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NYC – The Boy Who Loved Batman Lecture


Michael Uslan appears at MoCCA on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 7 – 9pm.

Press Release:

Come celebrate our new exhibitions with Michael Uslan, and hear how “The Boy Who Loved Batman” conquered Hollywood to bring the Dark Knight to the silver screen.

Admission: $5/ free for MoCCA Members
Michael Uslan has helped to bring some of the most memorable films to the big screen. He is the executive producer of films such as Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Constantine, The Spirit, Batman Begins, and the second highest grossing film of all time, The Dark Knight.

His most recent project is the newly released memoir The Boy Who Loved Batman, the true story of how a middle class boy from New Jersey grew up to be an executive producer of one of the most successful film franchises of all time.

Michael Uslan’s comic writing credits include the critically-acclaimed revival of The Shadow for DC Comics, Archie Comics, Terry and the Pirates, Stan Lee’s Just Imagine Batman, Batman: Detective #27 graphic novel, the comics history America At War – A History of War Comics, Mysteries in Space – A History of Science Fiction Comics, The Pow! Zap! Wham! Comic Book Trivia Quiz Book, and many others. He is a recipient of an Emmy Award as Executive Producer of the popular children’s series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, an Annie Award for the animated movie Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker, and a Peoples Choice Award for the movie Batman.

In 2008 the film The Dark Knight became one of the highest grossing films of all time, and cemented the Batman film series as one of the most successful film franchises ever. This achievement was no surprise to Michael Uslan, the man who had dreamed of making a dark, serious Batman film since he was a child, and had (with his partner Benjamin Melniker) acquired the rights to the films in 1979. For the majority of his life, he believed in the power and universality of the Batman story, and was determined to bring a sophisticated take to theaters, even when the industry believed it was a property best left for children. In his personal memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman, Uslan shares his story— starting with his humble beginnings as a comics-obsessed New Jersey boy (who entered college with 30,000 comics in his collection), to his early renown as the creator of the first college course on comics. Uslan recounts how his summer employment at DC Comics lead to him writing for The Shadow and, in a fulfillment of his dream, Batman.  He reveals the behind-the-scenes drama behind securing the right to produce Batman films, and reinvigorated the Dark Knight as the powerful, serious hero that audiences love. Along the way readers will meet the greats of the comic book world such as Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Stan Lee; learn the back-story on the surprising but inspired casting of Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker; and gain insight into the turbulent politics and economy of Hollywood.
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art.  The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs.   The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City.  MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12:00-5:00 pm.  Suggested donation to the museum is $6 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 10 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult).  For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, contact MoCCA President and Chairman Ellen S. Abramowitz at eabramowitz@moccany.org.

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