MARQUETTE, Mich.—The originator and executive producer of the Batman movie series—from Tim Burton’s 1989 film to The Dark Knight in 2008—will speak at Northern Michigan University. Michael Uslan’s presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in room 102 Jamrich Hall. Admission is free for NMU students and $2 for non-students. Uslan will discuss his decade-long journey to bring a serious, dark version of Batman to the silver screen. He secured the film rights to "Batman" from DC Comics in 1979. He was turned down by every studio in Hollywood for one consistent reason: Batman was from the funny pages and wasn’t supposed to be taken “seriously.” Ten years later, "Batman" was the highest grossing film of the year, breaking numerous box office records and spawning a genre of films adapted from comics. Uslan shares the principles that allowed him to persevere despite repeated rejection and encourages audiences to reach for their dreams and believe in themselves. The presentation is sponsored by Platform Personalities.