Is Batman a rip off of the old silent movie, "The Bat?"

Okay, I know I'll get a lot of flak for this forum post, but I figured it'll be a lot of fun anyway. First of - - all, I just want to point out that I have nothing but the utmost respect for the character batman, and his creator, Bob Kane. In terms of superhero movies and comic books, I think it would be hard to argue that any other character has endured as much success as he has commercially. However, in light of building up my review for the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises", I've decided to review a series of hubs leading up to it. Two of them thus far happen to be the old silent film, "The Bat", and it's remake, "The Bat Whispers." I know some of you are probably asking, what do those movies have to do with Batman?Well, back in 1926, there was an old silent movie that was adaptation of a Broadway play. In the film, it featured a mysterious super criminal calling himself "The Bat." In this movie, this super criminal not only dresses like a giant bat, but he even dons a black cape. Another thing you folks might notice is that he too travels rooftop to rooftop using a complex system of grappling hooks, while having a handy utility bag. Oh and it's gets even better too, as he uses a gun to only shoot other criminals...sort of similar to how the ORIGINAL batman used to shoot people with the very same gun that killed his parents. Now, I'm not saying that batman is a total copycat, as he has evolved over the years to become drastically different. however, there's no denying the similarities, as i pointed out in my review of both films. however, i know some people will probably be offended by saying, "HOW DARE YOU INSIGHT SUCH ACCUSATIONS TOWARDS BOB KANE!?!" Okay, I'll tell you what, here's an article that'll show you proof of what I'm talking about. And by the way, I've seen both films entirely, and I've researched batman extensively for those that remember my "superheroes assemble" hubs a while back. therefore, at the risk of sounding conceited, I know what I'm talking about. However, please don't allow me to tell you what to - - think, as i'd rather you told me what you think. here's the link to judge for yourselves:, assuming you've read the link, I want to know your exact opinions on this. Was batman - - originally a rip off of the old silent movie? Or do you think not? And is your opinion changed by the article and it's facts knowing what you've learned? Please discuss.