Michael Uslan, Originator and Executive Producer of the Batman film franchise, joined industry giants Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Charles Schultz when he received Comic-Con International's highest honor: the Inkpot Award.
The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the comic book and film arts industries. It came as a surprise, says Uslan, who was presented it during the recent San Diego Comic-Con International, the largest such event in the world.
"I am beyond thrilled!" he says. "I did not know that I was to be awarded with The Inkpot, and to be included with so many of the industry's heroes is truly humbling. I particularly want to congratulate my fellow 2012 winners!"
In a manner of speaking, Uslan grew up in the Gotham Universe and, since childhood, his dream was to have the world see his favorite superhero as he saw him. Despite many obstacles, Uslan held fast to his dreams as he methodically worked toward his goal, including teaching the first accredited college course on comic book folklore in 1972 and earning his law degree four years later.
His journey is documented in his new memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman (www.theboywholovedbatman.com)
"I was just a kid from the suburbs who loved comic books, but I had a dream and I wasn't going to stop till I made it come true," he says.
Now busy leading the charge on what may be the most critically-acclaimed comic-book movie to date, The Dark Knight Rises, Uslan was featured this week on The CW Television Network special "The Batmobile."
The Dark Knight Rises, the third movie in the Batman trilogy, opens July 20.
About Michael Uslan
Michael Uslan (www.theuslancompany.com) is the Originator, and Executive Producer, along with his partner Benjamin Melniker, of the Batman franchise of motion pictures. In his 36 years in the film and television industry, he has been involved with projects such as "National Treasure," "Constantine," and countless animated films. His work has earned Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. An authority on comic book history, he is the author of several books including his autobiography, "The Boy Who Loved Batman,'' now in bookstores and at amazon.com.