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The Boy Who Loved Batman
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The Boy Who Loved Batman
A Memoir
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The Batman movie producer reveals how his childhood love of comic books became a lifelong passion and dream job in this illustrated memoir.Is any superhero cooler than Batman? He's a crime-fighting...
The Batman movie producer reveals how his childhood love of comic books became a lifelong passion and dream job in this illustrated memoir.Is any superhero cooler than Batman? He's a crime-fighting...
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  • The Batman movie producer reveals how his childhood love of comic books became a lifelong passion and dream job in this illustrated memoir.
    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.
    "Don't miss this spellbinding tale of one man who saw what Batman was—and realized what he could become." —Stan Lee

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  • 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.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 8, 2011
    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.

  • Booklist

    September 15, 2011
    Eagle-eyed movie fans will recognize the author's name as a producer of the Batman movies since 1989 (and also as producer of 1982's Swamp Thing, among other non-bat-related projects). As he explains in this enjoyable autobiography, his love of Batman and comic books in general began when he was a boy, and grew to the point that, by the early 1970s, he was teaching the first accredited college course in comic books. He went on to law school, but he never lost his love for the comics, writing for DC Comicshome of Batmanand, as a movie-studio employee in the late seventies, teaming up with veteran producer Benjamin Melniker to buy the rights to Batman. The 10-year odyssey to get his first movie made constitutes a fascinating story. Uslan writes with a childlike quality, peppering his prose with words written in LARGE CAPS and plenty of exclamation marks, giving the book the feel ofwhat else?a comic book. Full of anecdotes and illustrations, this is sure to please Bat-fans everywhere.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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