Thursday, May 17, 2012
Anatomy of a Superhero - Superman vs. Batman
With "The Avengers" film on its way to becoming the fastest-grossing movie of all time, Hollywood's latest adaptation from the world of comics already smashed the box office record for the biggest U.S. opening weekend in history. Why do we have this love affair with heroes? Join us for this HearSay encore and an in-depth conversation about two comic icons: Batman and Superman.
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 this summer's upcoming The Dark Knight Rises.
Michael Uslan - Producer
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."
John Schneider - Actor
Dr. Avi Santo - Assistant Professor of Communication at Old Dominion University
Danny Fingeroth - Comic Book Writer, Editor, Author "Superman On The Couch"
Tom De Haven - Editor, Journalist, Professor of Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Author of It's Superman and Our Hero: Superman On Earth