The Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office is bringing Hollywood producer Michael Uslan to Ringling College for a night of film discussion and insider storytelling on November 12.
Best known for his involvement with the Batman film franchise, Uslan was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Tim Burton’s 1989 film starring Michael Keaton and has been an executive producer for every live-action Batman film since, running through the Burton gems, the brief up and dismal down of the Schumacher reign, Christopher Nolan’s reinvention and now the Caped Crusader’s first live-action face-off with the Man of Steel himself in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, with Ben Affleck donning the cowl.
Unsurprisingly, his memoir is entitled The Boy Who Loved Batman.
In addition, Uslan has had a hand in many of the most acclaimed of Batman’s animated forays into the film world, including Mask of the Phantasm, The Dark Knight Returns, Under the Red Hood and the imaginative Gotham Knight. Other comic-related projects under Uslan’s belt include the underrated Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves, and Frank Miller’s The Spirit.
Uslan is the first instructor to teach an accredited college course about comic book folklore.
Uslan will be at Ringling College’s Academic Center on Nov. 12, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Watch clips from his various projects and hear the stories behind their creation. A Q&A with the audience will follow the presentation. The event is open to the public, but registration is required and costs $10.
Other notable Uslan projects: The Lego Movie, the surprise box-office smash of 2013, and National Treasure, the Nicolas Cage history-adventure vehicle.