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Melniker and Uslan had worked together since 1979, when they first met about the prospect of bringing Batman to the big screen. Over the next decade there were a few attempts to get projects off the ground, and their aspirations were realized in 1989 when Batman became a blockbuster smash. Since then, their names have been connected to almost every Batman film that has received a wide release, including Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and most recently Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold. It’s safe to say, then, that without Melniker, there may not have been a cinematic Batman.

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