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- 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: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #461,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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!
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.
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.
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.