Batman and Psychology

  • by Travis Langley, Michael Uslan, Dennis O’Neil
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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? This book:

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 worlds most popular comic book characters
Is written by a psychology professor and Superherologist (scholar of superheroes)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


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What made the experience of listening to Batman and Psychology the most enjoyable?

Pretty much everything. Really liked this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character..? In the Batman universe..? Oh, don't get me started. Not only is Batman himself awesome, but the series totally has the best rogues gallery.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As this is a non-fiction book, I can't point at a particular scene, but I can say that I enjoyed the way the book was put together. Superherologist Travis Langley takes a closer look at many of the characters, discussing them in the light of psychology - at some stage even discussing the fans in that same light.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I guess that'd be a documentary, and I'd just steal "A Dark and Stormy Knight" from the book. Very catchy.

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A factual look at fictional folk

Not only informative about the inner workings of character's minds, but a great starter course for psychology on general. It treats every subject totally seriously, no matter how ridiculous it is (with healthy doses of dry wit here and there), leading to a comprehensive examination of a wide array of topics, including comic book history.

Almost no stone is left unturned: the effect of losing a parent, what drives bat-foes to murder, how effective are Batman's crime fighting methods, does wearing a costume change your mentality and personality. From fear to love to nature to nurture, everything you've always wondered and things you may have never questioned.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios