Comic books have endured a reputation as lurid literature but they’ve sparked the imagination of millions, including Michael Uslan, who became one of the highest grossing film producers in the industry and made Batman who he is today.Uslan was the executive producer of two decades of Batman movies, including the “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Night Rises.” He started out as a New Jersey kid from a blue collar family who loved comic books. He’ll be at Washington State University Wednesday to talk about his journey from fan to filmmaker and sign copies of his 2011 book, “The Boy Who Loved Batman,” the true story about his rise in Hollywood.
Uslan is a comic book author and expert. He’s written dozens of books charting the history of the comics, including “Mysteries in Space — A History of Science Fiction Comics.” He is credited with being the first person to create an accredited university course on comic book history and folklore. After getting a job at DC Comics, where he revived “The Shadow,” and getting a law degree, Uslan secured the film rights to Batman and began searching for a studio that could realize his vision for a darker, more serious hero.
Uslan hasn’t spent his entire life pursuing super heroes. He won an Emmy Award as executive producer of the children’s series “Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?” He also produced the PBS miniseries “Three Sovereigns for Sarah,” based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A book signing reception will follow the 7 p.m. lecture.
if you go
WHAT: Comic book enthusiast and movie producer Michael Uslan
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom, Washington State University, Pullman
COST: Free to WSU students, $5 for others