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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Michael Uslan brought comic books to academia in the 1970s with class (figuratively and literally) and he brought Batman to Hollywood a decade later with the same sort of integrity. I've been reading or watching his work since my youth and the intellect always shined through - now with his memoir I also see the emotional backbeat of his hero's journey."
-Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times

"This book appeals to both comic book lovers and movie enthusiasts, touching on important aspects of both worlds. It is not just for Batman lovers, but people with true curiosity of a man whose dream and determination propelled him to success." -The Setonian

"The fact that Mike Uslan has developed his love for comic books into a full-blown (and very successful) career is nothing short of amazing. It's a wonderful world."
-Joe Kubert, comic book artist of Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, Tarzan, Tor, and Flash

"The Boy Who Loved Batman should also be recommended as inspiration for young boys who dream of carrying on their love for superheroes into adulthood. Mike Uslan is proof that you don't have to leave all that behind and "grow up" to become a success.' - Cineweekly

"The Boy Who Loved Batman is fundamentally about how to make it in the world doing what you love. Every high school library should have this book and every business-minded teen should be reading it. Uslan made it, big time, and he provides a perfect example for others to follow." - Bookslut

"Mike Uslan went 'firmly in the direction of his dreams,' as Henry David Thoreau suggested, and on the journey helped redefine popular culture and confer respectability on a maligned art form. Mike's is a great American success story and The Boy Who Loved Batman is a terrific read."
-Dennis O'Neil, comic book writer and editor of many works, including Green Lantern, Batman, and The Shadow

From the Publisher
"Michael [Uslan] shares his story in this amazing book filled with photos that is sure to bring back fond memories!" -On Screen and Beyond

"Michael Uslan writes exciting superhero stories, produces blockbuster superhero films, curates historic superhero exhibitions. Readers of this fascinating insider's look at how comics and movies are made will discover the biggest secret known to all of us in the business: Michael Uslan is a superhero!"
-Jerry Robinson, co-creator of the Joker and Robin the Boy Wonder

"Michael Uslan brought comic books to academia in the 1970s with class (figuratively and literally) and he brought Batman to Hollywood a decade later with the same sort of integrity. I've been reading or watching his work since my youth and the intellect always shined through - now with his memoir I also see the emotional backbeat of his hero's journey."
-Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times

"He'll pull you into the world he's helped to fashion and make you appreciate the challenges and triumphs." Comics Buyer's Guide

"For anyone with an interest in comics history or collecting The Boy Who Loved Batman is a must read. " Sci-Fi Bulletin

"Folks, buy this book. I PROMISE that it's going to make you laugh, cry (I did), and nod your head in a "That's me!" sorta way. The story and message of this book moved me tremendously. " -Batman on Film

"Five Stars. The Boy Who Loved Batman is an amazing read and will inspire you to fight for your dream. " - The NerdiestKids.com

"An inspirational tale of how one individual, armed only with a lifelong desire of restoring dignity to his beloved Batman, can prevail against all odds and emerge triumphant, forever altering the pop-culture landscape in the process. Informative, warmly witty and deeply human, it should be required reading, not just for comic book and movie fans like me, but for anyone looking for a concrete plan to make their own dreams come true!"
-Mark Hamill, voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and Arkham Asylum video game, creator of the Dark Horse comic, The Black Pearl, and Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy

"A rousing, entertaining tale of movie producer, Michael Uslan, and his fanboy-fueled quest to reinvent DC Comics' Batman for the big screen. Lushly produced with four-color interior artwork and oversized hardcover binding, this is a fun journey Dark Knight fans will want to take alongside Uslan, who was the driving force behind all the recent Batman movies" -Family Fans

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811875509
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/10/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 352,853
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Uslan

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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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    "Pow! Zap! Wham!"...Read this Book!

    You don't have to be a Baby Boomer, a comic book junkie, a Hollywood insider or from Jersey to appreciate Michael Uslan's creative writing style and unique story-telling talent. By realizing his dream of creating dark, serious Batman movies, the author has thus removed the words "Pow! Zap! Wham! (often flashed across the screen in the 1960s campy TV Batman series whenever the Dynamic Duo hit a bad guy) from their association with the Dark Knight. Mrs. Stiller and Mrs. Friedman, the author's 7th and 8th grade English teachers would be proud. "The Boy Who Loved Batman" is a witty, funny, heartwarming account of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. Be prepared to laugh your butt off and cheer at Michael's perseverance and success at beating the odds with his creativity, risk taking and hard work. Bottom line: You'll love "The Boy Who Loved Batman."

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Wonderful Book

    Perfect read for any dc comic batman fan. Check it out you won't be let down.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    sorry not a big fan so don't even try

    NO WAY YOUR GONNA MAKE ME JA READ THAT!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    TV series

    I haven't read it but he seems to be in collusion with the dickheads who are blocking the rights to the original TV series in which case, no matter how good the modern Batman is. He is also a dickhead.

    1 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

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    Goodbook

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    My fav super heroe is bat man

    Whos ur favorite super hero

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    I like it

    It s good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Over all

    I like trains

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Great stories

    Nicely written, very interesting. Great biography for anyone to read about striving for your goals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Look at this

    IS IT A SHOW OR A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    A Great and Accessible Read

    First off it's worth noting that this is a memoir, so it's not all about Batman. It's about the life of Michael Uslan, the man who is most directly responsible for bringing Batman back to the masses after the '60s campiness made him a laughingstock to the public. So while there is lots of history about Batman in pop culture, there is also a lot about how he developed as a person, as well as his experiences with comic book culture, such as his work at DC and experiences teaching the first accredited college-level comic book history course.

    Secondly, I am by no means a comic fan - my entire comics collection is limited to a few "Far Side" books and four of what're generally regarded the best of the Batman stories, such as "The Dark Knight Returns." My interest in Batman is mainly focused on the animated series and the live action films.

    That being said, as a person who likes understanding WHY Hollywood makes some of the (horrible) decisions it does, this book had a lot of interesting insight about Batman's decline into campiness, and his subsequent resurrection (ignoring Schumacher's backslide, which the author laments) into serious film as the eponymous Dark Knight. Perfectly accessible to any person willing to pick up a book with "Batman" in the title.

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