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Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight | [Travis Langley, Michael Uslan, Dennis O'Neil]

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

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?
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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.

©2012 Travis Langley (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer Oslo, Norway 02/12/2013
    Amazon Customer Oslo, Norway 02/12/2013 Member Since 2011

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    "Interesting!"
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sara 27/05/2015
    Sara 27/05/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "very entertaining"

    I was very happy to find this book and it had been a real eye opener not just into the mind of one of my favourite superhero s but into the world of psychology. I enjoyed a lot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Christopher G Curtis 02/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant."

    This book is a interesting & entertaining look into the world of Batman, his Rogues gallery and gotham.
    With great narration.

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    Niall Manchester, United Kingdom 20/02/2014
    Niall Manchester, United Kingdom 20/02/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating if not for audio"

    The primary issue with these books is that they don't really make great audio books. While interesting, and worth the read, this is a textbook with a clever theme. Listing to someone read a list of two pages of phobias is, frankly, not good. Almost certainly better as a reference book (ebook or paper) than an audiobook.

    Obviously the "story" sucks, but it's an interesting thing to read anyway.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Fun, Informative and Highly Recommended"

    An engaging, creative, and surprisingly thorough introduction to psychology that never strays too far from its focus: Batman and the world in which he lives. For anyone interested in Batman, the psychology of superheroes (as well as super criminals), or psychology in general – with plenty of applications to real life – this is a terrific book.

    Regarding the narration: it is simply outstanding. The highest compliment you can give to a narrator is that he or she is so good that the listener forgets about the reader and simply hears the story. (We tend to notice narrators only when they "intrude" on the content, distracting us in some way from the book. That simply doesn't happen here.) The tone, cadence, inflection - everything - is just right. The result is a fun and informative listening experience that I plan to enjoy again and again.

    I think so much of the audiobook that I have already recommended it to a friend with deep expertise in the field, believing that he would enjoy the creative exploration of both the character of Batman and the field of psychology.

    Well worth the time. Hence: Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Simona
    30/04/15
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    "A fun, captivatingly analytic read"

    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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gervásio
    08/06/15
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    "Highly recommended!"

    Great analysis of the characters surrounding Batman plus a good introduction to fascinating concepts in psychology and psychiatry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marguerite McDonald
    08/06/15
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    "Am I following a psychopath?"

    This is a great book, but only if you are a HUGE Batman fan or a fan of Psychology. It was written with extreme perfection and a lot of background from the comics and movies/shows for its proof of opinions. If you are a psychology major or minor, you will enjoy it, because that's how a portion of the book is written. And if you are a Batman fan and can make it through a lot of psychology terms and "speech" you will enjoy it as well.
    Don't read or listen to this, if you are looking for a nice easy read. I won't lie, it reads like a psychology textbook from my/your college years. But I believe that might've been the point.
    Langley is definitely a big fan, possibly even bigger than me, lol. Definitely bigger than me, actually.
    This book will definitely give you a whole new view of Batman/Bruce Wayne and some of his villains, and when you read the comics/trades, you won't look at them the same way you would have when you first read them or when you read new issues/trades now.
    This is your warning. Your view of this universe WILL change after reading/listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    27/05/15
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    "A must read for both comic fans and students"

    Mike Chamberlain does an outstanding job reading this book and keeping you engaged with the material. Beyond him, is Mr. Langley's respectful and insight into the weaving of psychology with the Batman mythos. I was enthralled the entire time and was enlightened to connections I had never considered. This book goes back to the beginning of the Batman title and documents the different variations which have arisen. This title is one I look forward to hearing again and using as a reference in debates with friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guillermo
    22/05/15
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    "Great Book"

    I really enjoyed the case files over all Batman's enemies. The overview over the the history of Batman's history will leaving you asking more questions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend
    19/05/15
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    "Most informative novel about the world of Batman."

    I've learned so much not just about Batman, but also about the psychological aspects of his reality that makes him almost real. it's fantastic!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason D. Hata
    NJ
    11/05/15
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    "Very well done"

    Not only does this book dive deep into almost everything in the Batman lore, but explores every form of media in order to analyze Batman and other characters. Well researched, from siting references to providing profiles of each character and villan. The narator did a very good job and sounding enthusiastic. He also did a nice Heath Ledger Joker impression.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James Welsh
    Orange Ca.
    04/05/15
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    "so interesting"

    much more than I expected it to be. I learned a lot from this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Celeste
    12/04/15
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    "Love it! ❤️"

    I love the psychology and the analysis of the characters. The performance is good, it's nice to listen to, and I recommend this audio book to everyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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