Zehr, E. Paul. Becoming Batman: The possibility of a superhero. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2008.
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0801890632
BibTeX citation key: Zehr2008
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Keywords: "Batman", Body, Sciences, Superhero, USA
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press (Baltimore)
Possessing no supernatural powers, Batman is the most realistic of all the superheroes. His feats are achieved through rigorous training and mental discipline, and with the aid of fantastic gadgets. Drawing on his training as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist, E. Paul Zehr explores the question: Could a mortal ever become Batman?
Zehr discusses the physical training necessary to maintain bad-guy-fighting readiness while relating the science underlying this process, from strength conditioning to the cognitive changes a person would endure in undertaking such a regimen. In probing what a real-life Batman could achieve, Zehr considers the level of punishment a consummately fit and trained person could handle, how hard and fast such a person could punch and kick, and the number of adversaries that individual could dispatch. He also tells us what it would be like to fight while wearing a batsuit and the amount of food we’d need to consume each day to maintain vigilance as Gotham City’s guardian.
Table of Contents
James Kakalios: Foreword
I. Bat-Building Blocks: Exploring what Batman became by beginning where he started
II. Basic Batbody Training: Laying the foundation for Batman’s physical prowess to be later exploited by his skill
III. Training the Batbrain: Batman on the path to mastery of the martial arts
IV. Batman in Action: Knight moves with Batman when he acts as the Caped Crusader
V. A Mixed Batbag: Pondering possible pitfalls along the path to bathood
Appendix: Batman’s Training Milestones (265)
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