The Dark Knight Descends on the Asbury Park Boardwalk
While everyone knows Batman comes from Gotham City, did you know that the Batman movies actually came from Asbury Park?
Michael Uslan, executive producer of the Batman film franchise and one of Asbury Park's favorite sons, will be returning home on August 20, 2011 for a celebration of all things Batman to commemorate the release of his new memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman.
Michael's book tells his story of growing up around Asbury Park, feeding his imagination on a steady diet of Batman comic books. From the humble beginnings as the son of a mason - with no connections in Hollywood and no money to buy his way in - Michael eventually fulfilled his lifelong dream of turning his favorite childhood super-hero into a dark and serious movie giant. The Batman films have grossed nearly $2.7 billion in worldwide box office receipts, and Michael has succeeded in returning the character to his roots as a dark avenger fighting crime from the shadows.
During his 35 years in the film business, Michael has been executive producer of the Batman franchise of films starting with Tim Burton's 1989 tour de force Batman, as well as being involved with such films as National Treasure, Constantine and others. He won an Emmy Award for his animated series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego. He also was behind the PBS film Three Sovereigns for Sarah as well as the TV movie based on Robin Cook's bestseller Harmful Intent. In addition, he has also authored a children's book and a book about Rock and Roll with Dick Clark.
On August 20, the Asbury Park Boardwalk will celebrate Batman in a series of events and book signings, culminating in a screening of 1989's Batman hosted by Michael himself.
The schedule includes:
Noon - 1:30PM: The day starts off at 12 PM at The Sundry Times, Asbury's own quirky, clever and fun beach shop and news stand, where fans will have their first opportunity to meet Michael live and in person to purchase their copy of The Boy Who Loved Batman and have it signed. Enjoy the unique, relaxed, and refreshing beach setting as Michael meets each lucky fan individually. This signing will end at 1:30PM, but don't worry, there's plenty more excitement at our next stop, Watermark.
2:00PM - 4:00PM: Located at the top of the First Avenue Pavilion on the AP Boardwalk, Watermark is an upscale lounge. Expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean combine with a refined beach aesthetic to create a hip, understated and thoroughly inviting setting that's perfect for a very special discussion and Q & A afternoon with Michael. Join us from 2:00PM to 4:00PM as Michael takes questions in this intimate insider look behind this amazing author and producer's career.
6:00PM - 8:00PM: The next stop is The Beach Bar, located off of the 5th Avenue Boardwalk on the Oceanside deck adjacent to the world famous Convention Hall. Nothing spells F-U-N like a day at the beach! And that's exactly what you can expect at The Beach Bar, when you join Michael and friends from 6:00PM to 8:00PM for a little R&R. Enjoy specialty beverages while you take in the unbelievable view - miles of ocean glittering in the sunset sky at this breathtaking location.
8:30PM - 10:30PM: Finally, finish this amazing day with a very special night! Here's a treat you won't experience anywhere else - a screening of the iconic, well-loved classic 1989 original Batman film on the beach with a special introduction from Michael. Re-live all of the thrilling action, dark beauty, and enthralling adventures in this epic film experience, like you never have before! The 3rd Avenue Beach will be transformed at 8:30PM into the most unique movie theatre you've ever been to! Enjoy this film experience with the sand under your feet, waves behind you and the moonlit sky overhead.
10:30PM: And if you were busy having too much fun to get your book signed on this amazing day, don't worry! After the movie ends at 10:30PM, head back to the place it all started, The Sundry Times for a chance to have your very own copy of The Boy Who Loved Batman personally autographed by Michael!
Batmobiles In The Grand Arcade
Acting as the heart of the Asbury Park Oceanfront, guests are perennially pleased with the grace, beauty and grandeur contained in this well loved jewel of the Jersey Shore. Crowds course through The Grand Arcade throughout the year to enjoy the myriad of shops and restaurants this enormous breezeway has to offer. Today will be a very special day at The Grand Arcade, where John Brown of Gotham City Supercars will bring Batmobiles for display to the public!
To find out more about Michael Uslan, please visit www.theboywholovedbatman.com.
913 Ocean Ave.
In Asbury Park, NJ
At the corner of Second and Ocean
The Convention Hall, the Paramount Theatre and the Grand Arcade were designed by architects Warren and Wetmore. The duo also designed New York City's Grand Central Station.