A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City's Caped Crusader, timed for the summer 2012 release of The Dark Knight Rises
Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say about us? Batman and Psychology explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?
Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City
Explains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world's most popular comic book characters
Written by a psychology professor and "Superherologist" (scholar of superheroes)
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1 . The Batman Book We Need and Deserve
Posted July 19, 2012 by William Booke , New Orleans, LAI just finished reading Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight and I know I'll read it again. It's that good. Greatly superior to Batman and Philosophy. This author really knows his stuff, for both the psychology and the Batman history, and explains it all well, clearly, smartly, sometimes wittily. There's lots on Batman and lots on the villains. The Joker gets a little more attention than most (how could he not?), but other villains get a fair shake too. Stuff on the Scarecrow and Mad Hatter particularly interested me for some reason. The King Tut analysis is pretty fun. It's more about the comics but gets into the movies and some TV too. Chapters on the criminals progress from real world world crime and then get into crazier crooks. Best book I've read in quite a while.
June 01, 2012
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