Strictly speaking, he’s not a superhero at all. He has no extraordinary powers, but he makes up for that with the use of his fortune. We’re talking about Gotham’s protector Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. For decades it has saved Gotham City from falling into the abyss. A new three-kilo book wants to tell its fans everything about the Dark Knight. Its success has lasted for more than 80 years. In a constantly changing world, it has crystallized into a fixed figure in the comic world. Andrew Farago, the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum San Francisco and the journalist Gina McIntyre, dedicate their sumptuous volume to the Dark Knight in comics, film and other media.
Its strength is its changeability. Batman was beaten so many times and kept getting up. Over the decades, the superhero has always been challenging to pin down. His public image sometimes changed dramatically from the comic hero to the strangely funny hero of the well-known TV series of the 1960s to the avenger in Frank Miller’s comics. The interpretations of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego are as diverse as life itself. Even as the hero of a Lego movie, Batman has succeeded in the meantime.
The book tells the well-known story of the avenger in chronological order. The story began in 1939. Detective Comics No. 27 was responsible for this. Since then, countless volumes, films, computer games and TV adaptations have appeared. The magnificent book shows that the comedy series of the 1960s was so wacky on purpose. William Dozier just wanted to make fun of the comics because he thought they were so crazy. Numerous quotes help reading understand how and why Batman had to go through so many changes over the decades. They make the motivation of the performers visible and complete the picture of the avenger. The director of the Lega Batman Movies even goes so far as to say that Batman and the Joker are secretly in love with each other.
The book is well suited for fans, but it avoids a cultural-scientific discussion of the topic. After all, Batman has been a fixture in pop culture for decades and has had a massive impact on numerous works. To this day, he is considered one of the most popular superheroes of all. All film adaptations attract a lot of attention. However, the authors didn’t leave criticism out of the book. The scriptwriter of the much-criticized Batman & Robin film openly declares that the team has failed in realizing the story.
However, fans get a lot from the comprehensive book. You have the opportunity to follow and trace the life path of your hero right from the start. The volume also contains many facsimiles, manuscript pages and code cards, and sketches of costumes and storyboards. Soon the subsequent film adaptation called The Batman will finally be released in theatres. Until then, Fand will have ample opportunity to find out more about the story of Bruce Wayne, alias Batman.