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Batman writer Tom King has been misspelling the Dark Knight's #1 accessory for years and we didn't know it

The name that Tom King has misspelled in every Batman script.

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Tom King is one of the most prolific Batman writers in recent years. King murdered Alfred, almost married Batman and Catwoman, and put the Dark Knight through a psychological wringer.

And to think, he did all that while misspelling Batman’s most famous accessory.

During a spotlight panel at Megacon 2024, King’s longtime collaborator Mitch Gerads let the crowd in on a little secret. “Do you guys want some insider info on a Tom King script,” Gerads teases. “Every time I get a Tom King Batman script, it says boatmobile instead of batmobile.”

King blamed it on autocorrect, which is pretty relatable. Who among us hasn’t had our lives ruined by autocorret?

“My autocorrect at some point did it, and I spelled it wrong as I kept pressing ‘add to dictionary,’ and I corrected it to be boatmobile. It’s been that way ever since. I recently had to correct it because I was sending to a non-English speaking artist, and I was like ‘Oh shit, they’re actually going to draw a boatmobile,’” King says. (I kind of wish he drew it anyway)

In fairness to King, a boatmobile sounds cool, and unlike the batmobile, it doesn’t have any wheels to lose in any Jingle Bells parodies.

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Joshua is a pop culture writer specializing in comic book media. His work has appeared on the official DC Comics website, the DC Universe subscription service, HBO Max promotional videos, the Batman Universe fansite, and more. In between traveling around the country to cover various comic conventions, Joshua resides in Florida where he binges superhero television and reads obscure comics from yesteryear.