Book Review: Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight by Travis Langley

Recommend: For anyone and everyone who is a die-hard Batman fan and loves comic book. This book is also for those who want to know why he did what he did.

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Blurb: 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.

Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City.

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Genre: Non-Fiction; Psychology

Length: 352 Pages

Published: 2012 by Wiley

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Review

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Let us agree, here at the beginning, that Batman doesn’t exist…not in a way that you and I exist. However, this book would psychoanalyze Batman from his many origins and stories throughout the years whether in comic books, movies, and television series.

Batman and Psychology is focused on one of the world’s three best known comic book heroes in order to give us answers we’ve been asking ourselves:

  1. Why does he fight crime?
  2. Why as a vigilante?
  3. Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner?
  4. Why are his most intimate relationship with “bad girl” he ought to lock up?
  5. Why won’t he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?

The only way to answer all those questions is to understand his pasts, his acquaintances, and his foes whom have been thoroughly psychoanalyzed as well (for his enemies are in case studies of villains). By answering it, Langley put his effort into writing Batman and Psychology for all reader, especially the one who doesn’t have psychological background. It is fun to read as well.

While this book explains to us about reasons why Bruce Wayne became Caped Crusader, his analysis also reflect us human being as well. Langley explains it in the way that his answers can relate to some of our behavior and thinking. For example:

Thing that come easily to us, we undervalue. The more we suffer for something without sufficient external justification, the more we increase its perceived value so we don’t feel like idiots for putting up with it.

Before finished this review, I have to get this out. I was waiting and dying to read about Joker; however, even in the book like this one, I still didn’t learn much about him. The difference is now I know why Joker is so mysterious.

We just don’t know what’s going on inside his head and for storytelling purpose, it’ best that we don’t. Knowing he had specific mental illness might engender our sympathy.

For years to come, DC will explore more in cinematic universe. Batman and Psychology may help you enjoy the movies even more. At least, at some point, you may know why Batman stopped beating Superman to death because his mother name is Martha. Superhero

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