Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero

Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero

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by E. Paul Zehr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801890632

ISBN-13: 9780801890635

Pub. Date: 11/07/2008

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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.

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801890635
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/07/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
137,559
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword James Kakalios Kakalios, James

Pt. I Bat-Building Blocks: Exploring what Batman became by beginning where he started

Ch. 1 The "Before" Batman: How Buff Was Bruce? 3

Ch. 2 Guess Who's Coming for Dinner: Bruce's Twin Brother, Bob, and the Human Genome 11

Ch. 3 The Stress of Life: Holy Hormones, Batman! 30

Pt. II Basic Batbody Training: Laying the foundation for Batman's physical prowess to be later exploited by his skill

Ch. 4 Gaining Strength and Power: Does the Bat That Flies the Highest or the Fastest Get the Worm? 45

Ch. 5 Building the Batbones: Brittle Is Bad, But Is Bigger Better? 64

Ch. 6 Batmetabolism: What's for Dinner on the Dark Knight Diet 76

Pt. III Training The Batbrain: Batman on the path to mastery of the martial arts

Ch. 7 From Bruce Wayne to Bruce Lee: Mastering Martial Moves in the Batcave 101

Ch. 8 Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: But What Was Batman Doing? 123

Ch. 9 The Caped Crusader in Combat: Can You Kayo without Killing? 138

Pt. IV Batman in Action: Knight moves with Batman when he acts as the Caped Crusader

Ch. 10 Batman Bashes and Is Bashed by Bad Boys (and Girls): What Can He Break without Getting Broken? 161

Ch. 11 Hardening the Batbody: Can Sticks and Stones Break His Bones? 180

Ch. 12 Gotham by Twilight: Working the Knight Shift 199

Pt. V A Mixed Batbag: Pondering possible pitfalls along the path to bathood

Ch. 13 Injury and Recovery: How Much Banging until the Batback Goes Bonk? 219

Ch. 14 Battle of the Bats: Could Batgirl Beat Batman? 239

Ch. 15 The Aging Avenger: Could the Caped Crusader Become the Coped Codger? 247

Ch. 16 TheReign of the Bat: Can You Really Become Batman and Remain Batman? 260

Appendix Batman's Training Milestones 265

Bibliography 269

Index 285

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