Soul of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mythic Figure in Comics and Film

Soul of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mythic Figure in Comics and Film

by Alex M. Wainer

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Overview

Soul of the Dark Knight: Batman as Mythic Figure in Comics and Film by Alex M. Wainer

This is a book about the comics genre and language, how these were used to create Batman, and how that character’s longevity is largely due to the medium’s unique formal qualities. It argues that Batman’s core appeal is his mythic nature which allows him to transcend changes in reader tastes, the vicissitudes of the comics industry, and the changing media landscape. While including some historical elements, it is mostly a study of how the formal aspects of comics are able to evoke uniquely mythic qualities that have made Batman such a long-lived cultural phenomenon and how efforts to adapt these qualities into other media, particularly live-action feature films, have succeeded or failed based on the strategies employed.
The book sheds light both on comics as a medium and art form with its own language, syntax and codes and on the process of adaptation—a growing area of study, given Hollywood’s continuing interest in working with comic book superheroes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786471287
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 06/05/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alex M. Wainer is an associate professor of communication and media studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1 Myth and the Mythic 15

2 "I shall become a bat!" Batman's History, Personality and Legend 34

3 Mythic Characteristics in Batman 55

4 Comics Art and Batman 76

5 Adapting Batman and the Mythic into Film 101

6 Adapting Batman, Part 1: Batman in Film and Other Media 120

7 Adapting Batman, Part 2: The Christopher Nolan Batman Trilogy 142

8 The Comics Medium as a Means of Evoking the Mythic 161

Appendix: Charting the Mythic in Mass Media 175

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 185

Index 192

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