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Billion Dollar Batman by [Scivally, Bruce]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8524 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Gray Publishing (20 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ONVW7M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #461,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x89ff215c) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89d67cd8) out of 5 stars The inside story of the world's most famous comic book hero! 3 Jan. 2012
By John Cork - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If there is one movie you will likely see this summer, no matter what, it is THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. How did this happen? How did a comic book hero, first relegated to serials, buffeted with silly, over-sized props on the printed page, become a sensation in the 60s, a phenomenon in the 90s and a juggernaut today? Billion Dollar Batman tells this story, and tells it brilliantly!

Scivally reveals the inside story here. He digs deep into the archives to explore the machinations behind the creation of the comic book and cinema hero: the back-stabbing, stolen credits and big money gambles that both nearly killed the Caped Crusader and propelled him to ever-lasting fame. This is a tale where Gothem City meets Hollywood, and it is brimming with shattered dreams, moguls and movie stars. Scivally takes the time to explore not just the story of the making of the films, but the great stories of some of the remarkable people entrusted with breathing life into Batman and Robin and the host of silly villains that they battle. From the farce of the iconic television series to the grim hyper-reality of the Christopher Nolan films, Batman has undergone more transformations than Lady Gaga's hair.

What Scivally does in this book is weave a number of tales. He reveals the strange biography of the fictional character, but more so, he explores the egos and personalities of those who made Batman a hero on the big and small screen. I read an advance copy, and was blown away by the depth with which Scivally dug to link not just the story of Batman to those who had a vested interest in the character, but to the wider story of the film and television industry at the time. This is a great read for fans of film history and fans of Batman. You will come out loving the resilience of the character, but more, you will find yourself drawn into the human story of so many who played a role in Batman's rise to fame.

Most potent of these tales for me were the stories of Bob Kane and Lewis Wilson. Most Batman fans will know Kane's name, but I would be surprised if many knew the whole story revealed in this book. Only a select few will know Lewis Wilson, the first actor to play Batman on screen. Full disclosure: I know Wilson's incredibly successful and talented son. But I never knew all of this story, and it is quite moving.

This is also a story of the changing nature of Hollywood: how B-pictures became tentpoles, how genre, action films went from Sunday afternoon serials to summer blockbusters. Scivally has done a masterful job, filled with details, but just as gripping as any Batman adventure!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89d6a5c4) out of 5 stars Excellent compendium 26 Oct. 2012
By Natalie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bruce Scivally has produced from comprehensive research and his own experience in television and film a very readable volume that touches on every aspect of the history of Batman except the animated series. He writes about those involved with the character's production from the superhero's conception as a comic up through the second film in the most recent incarnation of the Black Knight's story.
The author makes use of interviews he has researched by extricating what in them is most relevant and interesting. He tells selected anecdotes succinctly and entertainingly. Much is covered in the book: how stars and supporting actors were picked, how costumes and the Batmobile were created, how filming went, the music, the producers, directors - in short, nothing is left out. Nothing is boring, either.
The book is beautifully edited and proofread. There are no typos. Grammar is excellent. Footnotes and index exquisite.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89d6a858) out of 5 stars Best. Book. Ever. 27 Dec. 2011
By stupidwankers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you have ever wondered how a character is conceptualized or why a certain movie was made? Then you need to pick up this book. This book is everything it needs to be, a complete history of Batman. From the mind of Bob Kane to the world of Nolan and everything in-between. This book is a must have for any die hard nerd, geek or fan.
HASH(0x89d67804) out of 5 stars Great Book on the Origins of the popular media Batman 23 Jan. 2012
By ANDY FISH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Unlike most books which examine the history of the Batman character on film and television, this one delves into both serials from the 1940s as well as Batman's appearances on the popular Superman radio show. The author was able to dig up information I've never read before and I consider myself pretty knowledgable on the history of the character.

The look at the treatment of many of the artists who worked with creator Bob Kane is even more in-depth compared to anything we've seen before. A lot has been written, but the idea that Kane managed to gain ownership of the Batman character through the 1950s explains a lot in considering his being one of the few creators (the ONLY) of the Golden Age who parlayed his creation into real wealth. Sadly most of the artists and writers who started the comic book industry died in poverty or lower middle class lifestyles, Kane walked on the backs of talent and built an empire to rival Bruce Wayne's (at least the original version of Wayne who was simply a millionaire and not the mega billionaire he's played today).

Great book-- I HIGHLY recommend it. They should have given some additional thought to the cover design though, when I first saw it I thought it was a self published e-book, but this is the real deal.
Great for any fan of Batman, or of the creation of the comics industry and it's original flirtations with Hollywood up through today's mega blockbuster films.
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
a pretty good book. the author does a great job providing background for each film. another great thing about this book is that is provides excellent background material of each of the principal actors of each movie.

the authors thesis is simple. Batman is a billion dollar industry. though at times the author gets bogged down with too much material his research is complete and extensive. however he does assume that you have already seen all of the Batman movies. this book might be difficult to understand if you havent. i recommend that you watch them prior to reading.
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