In southeastern Turkey, there is a real city named…
Answer: In southeastern Turkey there is an oil producing city named Batman. Batman, Turkey, made world news in 2008 when its mayor, Huseyin Kalkan, announced he was planning lawsuits against Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan, makers of the Dark Knight movie trilogy. “There is only one Batman in the world,” he told reporters. “The American producers used the name of our city without informing us.” He seemed unconcerned by the fact that the first Batman comics appeared in early 1939, almost two decades before his city began to use the name.
Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
Dialing code: +90
Currency: Turkish lira
President: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Points of interest: Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, more