90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, September 30, 2011

Fanboy Turned Batman Obsession Into Blockbuster Films

A young Michael Ulsan reading -- you guessed it -- "Batman."

A young Michael Ulsan reading -- you guessed it -- "Batman."

Author and producer Michael Uslan is a self-described comic book nerd. In the 1950’s, he would save his dimes and wait with bated breath for the new editions of Superman and Batman to hit the stands. He attended the very first comic book convention in 1964, and created the first college course that taught the mythology of comic book culture. And, as he chronicles in his new book, “The Boy Who Loved Batman,” he went on an odyssey to bring Batman to the silver screen.

In the 1970’s, movie executives actually laughed Uslan out of their offices, when he pitched the idea of turning the dark comic book version of Batman into a film. Part of the problem was the indelible image the movie industry had of Batman as an overgrown boyscout, based on Adam West’s campy portrayal of the Caped Crusader in the 1960’s TV series.

It would eventually take Uslan 10 years to bring Batman to movie theaters, first in Tim Burton’s films, starring Michael Keaton, and more recently in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series, which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

YouTube: Holy Shark Bait Batman!




Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 16 8 Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

Mike Leeper was Juror No. 5 in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

April 15 Comment

‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.

April 15 Comment

Watson Can Win ‘Jeopardy!’ But Can It Cook?

IBM has created a new cooking app called Chef Watson. Eliza Strickland threw a dinner party to find out if it works.

April 14 122 Comments

Turkish Professor Concludes There Was An Armenian Genocide

While Turkey denies the killings were genocide, a Turkish professor explains how she arrived at the opposite conclusion.