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The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir

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Is any superhero cooler than Batman? He's a crime-fighting vigilante with a tragic past, a lawless attitude, and a seemingly endless supply of high-tech gadgetry. In this fully illustrated memoir, author Michael Uslan recalls his journey from early childhood fandom through to the decades he spent on a caped crusade of his own: to bring Batman to the silver screen as the dark, serious character he was at heart. Uslan's story traces his path from the wilds of New Jersey to the limelight of Hollywood, following his work as Executive Producer on every Batman film from Tim Burton's 1989 re-envisioning to 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Through it all, he helped to create one of the most successful pop culture franchises of all time.

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"Film producer Uslan tells of how a New Jersey kid turned his youthful obsession with the 1950s and '60s superheroes of DC and Marvel Comics, like Batman and Captain America, into a 'lifetime career' — culminating in his current role as executive producer of all the Batman movies, from 1989's Batman to the Dark Knight Rises, scheduled to premiere in 2012. The problem is that Uslan spends too much time on the details of his youthful and college-era obsession and not enough on his current peak. Three-quarters of the book is a highly detailed account of the author's life in Jersey, his work at Indiana University teaching one of the first college-level courses on comic books, and a stint as a young writer at DC Comics. Only in the book's last quarter does Uslan tell some fascinating stories about the difficulties he had in convincing Hollywood film executives of the potential success of a movie based on the original comic book's characterization of 'a dark and serious Batman,' as opposed to the '1967 pop version' found in the Batman television show. Uslan's writing is friendly but conventional, but his relentless linear reporting style keeps his focus all too narrow." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Michael Uslan is a film producer with numerous award winning projects to his credit. He is Executive Producer of all of the Batman features from Batman to The Dark Knight Rises and won an Emmy Award for TV's "Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?" He has been a speaker at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Smithsonian Institution, and taught the world's first accredited college course on comic books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811875509
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Uslan, Michael
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Publication Date:
20110810
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10.25 x 7.75 x 1 in 2.05 lb
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Film producer Uslan tells of how a New Jersey kid turned his youthful obsession with the 1950s and '60s superheroes of DC and Marvel Comics, like Batman and Captain America, into a 'lifetime career' — culminating in his current role as executive producer of all the Batman movies, from 1989's Batman to the Dark Knight Rises, scheduled to premiere in 2012. The problem is that Uslan spends too much time on the details of his youthful and college-era obsession and not enough on his current peak. Three-quarters of the book is a highly detailed account of the author's life in Jersey, his work at Indiana University teaching one of the first college-level courses on comic books, and a stint as a young writer at DC Comics. Only in the book's last quarter does Uslan tell some fascinating stories about the difficulties he had in convincing Hollywood film executives of the potential success of a movie based on the original comic book's characterization of 'a dark and serious Batman,' as opposed to the '1967 pop version' found in the Batman television show. Uslan's writing is friendly but conventional, but his relentless linear reporting style keeps his focus all too narrow." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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