The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir By Michael Uslan [Review]
What kid hasn’t dreamed about bringing Batman to life? Even the non comic book reading children know who the iconic Dark Knight is, and I’d wager you’d be hard pressed to find a child who, hadn’t (at some point) pretended to be the Caped Crusader saving Gotham from the Joker. While this is a childhood dream, how many adults can step up and say they actually achieved it? In The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir, Michael Uslan does just that.
From the first pages of his memoir, Uslan draws in the reader with antidotes of growing up in a middle class family in New Jersey, his love for comic books, and how he took his fanboy vision to Hollywood. It has to be said, though, that Ulsan’s story isn’t just about the glitz and glam of Hollywood. When he first pitched the idea of a Batman film, studios basically laughed at him. How would a comic book translate to the big movie screen? With a lot of determination, passion, and sacrifice, Uslan was able to make his childhood dream a reality.
What I loved most about The Boy Who Loved Batman was the message that Uslan gives readers. He not only allows us to see how he bent the rules and thought outside the box; but encourages those reading his story to do the same. Nothing that Uslan earned came easily, but his ability to wade through the rejection allows him to share lessons that will carry over into any reader’s life.
I have nothing bad to say about this memoir. It was entertaining, heartwarming, and at some points hilariously funny. I’m an avid comic book reader (Batman being my favorite) so the subject matter really appealed to me as well. However it is not necessary to be a comic fan to enjoy The Boy Who Loved Batman. I feel that everyone should pick up this book. The images are wonderful and Uslan tells an amazing tale of his achievements. It would me a perfect gift for the comic lover on your Holiday list!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Chronicle Books | Pages: 256 | Source: Publisher
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