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  • Batman and Psychology

  • A Dark and Stormy Knight
  • By: Travis Langley, Michael Uslan, Dennis O’Neil
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Informative and Highly Recommended

  • By WCCC on 02-02-15

A fun, captivatingly analytic read

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Reviewed: 04-30-15

Anyone who's questioned (or been curious about) the plausibility or motivations of a superhero would gain much by reading.listening to this book. Langely does a brilliant job of covering many aspects of Batman's psychosis by comparing and contrasting him to the villains, sidekicks, love interests, father figures & other characters he comes in contact with. The entire range of Batman stories, from gritty graphic novels to campy TV series, are included in his analysis.

An extensive knowledge of Batman in all his forms is not necessary at all to understand the materials he draws from. That said, it makes it much easier to envision the various Batmans if you've had at least some exposure to the Nolan films, the Shoemaker & Burton films, the Adam West show, and/or Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns.

Langely goes through the gamut of major psychological discoveries and disorders, but here again he does an excellent job of introducing these concepts to non-psychology readers while keeping his analysis interesting for those, like myself, who are.

I particularly loved the case file on Harley Quinn because I've always asked myself, if she's a likable/good person, why does she always run back to the obviously evil & crazed murder, the Joker?

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