Photo: Courtesy of Indiana University
This week, I did a quick interview with Michael Uslan, author of The Boy Who Loved Batman
and Executive Producer of The Dark Knight Rises
along with every Batman
movie since 1989. He’s fresh off a weekend at Comic-Con, where anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises has reached critical mass.
Michael, everyone here at Geekadelphia is foaming at the mouth because we are simply excited about the final installment in the trilogy! This is the
first second time the world is introduced to Bane on the big screen. (The first time was in Batman and Robin)
In the comic books, we know him simply as the unstoppable juggernaut who broke Batman’s back.To those that are familiar with this villain, how well do you feel Tom Hardy did in bringing him to life? How much more hand-to-hand combat are we in for?
Michael Uslan: He IS Bane! The combat sequence is amazing, thanks to the cinematic genius of Christopher Nolan.
Was Tom the ultimate choice from the start? Are you at liberty to say who else might have been considered for the part?
MU: I was ruled out early on… probably because instead of playing sports my whole life, I just read comic books.
Let’s talk a little about one of your panels from Comic-Con, the one titled “Is Batman broken—or is Bruce Wayne crazy for dating Catwoman?” Here’s what I’m wondering… since Batman is not, in fact, crazy… is it really that bad for a hero of his caliber to be (pardon the pun) a bit batty?
MU: There is NOTHING wrong with Batman! His humanity, anchored by Alfred and Jim Gordon, and his upbringing by his parents, would never allow him to cross the line.
Why Catwoman over Rachel or Vicki Vale? Ask Archie why he leaves Betty in a flash whenever Veronica walks by!
Melissa (my fiancee) told me that you scripted the whole Archie Marries Veronica storyline – what kind of similarities does Archie have with Batman or Bruce Wayne?
MU: See above.
You probably have a ton of movie-premiere related matters to attend to so let’s finish this off with a quick question – Who would win in a real fight: Christian Bale or Tom Hardy?
MU: Their lawyers.
And that’s it – Thank you so much for your time Michael!
I personally can’t wait to go to the movies with my fiancee this weekend.
The Dark Knight Rises
is available in theaters July 20. Better grab your IMAX tickets in advance, people!
Edit: I totally forgot that Bane was in Batman and Robin. Shame on me, I even saw that movie in theaters! Thanks for catching that, Erich!