Wednesday, October 19
Anatomy of a Superhero
Segment A: The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir
Batman is a crime-fighting vigilante with a tragic past, a lawless attitude, and a seemingly endless supply of high-tech gadgetry. In his new book, "The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir", Michael Uslan recalls his journey from early childhood fandom through to the decades he spent on a caped crusade of his own: to bring Batman to the silver screen as the dark, serious character he was at heart. Uslan's story traces his path from the wilds of New Jersey to the limelight of Hollywood, following his work as Executive Producer on every Batman film from Tim Burton's 1989 re-envisioning to 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Through it all, he helped to create one of the most successful pop culture franchises of all time.
Segment B: The Man of Steel: Superman Exposed
His only weakness is Kryptonite, but some will argue that humanity itself is his greatest one. The Man of Steel, Superman, has been around since his comic debut in 1938 through many incarnations. In this half of the program, we'll examine why this iconic character has endured through interviews with two authors, Tom DeHaven and his book "Our Hero: Superman on Earth," and Danny Fingeroth with "Superman on the Couch."