It was a guy from the Jersey Shore, Michael Uslan, who is responsible for the Batman movies, and perhaps the whole Marvel series being turned into blockbuster films.

Had it not been for Uslan buying the rights to Batman with a partner, the movies and the whole superhero craze may have never happened.

Michael grew up as a comic book fan in Ocean Township and now lives in Essex County. He even wrote a book about his passion for Batman in 2011 called "The Boy Who Loved Batman."

He worked for DC comics in the 1970s and bugged the president, Sol Harrison, for the movie rights.

Harrison told Uslan that since the TV show in the sixties ended, the brand was dead. He persisted and after six months of negotiations bought the movie rights along with his partner Benjamin Melniker.

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After 10 long years of pitching the movie idea, it finally made it to theatres in 1989 starring Michael Keaton.

The latest Batman film is currently doing well again at box offices around the world. It's simply titled "The Batman," and yes you will see Michael Uslan's name in the credits as executive producer.

Had it not been for this Jersey guy's passion for the comic book superhero and his persistence in buying the movie rights the whole superhero movie phenomenon may have never happened.

Check out his book, even if you're not a superhero movie fan. It's a great read and a tale of another New Jersey native who did what many people didn't think could be done.

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The Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Brewpubs

From the website that gave you the "Friendliest bars" and places to watch the game, comes the ultimate guide to New Jersey brewpubs.

So what's a "brew pub"?

According to Thompson Island's Article on the differences between a craft brewery, microbrewery, brewpub & gastropub, it says:
"A brewpub is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on-site in combination with significant food services. At a brewpub, the beer is primarily brewed for sale inside the restaurant or bar. Where it's legally allowed, brewpubs may sell beer to go or distribute it to some offsite destinations."

New Jersey has tons of Brewpubs, some of which have been around for years and some that have just opened in the past year.

Here is a full list of the 21 brewpubs in New Jersey according to New Jersey Craft Beer:

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