Washington City Paper
by Mike Rhode
Dec. 7, 2011
Michael Uslan has to be one of the world’s most powerful comics fans. He attended the very first comic book convention in the 1960s, taught what was probably the first academic course for credit on comics, and was a producer of all the modern Batman movies. Now, he’s penned The Boy Who Loved Batman, about his love of comic books and how he turned it into a career. Uslan will speak tomorrow at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring. He spoke with me over the phone about making superhero movies, writing Archie comics, and dressing up as Sandman.
Washington City Paper: Your new book is an autobiography covering a specific part of your career?
Michael Uslan: Yeah, The Boy Who Loved Batman is about the boy who loved Batman, the ultimate fanboy geek who learned to read from comics before he was four, and the adventures and misadventures I had collecting comics, going to the world’s first comics convention ever held, becoming an early member of comics fandom, finding a way to incorporate my love of comic books and superheroes, in particular Batman, into my work and life with my attempt to restore dignity to Batman after the TV show and finding the ways for a blue-collar kid from New Jersey to make it to Hollywood to show them the potential of dark and serious Batman movies, even though I didn’t come from money, and couldn’t buy my way into Hollywood. I didn’t know anyone and didn’t have any relatives in the business, so it’s really my story of a life’s journey of what you can do to make your dreams come true—for me I was able to pull it off ultimately.