The Montclair Times: A Batman love story: Catching up with Michael Uslan before the Montclair Film Festival

April 27th, 2012

The Montclair Times
Friday April 27, 2012, 1:22 PM

Michael Uslan is the executive producer of the films “Batman,” “Batman Returns,” “Batman Forever,” “Batman and Robin,” “Constantine,” “The Spirit,” “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” which is the second highest grossing film of all time, and the upcoming film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Lately, he’s been sprinting around the country on an extensive book tour for his memoir, “The Boy Who Loved Batman.”

Our paths have crossed because my late father, Mort Weisinger, was editor-in-chief of Superman Comics for 30 years. It’s a small world when it comes to the web of superhero connections.

I caught up with Uslan at New York City ComicCon in October 2011, after he made a presentation about his book. His cheeks were flushed with excitement as he told me of his desire to motivate others to achieve their dreams, no matter how long and rocky the road might be. He knows. Perseverance is the backbone of his success. It took him 10 years from the time he bought the rights to Batman from DC Comics to get a studio commitment for the first “Batman” movie.

Here, in a later interview, Uslan shares some of his insights.

Kaffel: In your book, you wrote that comic characters inspired you when you were in challenging situations, rather than historic figures or people who made significant contributions to society. How do you explain that?

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