Sunderland writer pens the history of Batman

Gary Collinson
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When Gary Collinson starting writing film reviews in his spare time, he did not think it would lead to much.

But now not only does he run a critically-acclaimed website, he is about to have a book published.

The 30-year-old tutor from Sunderland College has had the green light for Holy Franchise, Batman!, a book about the screen history of the Dark Knight, which will be out in bookshops next year.

The idea came from an article about the Caped Crusader he wrote on his website Flickering Myth, which was nominated for best blog at this year’s Total Film Awards.

He said: “The thing that struck me was just how much information there is about it and how much I had to leave out, and I thought it would make an interesting book.

“There are already books about the various films and the television series, but none that ties everything together.

“So I put a proposal together and sent it off to a few publishers and got a reply from one saying they were interested.”

In May, London-based Robert Hale Publishing asked Gary to submit a 100,000-word manuscript of his book for its editors to look at.

He added: “When I got a letter back from Robert Hale I was really excited, but nervous at the same time. It sunk in that there was 70 years of history I’d have to cover and do it justice.

“I had a four-month window to write it in, which has just finished.

“The book is now with the publishers and they’ve accepted it.

“If all goes well it could be released next May.”

The next instalment of the Batman movie series - The Dark Knight Rises – is due to be released in July, which Gary hopes will help his book.

“I don’t expect it to be a major seller, but the release date will tie in nicely with the book’s release.

“To be honest, I’m not a big comic book fan. Movies are more my things and I love them.

“I just have to wait and see what happens now. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing after this.

“There are a few ideas floating about, but I’m exhausted after finishing this and working full-time as well, so I might take some time to recharge my batteries.”

Click here to keep up to date with the book’s progress.