In 1989, “Batman” ushered in a new era of superhero cinema and one of the key behind-the-camera figures was Michael E. Uslan, a producer whose name has appeared in the credits of every Gotham City film released since that first landmark Tim Burton adventure.
Uslan is the author of a new book, “The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir,” and it’s packed with telling recollections and surprising revelations about the history of comics and masked-man films.
Uslan will be in Santa Monica on Sept. 23 for a 6:30 p.m. signing at the Every Picture Tells a Story shop and gallery and that will be followed, right across the street, with the American Cinematheque screening of “Batman” and the underrated 1992 sequel “Batman Returns.”
I’ll be interviewing Uslan on stage before the first films and plan to talk about his memoir and his long odyssey in pop culture — not only did Uslan write a memorable 1970s run of “The Shadow” for DC, in the same decade he taught the nation’s first accredited college course on comic books. But he also co-wrote a 1977 book called “Pow! Zap! Wham! Comic Book Trivia Quiz,” which I bought when it came out and still own. Maybe I will bring it along to the event — maybe I can stump Uslan with his own trivia.
– Geoff Boucher