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Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero (edition 2008)

by E. Paul Zehr (Author), James Kakalios (Foreword)

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Battling bad guys. High-tech hideouts. The gratitude of the masses. Who at some point in their life hasn't dreamed of being a superhero? Impossible, right? Or is it? 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. A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable--though extreme--level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.… (more)
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Title:Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero
Authors:E. Paul Zehr (Author)
Other authors:James Kakalios (Foreword)
Info:Johns Hopkins University Press (2008), 320 pages
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A discussion on what it would take to remold one's self into the Batman (well, a Batman) and what that would mean in practical terms. Feels a bit padded at times, as if it could have simply been a long journal article, but well worth reading. Also answers the question as to how long someone could last working as the Batman. How long? Well, let's just say there's a reason why comics universes keep getting rebooted. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 2, 2017 |
When I first started reading this book my interest was mainly focused on comics and the idea of an actual 'Batman' but once I got reading I got caught up in the science and human nature that this book thoroughly goes in to. It states more than whether its 'possible for a superhero' by exploring the nature of human beings, what stresses would be had on the human body and whether someone would be able to take the gruelling battles physically and mentally. Overall it's a fascinating read, not only about the idea of a Batman, but the general science and biology of human beings. ( )
  Elliots89 | Apr 9, 2014 |
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Battling bad guys. High-tech hideouts. The gratitude of the masses. Who at some point in their life hasn't dreamed of being a superhero? Impossible, right? Or is it? 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. A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable--though extreme--level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.

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