The Boy Who Loved Batman

The Boy Who Loved Batman

by Michael E. Uslan

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Meet the man whose life-long quest to reclaim the true, cool soul of Batman wonderfully transformed today's comic book movies. Growing up outside of Asbury Park, New Jersey, Michael Uslan was obsessed with comic books. He'd be the first to grab the latest issues off the shelves of the three local comic book stores, including four copies of the now legendary Fantastic Four #1. His favorite superhero was the brooding, crime-fighting vigilante, Batman. Despising the campy 1960s TV show, Uslan became determined to bring the real Batman—dark, serious, burdened by a tragic past—to the silver screen. Undeterred by Hollywood's initial lackluster response, after a ten-year human endurance contest in which every major movie studio turned him down, Uslan went on to become Executive Producer on every modern Batman film, beginning with Tim Burton's widely hailed Batman in 1989 to Christopher Nolan's celebrated Dark Knight trilogy and well beyond. Warmly told and inspiring, Uslan's remarkable story is a testament both to the profound imaginative power of comic book heroes and the tenacity of the New Jersey boy determined to bring one of them to life. This second edition includes a special foreword and afterword by Uslan, bringing us up to date on everything Batman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684351060
Publisher: Red Lightning Books
Publication date: 10/09/2019
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 737,104
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael E. Uslan is Originator and Executive Producer of the Batman movie franchise. He was the first instructor to teach an accredited course on comic book folklore at any university.

Table of Contents

Part I: How to Have an Origin Without a Planet Blowing Up, Parents Murdered, Radioactive Spider Bites, Cosmic Rays, Gamma Rays, White Dwarf Stars, Aliens Crash-Landing, a Magic Word, a Magic Hammer, or a Super Serum
CHAPTER ONE The Secret Origin of Michael Uslan, Comicbookman!
CHAPTER TWO Just Imagine! Team-Ups and Sidekicks!
CHAPTER THREE Paul and Michael... Brother, Power, the Geek!
CHAPTER FOUR Batman and Robin’s Dirty Secret!
CHAPTER FIVE Batman Begins... for Me!
CHAPTER SIX A Campy Batman on TV. "Holy Shit!"
CHAPTER SEVEN The Comic Book Club—No Girls Allowed!
CHAPTER EIGHT Pros and Cons and Con Artists!
CHAPTER NINE "And Then There Were None!"

Part II: "You Still Read Comic Books at Your Age?!"
CHAPTER TEN Good-Bye Smallville! Hello Metropolis!
CHAPTER ELEVEN The World’s First College Professor of Comic Books!
CHAPTER TWELVE I Was a Teenage Junior Woodchuck!
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Plan B: A Strange Costume for Batman and Robin,
A Strange Choice for Me!

Part III: Bloomington to Hollywood: How to Get There from Here!
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Life is Not a Comic Book!
CHAPTER FIFTEEN I Know What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men!
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Going Backward? Me, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and a Toyota!
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Raging Bullshit on a "Rocky" Road!

Part IV: At Long Last, the Dark Knight Returns!
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Ben and Me, the World’s Finest Producer Team!
CHAPTER NINETEEN Blackest Night: The Ten-Year Human Endurance Contest!
CHAPTER TWENTY Infinite Crises! The Human Endurance Contest Continues!
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE It’s the Stuff Dreams Are Made Of!

Part V: "Bats" of Luck
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO After the Dark Knight, the Brightest Day!
EPILOGUE The Road Taken, the Road Not Taken!

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The Boy Who Loved Batman 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Tootman More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect read for any dc comic batman fan. Check it out you won't be let down.
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Whos ur favorite super hero
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It s good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely written, very interesting. Great biography for anyone to read about striving for your goals.
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Slurpy More than 1 year ago
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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I like trains
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IS IT A SHOW OR A BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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.
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