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Billion Dollar Batman

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Since his creation in 1939, Batman has become one of the most popular characters in fiction. From his humble roots in dime comic books, he grew to become a serial hero, a frequent guest star on the Superman radio show, and then the star of his own explosively successful TV series, spawning a nationwide epidemic of Batmania. After Batman became a movie star, his thrilling e ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Henry Gray Publishing
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Bufo Calvin
Mar 01, 2014 Bufo Calvin rated it really liked it
This is not a book about Batman in the comics, nor does it consist of original interviews.

It's a work of scholarship, gathering together quotations from a variety of sources to support a history of (primarily) the movie adaptations (and live-action, but not animated series) of Batman, spanning from the original 1943 serial to 2008's The Dark Knight.

Scivally does an excellent job giving you the context of the time. What did it take to get the Batman movies made? What studio politics affected what
Scott Waldyn
Aug 15, 2012 Scott Waldyn rated it really liked it
At times, Bruce Scivally can run dry, but this book is superbly informative about many of the aspects behind the Batman films, Batman's creation, radio attempts and television spots. It's well-researched, and it's obviously written from the perspective of a fan.

Though Scivally tries to incorporate jokes and humor when available, he tries to stay objective when talking about some of the films that are generally frowned upon (Batman and Robin, anybody?). Is he completely objective? No. Sometimes
Stephen O' Mahony
Mar 14, 2013 Stephen O' Mahony rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Despite my unequivocal love of all things Batman, my knowledge on the character, the universe in which he delivers his signature brand of justice we have all fallen for, and the history of his conception leave a little to be desired. So, upon hearing mention of Scivally's history of the IP on Kevin Smith's Fatman on Batman podcast, I knew I had to pick it up.

I'm not a great reader of non-fiction, I must admit, so I did wonder whether close-on 500 pages would sustain my interest despite my profes
Jacob Van Houtan
Jun 06, 2014 Jacob Van Houtan rated it really liked it
This is a goo book that any Batman fan should get. It is a great behind the scenes story of Batman through history and you should definitely get it if you are. Great book and well written.
Larry Friedman
May 08, 2014 Larry Friedman rated it it was ok
This book is well researched and . . . well, that's about it. It strikes me as a series of facts tracing the mostly cinematic history of Batman without much in the way of a compelling narrative. It is kind of like reading an extended Wikipedia entry. On the plus side, it is chock full of interesting factual detail.
Jun 04, 2014 Alan rated it liked it
Informative look at Batman's history outside of comic books: radio, TV, animation, and movies. A longer review is here:
Jul 30, 2013 Alan rated it it was amazing
Anyone who is a Batman fan will love this book. Highly recommended!
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