Producer Michael Uslan Talks BATMAN VS SUPERMAN
Way back when, before comic book movies were as big as they are now, even before really a mainstream one had been made, a little known producer named Michael Uslan wanted the film rights to a character. Not just any character, one of DC’s most popular character’s, Batman. At the time he was looked at as out of his mind because the superhero movie game had yet to take off. Fast forward to 1989 and he is one of the executive producers on Tim Burton’s Batman.
Burton’s Batman has its flaws, but at the time was huge sucuess and spurred many sequels. Some were decent enough, others fans would like to forget about. However, he hit pay dirt when back in the early 2000s a director by the name of Christopher Nolan pitched his idea on how to reboot Batman in to a new age. The rest is history, with Nolan’s Batman franchise being one of the highest grossing sets of movies all time.
With all that he has done with Batman, Uslan has never set him up as part of a shared universe with other DC characters. Now he is getting that chance with Batman Vs. Superman (title pending). He knows Batman is in good hand with director Zack Snyder telling Electric Playground, “I feel great. First of all, Zack’s a fanboy. He loves these characters as much as any of us do. Everybody grows as filmmakers, as actors…all of us in life. If we don’t continue to evolve, something is radically wrong. It’s so interesting to see the evolution of it for everybody involved and to see the evolution of Batman, it’s exciting. Everybody is pumped up about it. It’s a chance for a new direction and it’s going to be something that people, I think, will just be so excited about.”
Then there is the Battfleck controversy, which Uslan admits that he didn’t really pay attention to. However, he has been through it before with Michael Keaton and Heath Ledger, so he knew what to expect. “I’m speaking now really more as a Bat fan than as the Bat producer,” he said. “We went through it all with Michael Keaton. I lead the charge the first time that I heard Tim was thinking of hiring Michael Keaton to play Batman. I thought ‘oh my God, all the work I’ve put in all these years to do a dark and serious Batman, he’s going to hire a comedian!’ I could envision the posters “Mr. Mom is Batman,” oh no! But then he explained his vision. He had a vision and he was right. It’s all about Bruce Wayne. It’s not all about Batman. It’s all about Bruce Wayne. If you’re trying to do a serious, dark, superhero, people have to believe in Bruce Wayne as that obsessed, driven guy to the point of almost being psychotic. A guy that would get dressed up as a bat and do what he did. We went through the hoopla with Michael Keaton. The fan were the same reaction that I had initial, though I had the benefit of hearing a vision right away. Then when they went to actually see the movie, they never wanted anyone else to play Batman. Never. A Number of years go by and then all of sudden the torches and pitchforks go up. “Oh my God! That guy that played the gay cowboy is going to be The Joker? They’re going to destroy the greatest supervillain in history.” Then after Heath Ledger’s performance, when they went to see it, nobody ever wanted The Joker played by another actor again.
Uslan is excited about the idea of Ben Affleck as his new Batman, because he believes that he can pull off the Bruce Wayne aspect of the role. “You look at his last bunch of movies…Hollywoodland, he had me convinced he was George Reeves. The Town, Argo, just really, really great quality work. Again, I’ll go back to what Tim said in the beginning- it’s all about Bruce Wayne. When you focus on a Bruce Wayne maybe in his mid-40s what’s he going to be feeling, what’s he going to be thinking, what does he have on his plate to deal with? I just couldn’t be more excited about it,” Uslan explained.
Our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman is hopefully coming any day now. Filming for Batman Vs. Superman has been pushed back to the beginning of the Summer in Michigan, although Superman, Henry Cavill, is already there. As well is director Zack Snyder, who is scouting locations. For the latest on Batman vs. Superman, make sure to check back here at Comic Book Therapy.
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