The Boy Who Loved Batman

The Boy Who Loved Batman

Michael E. Uslan
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Format: Paperback 95 color illus., 60 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-1-68435-106-0
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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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!