Musings on Batman

Musings on Batman 150 150 Paul Levitz

There’s a new volume out updating an older collection of essays about Batman: MANY MORE LIVES OF BATMAN, edited by Roberta Pearson, William Uricchio and Will Booker (2016, British Film Institute). I’m pleased to say the lead essay is a piece of mine, “Man, Myth and Cultural Icon,” exploring why I think Batman has been the most protean of the great comic book heroes. He’s been successful (and perceived as ‘true’) in incarnations as different as the role played by Adam West and Christian Bale, as well as so many interesting comics incarnations. There are interesting essays by the editors and folks like Henry Jenkins, one of the academic founders of ‘transmedia’ as a subject. Check it out if you get a chance.