(Bryce Edwards / Flickr)

There's a province in Turkey called Batman — and a petition to move its borders into the shape of the superhero's logo now has 23,000 signatures

"Batman" is not just a caped crusader, it turns out. Batman is also a city, a province, and a river.

You can find each Batman in southeastern Turkey, along the Tigris River.

There's an issue, though — Batman province looks nothing like the "Batman" logo.

Fortunately, one internet user pointed this out and launched an online petition to change the borders of Batman province to make it "more realistic."

This is what Batman's border currently looks like...

Current boundaries for Turkish province of Batman(Google Maps)

... And this is what the petition proposes:

Border proposal from online petition(Kemal Atakan Kırca /

"Batman needs some change! We can start with the border. By changing the border, we can make it more realistic," wrote the user who started the petition, Kemal Atakan Kırca.

As of Tuesday, the petition has almost 23,000 signatures — just over 2,000 away from its goal of 25,000.

"Let's Batman great again," one person commented. "The world deserves it," said another.

The province, pronounced "Baht-man," is reportedly named after an old Turkish measure of weight and has a population exceeding 500,000, according to estimates .

The ancient citadel of Hasankeyf is Batman's top attraction, according to TripAdvisor , with the Batman Park mall is a close runner-up.

Hasankeyf is an ancient town and district located along the Tigris River in the Batman Province in southeastern Turkey(NORTHERN IMAGERY / Shutterstock)

This is not the first time Batman province has made the news for its connection to the dark knight.

In 2008, the Mayor of Batman, Huseyin Kalkan, announced he was suing director Christopher Nolan for stealing his city's name.

He said: "There is only one Batman in the world. The American producers used the name of our city without informing us."

The mayor also placed the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high rate of suicide among young women on the psychological impact of the film on the city's inhabitants.

Buzzfeed , however, reports that "Batman" was created by artist Bob Kane in 1939 — two decades before the Turkish city got its modern name.

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