Is any superhero cooler than Batman? He s a crime-fighting vigilante with a sad prior, a lawless perspective, and a doubtless unending offer of high-tech gadgetry. during this totally illustrated memoir, writer Michael Uslan recollects his trip from early adolescence fandom via to the a long time he spent on a caped campaign of his personal: to carry Batman to the silver display because the darkish, critical personality he used to be at middle. Uslan's tale lines his direction from the wilds of latest Jersey to the limelight of Hollywood, following his paintings as govt manufacturer on each Batman movie from Tim Burton s 1989 re-envisioning to 2012's The darkish Knight Rises. via all of it, he helped to create essentially the most profitable popular culture franchises of all time.
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