Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City (Google eBook)

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Dennis O'Neil
BenBella Books, Inc., Aug 21, 2013 - ART - 219 pages
12 Reviews
Batman Unauthorized explores Batmanís motivations and actions, as well as those of his foes. Batman is a creature of the night, more about vengeance than justice, more plagued by doubts than full of self-assurance, and more darkness than light. He has no superpowers, just skill, drive and a really well-made suit.

One of the most recognized superheroes ever created, Batman has survived through campy TV shows and films, through actors such as Adam West, Michael Keaton and Christian Bale. Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City covers expansive territory ranging from the silly to the solemn. Why is the Joker so good at pushing Batmanís buttons? What does Batmanís technology say about the times? Why are Batmanís villains crazier than average? And why is Batman the perfect, iconic American hero?
  

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Review: Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City (Smart Pop)

User Review  - Eddie Beal - Goodreads

If you are not a fan of the Batman of the comics and movies, this book is not for you. This is not an apologetic to get you to like the character, nor is it a critical look at the character. This is ... Read full review

Review: Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City (Smart Pop)

User Review  - Dkolacinski - Goodreads

This was a really fun read, and makes me wonder why literary criticism should be about. The essays open up Batman for me, rather than trying to have the final word. Do I agree with all of them? Nope ... Read full review

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Contents

Keeping It Real in Gotham
7
Two of a Kind
17
Frank Millers New Batman and the Grotesque
35
Holy Signifier Batman
47
The Cost of Being Batman
55
Father Figure as Terrorist
69
The Dubious Origins of the Batman
85
Why Doesnt Bruce Wayne Retire Already?
99
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