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Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero

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Publication date  2008
Pages  300
Originally published  2008
Genre  Non-fiction
Country  Canada
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Language  English
Media type  Print (Hardcover)
ISBN  978-0-8018-9063-5
Author  E. Paul Zehr
Page count  300
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Subject  Physiology and Superhero comics
Publisher  Johns Hopkins University Press
Similar  Batman books, Non-fiction books

Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero is a 2008 science book by neuroscience professor E. Paul Zehr. The book was first published on November 7, 2008 through Johns Hopkins University Press and covers how much an ordinary person would need to train and adapt to become Batman. Becoming Batman is unique in its explicit analysis of whether or not it is actually possible for a human being to achieve Batman status through training.

Contents

Synopsis

In the book Zehr goes over the amount of physical training that would be necessary for someone to become Batman. Zehr draws upon his knowledge as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist to do this, and covers topics such as what it would be like to fight in a superhero uniform as well as what a person's daily dietary requirements would be. Becoming Batman is unique in its explicit analysis of whether or not it is actually possible for a human being to achieve Batman status through training.

Reception

The Guardian gave a mostly positive review for Becoming Batman, remarking that Zehr's " grasp of Chinese martial arts is somewhat loose, but the physiological material is fascinating and well explained." Publishers Weekly also gave a positive review, remarking that the book would have an obvious appeal to fans of Batman.

Broader Impact

Zehr’s work has also had a reciprocal impact on the way the comics are viewed and even written, providing reference material regarding the “physical reality of Batman” as recognized by Scottish Batman, Incorporated writer Grant Morrison. More recently, because of Becoming Batman, media articles discussing Batman and the DC Universe have included commentary by Zehr as a relevant authority, or referred to ideas from his book, weaving his scientific perspective into the Batman conversation.

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Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero Wikipedia


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