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Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Gray Publishing (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615306411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615306414
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Coming just in time for the release this summer of Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Scivally's work is essential reading for anyone interested in the cowled crime fighter's rise from comic book hero to international icon." - Publisher's Weekly

Customer Reviews

I felt like I was reading a Wikipedia entry.
Wilmetter
The author makes use of interviews he has researched by extricating what in them is most relevant and interesting.
Natalie
Scivally has done a masterful job, filled with details, but just as gripping as any Batman adventure!
John Cork

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Cork on January 2, 2012
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on October 26, 2012
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stupidwankers on December 27, 2011
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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.
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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.
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I did not actually finish this book, which is unusual. It does not have much of a narrative arc. Rather, it reads much like a book report. It states a series of facts and dates in chronological order. I felt like I was reading a Wikipedia entry. This is such a great story to be told about Bob Kane and Bill Finger. That is not this book. This is mostly about Batman in other media and is not particularly interesting on that story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gill_man on February 13, 2012
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Scivally has done a remarkable job of collecting and synthesizing a huge amount of research material to present a thorough and cogent overview of one of the most significant media properties/icons in American popular culture. This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in all things Batman.
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BRUCE SCIVALLY is a film historian, professor and writer who teaches film classes at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and Columbia College when not working on film history books. His latest book, "Billion Dollar Batman," traces the history of the Dark Knight in radio, serials, TV and movies.

Scivally previously wrote "Superman on Film, Television, Radio & Broadway" and co-authored "James Bond: The Legacy." He has also written articles for Filmfax, Variety, High Life and British Esquire.

Before moving to Chicago, Scivally produced and wrote documentaries for Special Edition DVD releases of the James Bond films, Alfred Hitchcock movies, the Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto series, The Pink Panther, The Great Escape, Legally Blonde, A Fish Called Wanda, A Bridge Too Far, Doris Day and Alice Faye films, and many others.

To learn more about Bruce and his books, visit www.BruceScivally.com.


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